This week’s Member Spotlight is on Tishomingo Funeral Home (TFH), which as staff states, began as an inspiration of God. At the time, Roger Hartwell was the pastor of Ravia Baptist Church and felt God leading him to minister to the people of Johnston County by providing them with more affordable funeral options.
After a lot of hard work and many prayers, Tishomingo Funeral Home emerged. Roger Hartwell and Sue Grove partnered to turn this vision into a reality. TFH opened its doors in October of 2013 at 705 N. Kemp Avenue. They also held their first funeral that month.
After seven years of business at the Kemp Avenue location, an opportunity arose to move to the downtown area. They made the choice to move to their current location at 320 West Main Street in February of 2019. At that time, Roger sold have of the business to his son, Blake, and they are now 50/50 partners.
The current building was built in 1902 as a funeral home. Other than a couple of other businesses, it has remained a funeral home over the years as the home of Chapman’s Funeral Home, Smith Funeral Home, Harvey Douglas, and Clark’s Funeral Service, and most recently of course, Tishomingo Funeral Home.
Even though TFH offers affordable funeral options, they do not cut corners on their quality of service or merchandise. They offer traditional services, even non-traditional if that’s what you want, and affordable cremations. Just as their mission was started to help those during the most difficult time of their lives, they continue to live by that mission still today. Helping their community is still the number one goal of the business.
TFH is very community oriented and believes in giving back at every opportunity they can. They have participated in local parades (and have won trophies!), helped with cemetery projects, put out flags on our veteran’s graves, assisted at Breakfast with Santa, Living Windows, and even helped host a luau for the residents of the local nursing home.
The staff at Tishomingo Funeral Home will continue to serve the great residents of Johnston County with the same purpose as they had in the beginning – excellent quality that’s affordable for all.
“Caring about others, running the risk of feeling, and leaving an impact on people, brings happiness.” – Harold Kushner