The caring and experienced professionals at Latimer Funeral Home are here to support you through this difficult time. We offer a range of personalized services to suit your family’s wishes and requirements. You can count on us to help you plan a personal, lasting tribute to your loved one. And we’ll carefully guide you through the many decisions that must be made during this challenging time.
You are welcome to call us at any time of the day, any day of the week, for immediate assistance. Or, visit our funeral home in person at your convenience. We also provide a wealth of information here on our web site so you can learn more from the privacy of your own home.
When Skillern Hardware was established, in 1884, by Alex Skillern, it sold caskets and casket handles. In 1900, James Ison Latimer, Mr. Skillern’s son-in-law, started offering funeral services through the hardware store. The hardware store was also the local funeral business, as was often the case in those days. James I. Latimer was known as an honest merchant and funeral director. When Alex Skillern became inactive in his business, he relied on his son-in-law to continue to operate it until 1942. In 1935 Mr. Latimer moved his funeral business to an old house located on the corner of 3rd and West Howard Streets.
In 1937, his son, Jimmy Ison Latimer joined the company. After finishing high school in Nashville, he went to the Cincinnati Embalming College, where he graduated with high honors.
In 1945, another son, James Hearn Latimer joined the family business of Latimer Funeral Home.
After long years of planning, hard work and careful supervision, the brothers moved the business into its new building, at 115 East Hempstead St., where it is located today. The new facility opened on March 1, 1959. In 1980 Latimer Funeral Home was sold to Madden Enterprises.