Greenwood Delta Funeral Home

Ray Mattox cuts the ribbon opening his Greenwood Delta Funeral Home on Sunday at 1008 Sgt. John Pittman Drive. Taking part in the ceremony are, from left, Gloria White, Greenwood-Leflore County Chamber of Commerce ambassador; Gwen Mattox, Charlene Johnson, and co-owner Dr. Andy Johnson.

Greenwood Delta Funeral Home finally has a forever home.

Ray Mattox and his partner, Dr. Andy Johnson, held a grand opening reception Sunday for friends, family and members of the Greenwood business community in their new building at 1008 Sgt. John Pittman Drive, adjacent to the Elks Lodge.

Mattox had been operating in temporary quarters on Park Avenue since the former funeral parlor he managed, Greenwood Funeral Home, 1100 John Pittman Drive, was struck by lightning and burned in April 2018.

After the fire, the owners, Kenny and Jenny Thompson, decided not to rebuild and to get out of the funeral business. Mattox looked for new partners and a new location.

Johnson, a veterinarian and owner of Greenwood Animal Hospital, and Mattox are longtime friends through North Greenwood Baptist Church. Mattox previously told the Commonwealth he and Johnson had talked for years of partnering in a funeral home before they heard of the Thompsons getting into the business.

“I’m back with my original partner and my original plan,” he said.

The 7,000-square-foot building includes a chapel and two parlors, allowing three visitations at one time. There are also offices and a casket selection room. Mattox said the funeral’s design is traditional, with one nod to technology — wide-screen televisions to allow for video tributes.

Mattox brings his 40 years of experience in the funeral industry to the new building, where he is joined by Charlie Peel, now serving families for his 60th year, and Mattox’s brother, Jerry.

“I’m a traditionalist,” Mattox said. “We’re here to serve families in any capacity.”

Contact Gavin Maliska at 581-7235 or gmaliska@gwcommonwealth.com.

 

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