150 Years of Service

Laughlin Service Funeral Home & Crematory has been serving Huntsville area families for years. We are honored to be a part of the rich history of this community and plan to be a part of it for many years to come.

Established in 1868

Laughlin Service Funeral Home, founded in 1868 by the late James Burnett Laughlin, was originally located in Downtown Huntsville on the south side of the square. In 1892, Mr. Laughlin moved his funeral home to a brick building erected next to his home at the corner of W. Clinton and Gallatin Street. He operated his business until his death in 1906. His son, Humes Laughlin, continued in his father's business until his death in 1947.

In 1948, general manager John L. Purdy, purchased the funeral home, at our current location on Bob Wallace Avenue, from Liberty National Life Insurance Company of Birmingham, AL. In 1980, his son, John R. Purdy, became a partner.

John L. Purdy was recognized by the Alabama Funeral Directors Association with a 50 year service pin in 1988. The family partnership continued until John L. Purdy's death on July 2, 1996 at which time John R. Purdy became president. John's daughter, Loretta Spencer, became Secretary of the company shortly before his death. In 2005, Sarah Spencer Chappell, granddaughter and niece, joined the company continuing the family's commitment to Huntsville.




Laughlin Service Funeral Home & Crematory 
is celebrating 150 years of service to families in our 
community by awarding over $54,000 in grants 
to local non-profit organizations!

To celebrate their 150 years of service to the community, Laughlin Service requested grant proposals from area non-profit organizations. An independent committee narrowed the 33 submissions received down to 10 and those projects were announced in a public social media campaign to help select the recipients. Over 17,000 votes were cast resulting in grants being awarded to 10 local non-profit organizations totaling over $54,000.

Hunter Stephenson Rescue Center – Felines and Canines -  $5000
CASA - $2500
Free 2 Teach - $5000
HAP (Huntsville Assistance Program) - $5000
Huntsville- Madison County Rescue Squad - $5000
Community Free Dental Clinic - $10,000
Not One More Alabama - $4500
Second Mile Development - $4500
The Land Trust of North Alabama - $3500
Huntsville Hospital Foundation’s Hospice Family Cares - $9620.50

Thank you for allowing us to serve our community for 150 years!

We accept cash, personal checks, debit cards, bank cards and insurance policies.


Laughlin Service Funeral Home & Crematory
Phone: (256) 534-2471
Fax: (256) 534-2473
Email: info@laughlinservice.com
2320 Bob Wallace Ave. SW, Huntsville, AL 35805

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