WHAT: Harwell Funeral Home
WHERE: 2157 East St.
PHONE: (770) 786-2524
OFFICE HOURS: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to noon Saturday; 24 hours (as needed)
Tradition and heritage are trademarks of Harwell & Sons Funeral Home in Covington.
Owner Tommy Davis takes pride in the funeral home's long history of providing traditional service to the community for 118 years. The facility is a full-service funeral home that celebrates the life of a loved-one and offers traditional funeral services, cremations, prearranged and pre-need services.
Davis recently bought the business and brought back the facility's original name.
"We have a strong tradition here in providing service to the community, and I felt it was very important to return the name back to J.C. Harwell & Sons," said Davis.
The facility has three staterooms and a large chapel that seats more than 200. It's decorated in a manner befitting its historic flavor. According to its website, the facility was remodeled and updated in 2003 to accommodate a modern funeral home while maintaining the integrity of the century-old Southern home that has earned its place as a local landmark.
The business also offers DVD memorials, memorial folders of various designs and styles and music selections that can range from standard hymns to selections that honor the deceased and their favorite music.
"We provide services to families the way we would want services to be provided to us," said Davis. "We try to treat everyone as if they were a member of our family and treat them the way we want to be treated."
Davis got his start in the industry when he was 15, helping a family friend who owned a funeral home. The first funeral service he worked was his friend's grandmother, and he saw the kind of impact he could make on families in times of need.
"Their appreciation of me being there really meant something to me and to them," he said. "They were very grateful and at that age - at 15 - I thought it was (neat) to be able to do something you enjoy doing and I have been working in the funeral business ever since."
Davis also serves as Newton County coroner. He also a member of the Covington Rotary Club and Elk's Lodge, a Mason and his family attends First Baptist Church of Covington.
Davis wants to continue the Harwell tradition of providing dignified services to the community as they have for 118 years, to continue being dependable friends in time of need, and to be an active part of the community.
"The loss of a loved one is the hardest time of anyone's life. You can lose your job, your house, or your car, but if you lose your loved one, that's a part of your heart," said Davis. "So we treat families with respect, dignity, compassion, caring and kindness. (That's) our main focus with every family that we deal with."