Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home

920 Central Ave, Connersville, IN 47331 | 765-825-3131 | MAP

History of Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home
In 1900 a young man, Charles Myers, proudly opened his own funeral establishment in what was then the heart of downtown Connersville. His funeral business was in the 400 block of Central Avenue in the Oddfellows Building that is now occupied by the Connersville News-Examiner. The Myers Funeral Home remained in its original location for more than 30 years. In 1932 Mr. Myers purchased the Andrew Frazee residence at 920 Central Avenue, adapting it to the needs of the business while carefully preserving the original beauty of this handsome Victorian house. Now, in its 111th year of business, Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home, Myers Chapel, continues to serve the Connersville community.

Throughout the years, various additions and improvements have been made to the historical building at 920 Central. Several rooms have been added to the back of the building, and in 1957 a chapel was added to the north side. The four-car garage at the back of the property was remodeled to include a new preparation room, casket showroom, arrangement office and monument display room. This allows the staff to meet with families in a private and comfortable setting. In 1996, the attached parking lot was renovated to include additional parking surrounded by an attractive iron fence with brick pillars and walls.

The interior of the funeral home is tastefully decorated and comfortable. Many works of art by local artists are a part of the décor. These include a walnut grandfather’s clock constructed by former teacher Frank M. Butler, five paintings by Simon Risch of automobiles made in Connersville, a pencil drawing of the Fifth Street covered bridge by Gladys Freeland, paintings by Gladys Hassler, Luana Himelick, Ione Nutty, Mary Lake, L.J. Smith and Martha Callaway, covered bridge drawings by F.A. Bullard and D.G. Gray, and sculpture by Dan Parker.

One of the most outstanding changes in the services of the funeral home through the years occurred in the mode of transportation. When Mr. Myers established his business, he had one horse-drawn vehicle and rented additional hacks and horses from the local livery stable. The ornate oil lamps that were once a part of the funeral carriage are currently displayed in the foyer at the funeral home. Each of the highly polished silver lamps is etched with the letter “M” in the front glass lens. Today, a fleet of automobiles is available to meet the varying needs of the community.

Mr. Myers died in 1942 and his daughter, Dorothy, and her husband, Otto J. Pippin, assumed the operation of the funeral business. In 1960, Glenn R. Clark and his wife, Margaret, purchased Myers Funeral Home. Assisting Mr. Clark were George F. Jeffries, John C. Chapman and Andy Kenworthy. After Mr. Clark’s untimely death in 1970, his brother, Robert Clark moved to the funeral home to continue the business.

John L. Showalter, a Connersville native, was anxious to own a funeral home in his hometown. He had purchased the Baker Funeral Home, with locations in College Corner and Liberty, and the Fosdick Funeral Home in Liberty. In 1978, he formed Showalter-Blackwell Funeral Chapels with his long-time friend and associate, J. Michael Blackwell. They purchased Myers Funeral Home in April 1978. One year later, Joel D. Long, originally from the Orange community in Fayette County, moved back to Connersville with his wife, Vickie, to take a licensed position with Showalter-Blackwell, Myers Chapel. In 1998, the funeral home recognized Mr. Long’s commitment to the funeral home and community and changed the name to Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home, Myers Chapel.

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