Summerville Funeral Home, Inc. is a modern funeral home all on one
level. We are located on 24 hwy just on the East side of
Salisbury, Missouri. We are a full service funeral home
providing traditional, cremation, and memorial services, cemetery lots at Eastlawn Memory Gardens, as well as monuments and markers.
Family is an important part of our life. When death occurs, most feel
comfortable being surrounded by family and friends. Our mission is
to make your experience with us as comfortable as we can. We want
you to feel like you're a part of our family and we try to provide as best
as possible a home like atmosphere. We want to lessen the stress and
burdens as much as possible, by letting the family plan and individualize
the funeral they want for their loved ones.
All through life we
mark our lives with milestones, noteworthy events marked with
ceremony. Births, baptisms, weddings and anniversaries provide
opportunity for ceremony and ritual.
When death occurs
family and friends gather together to celebrate a life that was lived and
share the sorrow that is present. Our intellect understands death, but our
emotional adjustment is difficult. A funeral "ceremony" has a
healing effect on our emotions and provides a tribute to a life well
In the next few pages
you will find a description of services that we provide to our
clients/families. We hope it enhances your
understanding of funeral services.
building at the corner of Main & Mulberry Streets in Huntsville,
Missouri has served area residents for 95 years as Patton Funeral Home,
as it is known today. Over the years it has had numerous names and
various owners: R.L., Tom B., Paul & Tom G. Patton, 4 generations giving
as combined 145 years of continuous service to the community they each
John N Taylor Furniture
Store and Funeral Home was purchased in 1912 by R.L. Patton and the name
of the business was changed to R.L. Patton Funeral Home and Furniture
Store and Tom B. and Frank Patton joined their father in the family
business. Caskets were made on the premises and furniture and horse
drawn buggies and carriages were, also offered for sale. Embalming took
place in the home of the deceased and services were held in the family’s
church or at the residence and the deceased were transported in a horse
Over the years many
changes have taken place, paint and floor refinishing and floor
coverings were added to the furniture store and a chapel was added to
the funeral home. Services and preparation of the body began to take
place on the premises.
Tom B. bought the
business from his parent’s estate in 1940. Paul completed his schooling,
received his license in 1938 and continued to work with his father and
the name was changed to T.B. Patton & Son Funeral Home. Miss Irene
(Fuhrman) Turner became the bookkeeper in 1941 and was a valued employee
until 1979. Tom G. graduated, licensed and joined the firm in 1963,
The Wilbert Vault plant
was opened in Moberly around 1945 by Henry Koch and the first Wilbert
Vault was sold by Tom B. Patton. Wilbert Vaults are still the vault of
choice by families today. The business was purchased by Paul & Tom G. in
the late sixties and Tom B. continued to work in the funeral home until
his death in 1973.
The area funeral homes
operated ambulance service in the county for many years and in the late
sixties the Randolph county Ambulance Service went into operation and
continues today serving the county.
There was a major
remodeling of the façade of the building in the late sixties and the
inside was remodeled in the early eighties, which brings the structure
to where it is today.
Paul retired in 1981 and
Tom G. and Kathy (who is also a licensed funeral director) bought the
business and discontinued the furniture store and the carpet and paint
business was phased out.
The funeral home, also,
offers a place for the morning coffee drinkers to gather and share the
latest town happenings and local sports news
Over the years we have
had hundreds of families who have entrusted us with their loved ones and
families wishes. The Patton family has been blessed with so many friends
and it is impossible for you to know our gratitude. Just know that will
always try our best to give you sincere service and know that you are