History of Ridout's Gardendale Chapel
Ridout’s-Brown-Service, Inc. began in 1928 when Mr. Rufus M. Lackey founded Service Insurance Company in Anniston, Alabama. In 1933, the Service Insurance Company moved to Birmingham and merged with Brown Burial Insurance Company and became known as Brown Service Insurance Company. In December 1943, the Lackey family sold the company to Liberty National Life Insurance Company, but continued to operate twelve funeral homes in Alabama.

In 1947, Ridout’s-Brown-Service, Inc. began expanding in order to better serve the people of Alabama. The following is a list of the Ridout’s-Brown-Service properties that were acquired by an affiliate of Service Corporation International in 1996:

Ridout’s Valley Chapel, Homewood Opened February 1951

Johns-Ridout’s Southside Chapel, Birmingham Opened October 1951

Roebuck Chapel Opened October 1956

Johns-Ridout-s Mortuary, Elmwood Chapel, Birmingham Opened June 1962

Ridout’s Trussville Chapel, Trussville Opened June 1975

Gardendale Chapel, Gardendale Opened April 1976

Lackey Floral Company, Birmingham Opened November 1982

Southern Heritage Funeral Home and Cemetery, Pelham Opened April 1987; Acquired by Ridout’s October 1987

Forest Crest Cemetery, Birmingham Acquired by Ridout’s October 1987

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