Our History


The Armour and Son’s Funeral Home was established in Goodwater, Alabama in 1953 by Mr. Otis Armour Sr.  In 1954, his eldest son Otis Armour Jr. graduated from the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science and returned to Alabama to work in the business.  In 1957 the firm was taken over by Otis Jr. Under Otis Armour Jr.’s leadership the business expanded to include a branch in Tallassee, Alabama. After successful ventures in Goodwater and Tallassee, the businesses were consolidated and the Armour Funeral Home was moved to Alexander City, Alabama.

Otis Armour Jr. was a pillar in the Alexander City Business Community establishing the Armour’s Memorial Funeral Home in 1963.  As the business grew, he expanded again to Sylacauga Alabama in 1974, where he purchased the former Madden Funeral Home. He built and opened the new Armour Funeral Home in Sylacauga in 1975. He then expanded to Lineville, Alabama in 1976. His businesses soon grew to include Armour’s Memorial Gardens in Alexander City.

Otis and Hattye Armour, both licensed Funeral Directors, were known in the community for their compassion, professionalism and dedication to excellence in funeral services. They were servants to the community, willingly opening their doors not just for funeral services but for weddings, a civil defense center, Community Action Services, business meetings, Civil Rights meetings or whatever the community needed to grow.

Mr. Armour passed away in 2012 but his legacy lives on in the Armour’s Memorial Funeral Home.  Hattye Armour remains the business owner and looks over daily operations.

In 2011 Mr. Armour’s son Darrell Armour and brother Demetrius Armour, a 1975 graduate of Kentucky School of Mortuary Science joined the firm. Both men are dedicated to continuing the commitment of professional, quality service that the firm has provided for many, many years. Both men are licensed Notary Publics for the state of Alabama at Large.

The next generation hopes to bring the same service to the community and continue the tradition started back in 1953 by Otis Armour Sr.

The Armour’s Memorial Funeral Home has been a long time member of the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce, The Alabama Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, The NAACP, Alabama Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association. We are certified with the National Board of Funeral Service and the Alabama Board of Funeral Services.

For over 60 years the Armour’s Memorial Funeral Home has served the Central Alabama community. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff stands ready to serve whenever the need arises. Today we strive to live up to our motto of “More than expected in Service at Less than expected in Cost.”



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