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Experiencing the loss of a loved one is never easy, but we’re here to help you cope at Walker's Funeral Home & Crematory of Mebane. From traditional funerals to pre-planning and grief counseling, we’re the most trusted source for compassionate service in Mebane, Graham or the surrounding areas of Alamance and Orange Counties.
For over 96 years, we’ve proudly served the residents of Alamance and Orange counties. Being locally owned and operated, we are able to keep our prices affordable because we don’t serve an out-of-state owner or investors. When you do select Walker’s Funeral Home & Crematory of Mebane, all your money is supporting a local family owned business in Alamance County.
Walker's Funeral Home and Crematory of Mebane is owned by Mrs. Elizabeth Walker, who serves as President and Trustee...
In an era of people having a mindset so much directed toward "buying local" and using local businesses in some fashion, the funeral business does come into discussion with community members.
Some local independently owned funeral homes have been a mainstay of Alamance County for a long time. They aren't hard to spot, often any locally owned funeral home on their website will make their ownership very clear in the text. Most of the locally owned funeral homes accept that most families have certain loyalties either through geography or previous use of a certain funeral home. The family is usually well decided on their choice of funeral director much as they would their physician or attorney. Our funeral directors are North Carolina natives and some were raised here locally, they know the community well and have contributed to the area in community service and support for their entire lifetime.
Corporately owned funeral homes usually have several distinguishing characteristics. They seem to thrive and obsess on the "numbers" and volume they do. They rarely make any reference in print advertising or their website as to their ownership - something an independently owned funeral home will make a priority to disclose to the public. Most corporately owned funeral homes advertise heavily and often make a large play for (this isn't bad - just a distinguishing characteristic...) prearranging or prepaying for your funeral. Often, they are in such a rush to gain those "volume" numbers that they will tweak their pricing a bit from family to family - one set of prices for those who pay in good faith - and one set to attract those who drive a bargain for a service. The Federal Trade Commission requires funeral homes to publish their pricing on their General Price List, unfortunately, it does not address the issue of how they might price to two different types of families. Another play some try is inflating prices on merchandise and then say, "Oh yeah, I am going to give YOU a discount!"
In our expierence from years in the business, a concern we have had and watched closely was insurance companies that sell preneed insurance - one thing is almost for certain - sooner or later the insurance company will sell to another or buy another company. When this happens it is hard to predict what their future business plan will look like or what you can expect from the company.
It is somewhat like that with some of the local funeral homes who are corporately owned, sooner or later the possibility exists that an ownership buyout is more likely than any of the independently owned firms. We are not saying corporate ownership is all bad - just that it bears watching as to who actually owns the company and what will their future be? Is it owned by an out of state company? If locally owned but have an out of state investor what percentage is locally owned? Do they own other firms or cemeteries and what is their reputation? If so, wonder why their advertising or website information would not willingly disclose that ownership? We can proudly say we are the Only 100% locally owned funeral home in Mebane and Graham.
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