After my Facebook friend Josh Box with Steel City Urbex posted photos of an abandoned funeral home, it brought to mind two I have visited. There’s nothing creepier than a dilapidated funeral home and the two in the photos that follow also included abandoned hearses, which added to the creep factor.
The businesses were located in old homes in Eufaula and Opelika.
White & Sons Funeral Home
The first photos are from White & Sons Funeral Home in Eufaula, Ala. It was founded by Colonel (his name, not rank) White but I can’t determine if Colonel Sr. or Colonel Jr. was the first owner.
The last owner when the business was located in the home at 411 East Barbour Street was Colonel White III, who died in 1992, and then his wife, listed only as Mrs. Colonel White, who died in 2004.
I’m not sure if the funeral home is still in business at another location but the only phone number I was able to locate had been disconnected.
The home was in terrible shape when Sweetums and I visited in 2014 and the lot behind it was filled with junked cars and hearses … at least five old hearses covered in kudzu.
Ward’s Funeral Home
The second funeral home was Ward’s in Opelika, which I visited with Baby Girl in 2016. The gorgeous old home, located on private property, is in terrible shape and is posted as a hazard.
I peeked in the windows and saw three hearses that were left behind in the garage and, through the camera’s zoom lens, I could see caskets in an old showroom.
The details on the old house, which looked like Victorian-era architecture, were gorgeous, though. The ceiling of the porch was painted “haint blue.” Click here to read about that tradition.
More photos of White & Sons
More photos of Ward’s Funeral Home
4 thoughts on “Photos from 2 creepy abandoned funeral homes”
I hate seeing such beautiful old buildings go to waste like this! Wouldn’t it be great if one of those HGTV shows could be of fixing up possibly historic old homes and buildings?
I agree, too bad to see what must have been grand old mansions back in the day falling into ruins. I’m guessing that they were mansions, because the ones in my area tend to be very large old houses that were converted to funeral homes.We don’t have any that are abandoned, though. I understand that buildings like this cost a lot to keep up, too bad that they weren’t at least donated to the town or city and repurposed somehow (libraries, senior centers, etc.) instead of getting to the point where now all that can be done is demolish them.
I concur with the above two posts. I see these grand old buildings just left to rot is sad. They contain our history in every floor hoard and handcrafted molding/trim. Even those old hearses in the garage should be preserved as many of them were hand assembled, not done on an assembly line. I would love to see the inside of the place also.
I know. I hate to see our history lost, also. The problem is two-fold: Someone has to care enough to save them and then have enough money to restore them.