[Peoples Funeral Home, Marshall]

[Peoples Funeral Home, Marshall]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Peoples Funeral Home is located at 1301 W. Grand Ave. in Marshall, Texas. Owned by three generations of the Williams family, it has served the African-American community since 1927 (as listed in the city directories). It is still in operation. It was established by Milton Williams, Sr. Born and reared in Harrison County, he became a mortician. He married Josie P. Campbell and they established six funeral homes in East Texas. He also started the Peoples Funeral Service Insurance Company. He died in 1966, and is buried with his wife in the Powder Mill Cemetery of Marshall. Milton Williams, Jr. continued in the family business. He graduated from Bishop College of Marshall and the Texas School of Mortuary Science in Ft. Worth. He was also a certified insurance underwriter. Active in professional, church, and civic matters, he was the first Negro to run for public office in Marshall. He is deceased. His widow, Rubye Adams Williams, is still active. They produced two children: a daughter, Dr. Rubye Jo Williams Jones (see Texas History Portal entry) and Milton Herschell Williams, III. This son has also continued in the family business. Educated at Wiley College of Marshall and the University of North ...
Contributing Partner: Marshall Public Library
[Clayton and Thompson Funeral Home]

[Clayton and Thompson Funeral Home]

Date: 1948
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of a wooden building identified as Clayton and Thompson Funeral Home on 2105 Procter Street. Columns decorate the front of the building, and a canopy covers the walkway from the door to the street. In the yard, there are trees shrubs, and a post with handwritten text that says "2100 Procter."
Contributing Partner: Port Arthur Public Library
[Clayton and Thompson Funeral Car]

[Clayton and Thompson Funeral Car]

Date: 1938
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of a man identified as Bill Pearce standing beside a Clayton and Thompson Funeral car. The door of the car is partially open, and the man has one leg propped in the doorway. The car says "Clayton & Thompson[,] Phone 2500" on the side. In the background, there is a garage. Pearce lived in Dallas, Texas in 1981.
Contributing Partner: Port Arthur Public Library
[Clayton and Thompson Funeral Cars]

[Clayton and Thompson Funeral Cars]

Date: 1939
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of two Clayton and Thompson Funeral cars. The cars are both white and say "Clayton Thompson Dial 5551" on the sides. In the background, there are trees and a wooden building.
Contributing Partner: Port Arthur Public Library
[Clayton and Thompson Funeral Home]

[Clayton and Thompson Funeral Home]

Date: 1936
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of a building identified as Clayton and Thompson Funeral Home on 2105 Procter Street. Columns decorate the front of the funeral home, and a canopy covers the walkway from the door to the street. Trees and bushes surround the funeral home. Cars are parked along its curb, and a sign on the corner of the yard says "Clayton & Thompson Funeral Home[,] Phone 2500."
Contributing Partner: Port Arthur Public Library
Fuller Mercer Funeral Service

Fuller Mercer Funeral Service

Date: April 12, 1950
Creator: Douglass, Neal
Description: Exterior view of Fuller Mercer Funeral Service. From the 1949 City Directory: Fuller Mercer Funeral Service (for Colored), Miss GEM Mercer, Owner, Lloyd Sheffield Mgr, Funeral Directors and Morticians, Superior Ambulance Service, 1164 Angelina.
Contributing Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library
[Kelso Funeral Home]

[Kelso Funeral Home]

Date: 1941
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of a burial service from Kelso Funeral Home. There is a hearse parked next to a tent with a crowd of people around it.
Contributing Partner: Collingsworth County Museum
[Photograph of a Group of People Outside Boykins Funeral Home]

[Photograph of a Group of People Outside Boykins Funeral Home]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of a group of African Americans standing outside the Boykins Funeral Home. Most of the thirty-two elderly men and women are wearing funeral attire: dark dresses and hats for the women.
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Mike Cochran
[Portrait of Jimmie Kelso, Funeral Director]

[Portrait of Jimmie Kelso, Funeral Director]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of a man identified as Jimmie Kelso, the funeral director for Kelso Funeral Home. He is seated at a desk and facing the camera.
Contributing Partner: Collingsworth County Museum
[Fuller Funeral Home]

[Fuller Funeral Home]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of the Fuller Funeral Home at Green Avenue and Eighth Street in Orange, Texas. The white house has a front porch and a dormer above the front door. A turret is visible on the back right corner of the building.
Contributing Partner: Heritage House Museum
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