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.
Crim Furniture and Hardware met the needs of Rusk County families by building caskets and providing an ambulance service in 1914 in the back of the Burton-Crim Hardware and Furniture Store. In 1925, Mr. Crim opened his first "funeral parlor" at 115 North Marshall and in 1934 built a new structure at 113 South Marshall. At that time, funeral homes also provided ambulance services and the ambulances were kept behind the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Crim. In the 1950s, Mr. and Mrs. A. Crim sold the business to Mr. and Mrs. Billy Crawford. In 1968, the Crawford's built the current facility at 1414 South Main.
Billy Crawford and his wife, Betty Roy Crawford, served the Henderson and Rusk County Community side by side for over 35 years. The kindhearted nature of these two people along with their staff helped approximately 6000 Rusk County families through very difficult times for many years; each person was treated as if they were a family member and loved one.
In 2003, Crawford-A.Crim merged with Bryan Funeral Home and became Crawford-Crim-Bryan Funeral Home. In May 2009, Billy Crawford's sons, Gary and Scott Crawford, and Pat Murphy bought Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home. In April 2021, Travis Orr was invited to join the partnership to ensure that Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home continues to be family owned for the next generation. The commitment is as strong today as with the founders: treating families with compassion, dignity and respect. Taking care of families is as important today as it was a century ago.
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 striving to serve them as we would our own family.
This is the original crew that served the families of Henderson and Rusk County for 35 years. The level of quality, comfort, and compassion with which they served continues today at Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home.
Top row, left to right: Bill Davis, Billy Crawford, Tommy Gibson
Bottom row, left to right: J.D. Craft, Betty Roy Crawford, Vermell Altenburg
Our Valued Staff