Rhoton Funeral Home

1511 South Interstate 35e, Carrollton, TX 75006 | 972-242-5261 | MAP

History of Rhoton Funeral Home
Rhoton Funeral Home was the direct outgrowth of the Carrollton Mercantile Company, founded in 1903 by C. E. Hudson and J.C. Davis. In April 1911, J.T. Rhoton and his family moved to Carrollton from Garland, where he assumed the management of the general merchandise store. By 1915, the owners had changed the firm’s name to Hudson & Davis Company, which had originated in Garland in 1895. The company eventually had 20 dry goods stores throughout Texas, of which Rhoton oversaw the operation of three: Carrollton, Plano, and Midlothian.

In 1923, Rhoton purchased the firm and renamed it Rhoton Dry Goods & Undertaking Company. J.T. Rhoton’s son, Holman, also joined the business. The Dry Goods and Undertaking Company remained on the square’s east corner of College Avenue and Denton Drive until the undertaking portion of the business was moved, giving the citizens of Carrollton a complete mortuary facility.

In late 1951, construction was initiated on a new two story masonry and frame structure at the northwest corner of Hwy 35 and Crosby Road. Through necessity, the firm operated an ambulance service for more than 40 years until Holman Rhoton donated the emergency vehicles to the cities of Carrollton and Farmers Branch. In 1962, the Rhoton Funeral Home was purchased by Weiland-Merritt Inc. of Dallas. The firm was later renamed Rhoton, Weiland-Merritt in 1964.

Holman D. Rhoton was born in 1902, and became the first licensed embalmer in Carrollton. In 1963, on the 50th anniversary of the town’s incorporation, Holman was the recipient of a Plaque of Appreciation from the City of Carrollton for his civic participation. On June 9, 1977, he was honored by the Texas Funeral Director’s Association for his 50 years of service in the funeral profession.

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