It's not Halloween yet, nor is the Grim Reaper recruiting, but a local Hope funeral home is hosting a unique open house event on Thursday, along with a ribbon-cutting by the Chamber of Commerce.
It’s not Halloween yet, nor is the Grim Reaper recruiting, but a local Hope funeral home is hosting a unique open house event on Thursday, along with a ribbon-cutting by the Chamber of Commerce.
The funeral home in question, now called Herndon-Fuqua, happens to be one of Hope’s longest continuously running businesses, dating back to 1898 or 120 years of service, and over the past year, it has undergone transitions in ownership as well as a makeover inside.
Hope director Scott Brown said, “We’ve gone through a total building renovation with a new showroom, new products and new owners. We are excited to have this showcase on Thursday and invite people to see what we’ve done and meet the new ownership.”
Brown said the new owners are familiar hands in the funeral home industry in this part of the state. Brothers Vickers Fuqua and Thomas Fuqua have long run a family-operated funeral home in Texarkana, and both of them are expected to be in Hope for Thursday’s event.
“They have been a family ownership just as this one in Hope has been over the years as Herndon and Herndon-Pharr, and they have other business interests in the community, too. They are committed to the area,” Brown said.
Fuqua Funeral Home also acquired the Pharr Funeral Homes in both Prescott and Gurdon last October as when they purchased Herndon-Pharr in Hope.
Brown said, “The building here has been totally upgraded with all new carpet and paint throughout the building, new sound equipment, and a new showroom to showcase the upgraded inventory of caskets and personalized accessories.”
As custom for Chamber ribbon-cuttings and grand openings, there will be the usual ribbon ceremonies as well as refreshments and door prizes.
The story of Herndon has been well-known and documented over the years. It was owned and operated by the Herndon family from 1898 to 2007, when it was purchased by Wendy Brown Pharr. It operated as Herndon-Pharr until it was sold to Fuqua Funeral Home in October 2017.