Sparkman Funeral Home, located in Richardson, Texas, comes from a long and rich history of funeral homes serving the greater Dallas areas. Originally established by George W. Loudermilk in 1893, the Sparkman tradition began after Will R. Sparkman purchased the Loudermilk business in 1920. It was operated under the name of Loudermilk-Sparkman from the first location at Elm and Ervay, then from a building near the present site of Dallas City Hall, and later from a location at Elm and Harwood.
In keeping with his firm’s growing reputation as Dallas’ premier funeral home, Mr. Sparkman moved his business to a famous city landmark in 1926. He moved to the A.H. Belo mansion at Ross and Pearl Street, which had been built by Colonel A.H. Belo, founder of The Dallas Morning News. Though Sparkman remodeled the mansion, he preserved its homelike qualities and colonial grandeur.
Sparkman’s remained in the downtown Dallas location until 1976 when Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home opened on Northwest Highway in North Dallas, adjacent to Hillcrest Memorial Park. In order to better serve the growing Dallas community, Sparkman/Crane Funeral Home was opened in 1956 at Garland Road and Easton.
Sparkman Funeral Home in Richardson opened in 1995 to serve families in the Richardson, North Dallas, and Garland areas. The Colonial-style building on Greenville Avenue with its soaring white columns features a warm home-like atmosphere, along with an open and bright chapel, which can seat more than 200 people.