(Town Crier photos/Nan Snider)
Owner Buddy Hebert and his full staff of employees were on hand to greet visitors and direct tours through the newly renovated facility on main street. Refreshments were served in the kitchen and hospitality area.
"It gives us great joy to open our service here in Caraway," Hebert said. "The people in this area have requested that we build here, so they would not have to go out of town when they experience the loss of a loved one and plan their funeral service."
"Gregg's has been in service for 132 years and we are still experiencing growth throughout Northeast Arkansas," he said. "We have establishments in Jonesboro, Harrisburg, Monette and now Caraway."
Caraway Mayor Barry Riley presented Hebert with a framed certificate proclaiming it Gregg Funeral Home Day in the City of Caraway. Several councilmen and city officials were on hand for the open house.
Five $20 gift certificates were donated by Caraway businesses and awarded as door prizes along with open house souvenir cups and fans. Merchant gift certificates were from Western Auto, Dollar General, Caraway Drug and Flowers, Central Kwik Shop, and Roach's Thriftway.
Multipurpose rooms can be used before and after services, as needed. A flower receiving room has been placed at the south entrance for delivery convenience, during and after regular business hours. A casket selection room has been added on the east side of the building to help families make complete funeral arrangements and to meet burial needs.
Parking will be available at the north and south entrances and on the east side of the building.
Gregg Funeral Home staff members, city officials and special guests took part in a ribbon cutting in front of the new facility in Caraway on Sunday, Aug. 23. Pictured are, from left: Kirk Babb, Mark Sullivan, Ray Blanchard, Johnny Parrish, Jerry Lewis, Mark Weston, Linda Keeton, Angela Landry, Owner Buddy Hebert, John Walker, State Representative Ray Kidd, John Boatman, Caraway Mayor Barry Riley, Roger Williams, Marvin Browning, and Rev. Rick Stevens. Not pictured: Janet Rolland. (Town Crier photos/Nan Snider)
Mayor Barry Riley proclaims Aug. 23 as Gregg Funeral Home Day in the City of Caraway.
Janet Rolland of Monette registered visitors during the Sunday open house and presented special keepsake souvenirs.