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History

A Century of Service

We are honored to be a part of our Murray community, and plan to be here for years to come.

As the twentieth century dawned, John Milton Imes, a merchant in Calloway County, saw that families experiencing the death of a loved one carried the burden of arrangements for burial and services, as well as the burden of their grief and loss. He realized that third party assistance would allow these families the time and opportunity to properly mourn.
 
On September 7, 1901, John Imes opened a funeral home in the upstairs portion of his Almo general store. The Kentucky State Board, at its inception in 1912, licensed Mr. Imes.
 
Mr. Imes' commitment to respect, compassion, and family budgets is the same commitment that the Imes family holds today.
 
Milton’s son, L.W. “Whit” Imes, owned and operated the funeral business ifrom 1933 until 1946 when he sold the business, at which time it moved to Imes’ current downtown location at 311 N. 4th St.
 
The former name of that facility, Imes-Miller, refers to Thelma Miller, former matriarch of the business, who remained a part of it until her death at age 95 in 2014. 
 
The funeral home was reacquired by the Imes family in 2001, when Kenny and Mary Beth Imes purchased the business. An offsite crematory was added to expand service options in 2001. The Heritage Chapel (built in 2000 and originally operated as Murray Calloway Funeral Home) on the 121 North Bypass was purchased in 2002.

In 2004, Kenny and Mary Beth’s son, John Beale Imes, joined his parents and brother Matthew ("Matt") in the family business, full-time. In 2014, Matt and his wife, Wendy, purchased the funeral home from his parents and now operate both the downtown Murray and the Heritage Chapel, across from Coldwater Rd. on 121 N Bypass, under the umbrella of Imes Funeral Home and Crematory.
 
Today, sixth generation funeral service provider, Matt Imes along with wife, Wendy Imes, parents, Kenny and Mary Beth Imes, brother, John Imes, Sammy Cunningham, Janus Villardo, Carmen Garland, and Patrick Morris continue to serve, support and elevate local families with the same sensitivity, compassion and respect, that John Milton Imes envisioned well over a century ago.
 
We continue to adopt new ideas and opportunities to better meet the economic, emotional and spiritual needs of the families we serve and our community. We accomplish this though our unyielding commitment to excellence, years in the community, our roots in the industry, and our individual commitments to our profession.

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Heritage Chapel of Imes Funeral Home & Crematory | 1804 Highway 121 Bypass North | (270) 753-9000

Imes Funeral Home & Crematory - Downtown Murray | 311 North 4th St. | (270) 753-7000

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