TOLLESBORO –After more than 100 years in business, a local funeral home said it was closing its doors.
Barbour and Son Funeral Home announced plans on Monday to close effective Oct. 31.
“It’s been an honor to be a part of the Tollesboro community for more than a century,” said Market Manager James Aliff. “We look forward to serving families at our other Dignity locations and will continue to maintain the high level of exceptional service our client families expect.”
Established in 1902, Barbour and Son has provided funeral services for the Tollesboro area for more than 100 years.
Barbour and Son Funeral Home is owned and operated by Dignity Memorial, a network of more than 1,800 funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers based in Houston, Texas.
According to David Lawrence of Knox and Brothers Funeral Home, another member of the Dignity Network, closing Barbour and Son was a corporate decision.
“They’ve closed several across the country. If there is a funeral home within 30 miles, they see which one is making more money or costing more to keep running to see which is kept open.” Lawrence said.
Lawrence said the move was a way to keep overhead down for the company.
Tuesday will be the last day the funeral home will be open for business.