Tag Archives: Georgia Funeral Homes

Jacob Phinizy House, 1882, Augusta

This Second Empire house was built for Jacob Phinizy (9 August 1857-30 May 1924) circa 1882. Phinizy was the great-nephew of John Phinizy, owner of the iconic house next door, and a cotton factor with his family’s firm, F. Phinizy and Company. He also served as a president of the Georgia Railroad Bank. His father’s family was from Oglethorpe County.

Beginning in 1946, the house served for many years as the Poteet Funeral Home. It was modernized at that time by the local architectural firm of Scroggs & Ewing.

Greene Street Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

C. W. McDougald Funeral Home, Butler

Robert Lee McDougald established his undertaking business in 1936 and it continues to this day, as the C. W. McDougald Funeral Home. Robert McDougald, known as “Professor”, also served as the principal of the Butler Colored School [later known as Eureka High School and McDougald High School] located next door to the funeral home. The McDougald family has been prominent in the African-American community of Butler for nearly a century.

Greek Revival House, Americus

This amazing Greek Revival townhouse likely dates to the 1850s-circa 1860. The only history I’ve been able to track down so far is that it once served as a funeral home. I hope to update with a name and a more accurate date. The facade of the house was obscured by pines for many years but has recently been exposed by the removal of the trees.

Americus Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

Killen-King House, 1852, Perry

Built for Judge Samuel D. Killen, this Greek Revival home was later owned by the Francis Marion King family and the Penn-Dixie Cement Company, who used it as a clubhouse. It was purchased by Gardner Watson in 1955 and has been used as a funeral home since then.

Hilton House, 1890, Sylvania

As is often a tradition in Georgia towns and cities, one of the grandest homes in the city serves as a funeral home. In Sylvania, it’s the Thompson-Strickland-Waters Funeral Home. Its history is shared here by Nancy Hilton Scherr, via Norman Scherr: The funeral home was built in 1890 by my grandfather, Lee Holmes Hilton, who was only 25 at the time. He moved his wife and children in and the Hilton Home remained in our family until about 1950. He was killed in 1911 after achieving so much including bringing the first bicycle to Sylvania, the first car (an Orient Buckboard), the first bank (Screven County Bank), the first oil mill (Screven Oil Mill), and the first telephone company which was a line connecting Sylvania with the outside world at a station on the the Central of Georgia Railway. Founding the nearby town of Hiltonia, he served on the Sylvania Board of Education, and he also served in the 1900 and 1901 Georgia House of Representatives. My father, named after him, practiced law for years in Louisville, Kentucky, until he moved us back into the Hilton House where he had been born in 1904. I loved living there as a very young girl. Papa died at age 79 and was prepared for burial in the home he was born in, a full circle of life.

G. L. Haynes Funeral Home, Warrenton

This is an old African-American funeral home. It’s certainly one of the more unique such places I’ve seen.

Uriah B. Harrold House, 1893, Americus

This imposing Queen Anne has served as the Hancock Funeral Home for many years.

Americus Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

Watson-Mathews Funeral Home, Montezuma

montezuma ga watson mathews funeral home mckenzie house photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2016

This is one of the most unique houses in the area. It became a funeral home in 1969.

montezuma ga watson mathews funeral home photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2016

Montezuma Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

Abandoned Funeral Home, Gough

Gough GA Burke County Old Schoolhouse Abandoned Funeral Home Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

The owner of the adjacent properties told me this was a funeral home for as long has he could remember.  I believe it could have originally been a schoolhouse or church. As of 2019, this has been razed.

Old Post Office, Stapleton

Stapleton GA Jefferson County Early 20th Century Old Post Office Commercial Storefront Architecture Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

For many years, this served as Stapleton’s post office. I believe there was a store here, as well, and later, a funeral home.