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Our Beginning

P EERY & ST.CLAIR INCORPORATED OF TAZEWELL, VIRGINIA WAS FOUNDED IN 1898 AS A HARNESS BUSINESS. SHORTLY THEREAFTER IT EVOLVED INTO A HARDWARE/FURNITURE STORE AND A FUNERAL PARLOR. THE FOUNDERS OF THE COMPANY, BOTH TAZEWELL COUNTY NATIVES, WERE WILLIAM E. PEERY AND ALEXANDER ST.CLAIR. MR. ST.CLAIR WAS ACTIVE IN THE OPERATION OF THE COMPANY UNTIL 1918 AND MR. PEERY REMAINED WITH THE BUSINESS UNTIL 1934. BEGINNING IN 1918, MR PEERY'S SON, JAMES W. PEERY STARTED HIS CAREER WITH THE COMPANY. HE OPERATED THE BUSINESS UNTIL 1967. THE R.O. VANDYKE FAMILY PURCHASED ALL INTEREST IN THE COMPANY DURING THIS PERIOD AND CONTINUES IT’S OPERATION TODAY.
THE LATE JOHN H. MULLINS, JR. SERVED AS GENERAL MANAGER AND FUNERAL DIRECTOR FOR THE COMPANY FROM 1967-1983 AND THE LATE ALFRED C. WILDER SERVED AS MANAGER OF THE FUNERAL HOME UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT IN 1975. THE CURRENT FUNERAL HOME MANAGER, DAVID T. LARIMER, I. BEGAN HIS CAREER WITH THE COMPANY IN 1971 AND CONTINUES AS FUNERAL HOME MANAGER. THE FUNERAL HOME CURRENTLY EMPLOYS FOUR FULL TIME AND FIVE PART TIME EMPLOYEES AND SERVES ALL OF TAZEWELL AND THE SURROUNDING COUNTIES.
THE COMPANY BEGAN OPERATIONS AT 108 MAIN STREET AND IN 1960 THE FUNERAL BRANCH OF THE COMPANY MOVED TO THE FORMER WILLIAM L. PAINTER HOME AT 130 MAIN STREET. IN 1973, CONSTRUCTION BEGAN ON A NEW 9900 SQ. FT. FUNERAL HOME FACILITY ON BEN BOLT AVENUE. THIS FACILITY WAS COMPLETED IN 1975. IN 1981, THE BUSINESS PURCHASED THE FORMER GREEVER FUNERAL HOME OF TAZEWELL AND EVENTUALLY MERGED IT’S OPERATION WITH PEERY & ST.CLAIR FUNERAL HOME.
TODAY, AFTER 112 YEARS, PEERY & ST.CLAIR, INC. REMAINS LOCALLY OWNED AND OPERATED AND CONTINUES IT'S PROUD TRADITION SERVING THE FINE PEOPLE OF OUR BEAUTIFUL AREA.
AS WE CONTINUE TO SERVE THOSE WHO CALL UPON US, WE WILL OPERATE WITH THE SIMPLE BUT SUCCESSFUL PHILOSOPHY THAT IF WE ALWAYS TREAT OUR FAMILIES THE WAY WE WOULD WANT TO BE TREATED, THAT IF WE TREAT THEM HONESTLY AND FAIRLY, AND THAT IF WE HAVE FLEXIBILITY IN MEETING THEIR NEEDS, THEN THEY WILL HONOR US BY REMAINING OUR FAMILIES. THEY WILL REMAIN OUR MOST VALUABLE ASSET.
WE SINCERELY THANK EACH FAMILY THAT WE HAVE SERVED DURING THEIR TIME OF BEREAVEMENT FOR YOUR TRUST IN OUR COMPANY. WE ARE VERY HONORED AND APPRECIATIVE.



 
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