History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Imes Funeral Home and Crematory, at 311 North 4th Street in Murray began on September 7, 1901 in Almo under the ownership and direction of John Milton Imes in the upstairs portion of his general store in Almo. The Kentucky State Board, upon its inception in 1912, licensed Mr. Imes.

Milton’s son, L.W. “Whitt” Imes, who was also a licensed undertaker, succeeded Milton Imes in 1933. Whitt Imes owned and operated the funeral business in Almo until 1946 when he sold the business to Max H. Churchill who then moved the business to the corner of 5th and Elm Street in Murray and renamed it ‘Max H. Churchill Funeral Home’. Max Churchill’s father, James Horace Churchill, had been in the undertaking business in Murray since 1886 having succeeded his father, John Edward Churchill, who began his undertaking business building and selling coffins in 1847 in the Pottertown Community on the east side of Calloway County.

Max H. Churchill moved his funeral home to 311 North 4th Street in Murray in 1950 after having purchased the McElrath home and remodeling it for use as a funeral home. Max Churchill owned and operated the funeral home until his death in 1985 when Johnny Miller of Miller Funeral Home in Hazel purchased the business. Mr. Miller owned and operated the funeral home until its sale in 1993. The funeral home was reacquired by the family in 2001 when Kenneth Churchill and Mary Beth Imes purchased the business and renamed it Imes-Miller Funeral Home to reflect its rich heritage of dedication and commitment to Murray and Calloway County families. An offsite crematory was added to expand service options in 2001. In addition to the Fourth Street location, the Heritage Family Funeral Home on the 121 North Bypass was purchased in 2002.

In 2004, Kenny and Mary Beth’s son, John Beale Imes, became licensed and joined the funeral home full-time representing the 6th generation of the Churchill family and 4th generation of the Imes family dedicated to serving the families of Murray and Calloway County. In 2014, Richard Matthew Imes, son of Kenny and Mary Beth, and his wife, Wendy, purchased the funeral home operating both locations, downtown Murray and the Heritage Chapel, under its new name, Imes Funeral Home and Crematory.

The staff of Imes Funeral Home and Crematory, Kenny and Mary Beth Imes, John Beale Imes, Richard Matthew and Wendy Imes, Sammy Cunningham, Timothy Young and Danny and Kim Sims is proud of its reputation of offering a finer service, a fairer price and a friendlier staff to the families it serves.

Imes Funeral Home and Crematory is not affiliated with the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home.


Our Valued Staff

Kenneth Churchill Imes

Kenneth Churchill Imes, Kentucky and Tennessee Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

A lifelong member of the community, Kenny has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 1969 and is the fifth generation to his family to be in funeral service. He and Mary Beth, who is also a licensed funeral director, have been married over 50 years. They have three children, Molly, John and Matt and have seven grandchildren and one great grand daughter.


Mary Beth Imes

Mary Beth Imes, Licensed Funeral Director

Mary Beth was born and raised in Calloway County. She has been a licensed funeral director since 1975. She has been married to Kenny Imes for over 50 years and have three children, Molly, John, Matt Imes; seven grandchildren, Elizabeth, Maddie, Luke, Landan, Will, Abby, Hugh and one great grand daughter, Martha.


John Beale Imes

John Beale Imes, Kentucky and Tennessee Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

John was born and raised in Calloway County. He graduated from Calloway County High School in 1988. He earned his Bachelor's Degree from Baylor and Murray State University. He and his wife, Shannon, live in Murray and have two children, Elizabeth and Luke, as well as, one granddaughter, Martha.


Matt Imes

Matt Imes, Licensed Funeral Director, Licensed Life Insurance Agent


Sammy  Cunningham

Sammy Cunningham, Funeral Director Apprentice

Sammy was born in Murray, KY on September 9, 1962 to Ruth and Robert Cunningham and is a graduate of Calloway County High School. He attended Mid Continent College. Sammy has pastored churches in Western Kentucky for over 30 years. He joined the staff at Imes Funeral Home and Crematory in 2015 as a Funeral Director. He is married to Deborah Roos Cunningham and has three children; Kayla, Alyssa and Mariah. He loves to collect antique toys. His greatest joy in life is to help others in their time of need.


Wendy Imes

Wendy Imes, Licensed Life Insurance Agent, Funeral Director Apprentice

Wendy is a native of Murray. She graduated from Murray High School in 1996 where she played basketball. She then earned a Bachelor's in Business/Marketing from Murray State University and is a Licensed Life Insurance Agent, as well as, a Funeral Director Apprentice. Wendy is the wife of Matt, co-owner of Imes Funeral Home & Crematory. They married on May 1, 2004 and have three children, Will, Abby and Hugh. She is a member of Young Professionals of Murray, volunteers at Soup for the Soul and Hickory Woods Retirement Center for the monthly bingo game and is very involved at her church. Wendy believes that her position in funeral service is truly a called ministry.


Janus Vilardo

Janus Vilardo, KY Licensed Embalmer & Funeral Director

Janus has been a Licensed Embalmer and Funeral Director since 1989 after graduating from Cypress College of Mortuary Science in California. She married Tony Vilardo in 1990 and they have three children: Jacqueline, Nicholas and Phillip. They have called Murray home since 2004. Janus is very happy to be a part of the dedicated Imes family assisting those families who entrust us with their loved one's care.


Lynn Colley

Lynn Colley, Funeral Support Staff

Lin was born in Mayfield, Kentucky. She graduated from Cuba High School & earned her 30 above Master’s Degree from Murray State University. Lin taught first grade at Sedalia Elementary for 30 years and retired in 1998. She and her husband, Al (Butch) Colley have been married for 50 years. They have one daughter Alison (Chris) Hill and two grandchildren, Colley & Ripley Hill. She has enjoyed working with the Imes family since 2007.


Carmen Garland

Carmen Garland, Funeral Support Staff

Carmen is the newest addition to Imes Funeral Home and Crematory. Born and raised in IL, she came to Murray to be an MSU Racer. She earned B.S. and M.S. degrees and began working at Murray State in several administrative roles. She retired after 31 years. Carmen has two sons, Justin and Josh. They are both married, have two children each and live in Murray. Carmen loves spoiling her grandchildren, enjoys home projects, and working in her yard. She is proud to be a part of the Imes family business that has such a strong personal commitment to families in their time of loss, sharing their grief from loss of beloved family members, dear friends, and cherished pets.