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Locally Owned vs Chains

Legacy Funeral Home • Wann Funeral Home

In today's fast paced world, it is often difficult, if not impossible, to know who owns the business you are dealing with. What you may not know is that not all funeral homes are owned by local families. While they may have been operating in your community for years, and their names have not changed, some funeral homes have sold out to national conglomerates.

These funeral conglomerates keep the family name on their businesses, because they know that at your greatest time of need you are more likely to turn to a local family you feel you can trust rather than a national chain you know nothing about. These are large corporations that are publicly traded on the stock exchange. This makes them responsible to their stockholders and board of directors to grow profits year after year. As a result you end up paying more money and receive less value for your funeral service.

The following is a list of such conglomerates and the funeral homes they are operating in the Chattanooga area.

Carriage Services, Inc., a conglomerate from Houston, Texas, owns:

  •  Williamson and Sons Funeral Home


While some Williamson family members are still employed by Carriage, they no longer own or have control of Williamson and Sons Funeral Home.

  • Lane Funeral Home, Coulter Chapel
  • Lane Funeral Home, South Crest Chapel 
  • Heritage Funeral Home, East Brainerd Chapel
  • Heritage Funeral Home, Battlefield Parkway Chapel


Service Corporation International, the world's largest funeral/cemetery conglomorate, from Houston, Texas, owns:

  • Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, North Chapel
  • Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, East Chapel
  • Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, Valley View Chapel
  • Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, East Brainerd Chapel
  • Advantage Funeral & Cremation Service Franklin Strickland Pinkard Bryan & Smith Funeral Directors
  • Hamilton Memorial Gardens
  • Chattanooga Memorial Park

 
Why Our Locally-Owned Funeral Home Is The Right Choice: Our funeral homes are locally-owned and have a single focus; to provide the best quality service and value to our families and friends. We are not governed by a corporate headquarters in Houston, Texas, or driven to increase profits for Wall Street stock traders. We know that our success depends upon how we treat each and every family we serve. It is our goal, not only to satisfy your needs, but to exceed your expectations.
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We are proud to be the only locally-owned funeral homes and on-site crematory north of the river in Hamilton County.