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Hamburg Arkansas Economic Development Team Feature Friday Features Jones Hartshorn Funeral Home


This week for Feature Friday we want to highlight and long time business in Hamburg. Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home was established in 1927 by Murphy Jones. Steve Hartshorn and Kay Hartshorn purchased their funeral home in 1993.

Steve and Kay had the opportunity to move to Hamburg in 1991 and manage the Jones Funeral Home. They visited our small town on a Saturday afternoon and before they left town they purchased an Ashley County Ledger. Upon reading the paper, they realized that Hamburg was another “Mayberry” and felt as though it was a perfect place to raise their 3 children.

In 1993 the opportunity arose for Steve and Kay to purchase the funeral home and decided to go for it after falling in love with the town and people they serve. Two of their three children have chosen to live in Hamburg as well and raise their children in the town the Hartshorn’s fell in love with.

“We strive to offer the best funeral care service in our part of the state. We believe that Hamburg and Ashley County have a lot to offer and we are glad to be a part of it”. – Steve and Kay

We would also like share the incredible long time history of this notable business, please see below:


“The year was 1927, Calvin Coolidge was President and Charles Lindbergh made his famous flight. It was the year that the monument at Mt. Rushmore was dedicated and “Babe” Ruth was baseball’s leading hitter.

It was also then, in the year 1927, that Murphy Jones founded the Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg and began helping Hamburg and Ashley County families through difficult times. At that time, it’s likely Mr. Jones had no idea to what extent this noble business he has started would be taken. Quite possible, he was simply satisfying an instinctive desire to provide support to his friends and neighbors when they needed it most.

In the 1930’s the Jones family purchased the Barnes home and moved the funeral home to its present location on East Lincoln Street. The funeral home has under gone several renovations down through the years and is the most up to date, modern and largest funeral home in the area. In 1976, the chapel was built next to the funeral home. It was designed by Mr. Ray Oneal, manager and long time employee of Jones Funeral Home with a seating capacity of over 200 people. It is one of the best designed funeral chapels in Arkansas and has been duplicated on several occasions.

The Jones family owned the funeral home until 1987 at which time they sold the business to Steve Barnett. In 1991, Steve Barnett sold the Jones-Barnett Funeral Home to the Mortimer Funeral Home in Mississippi. Steve Hartshorn was brought in to manage the funeral home and in 1993, Steve and Kay Hartshorn purchased the business. In 2002, the name was changed to Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.

While our firm is proud of its past, we are always looking for better ways to serve you in the future. Whether that means adding more special services or making renovations to our facility, we are dedicated to our profession and committed to helping the people in Hamburg and Ashley County who have come to mean so much to us.

Over the years, as more and more families have come to rely on us to help them through one of the most difficult times in life, we have found ourselves relying equally on the support of our community. We have always thought of this as a special partnership. Backed by over 90 years of dedicated, reliable service, you can count on us to be here for your generations to come.”

We are so incredibly lucky to have such a reputable business in our town that provides only the best quality of service. We’d like to thank Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home and its staff for serving our town and it’s people.

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