James B. Earthman Sr. began his business in 1889 with a commitment to a high standard of service. For over 125 years, we’ve continued to lead and innovate while maintaining that original standard of high quality care. Earthman Baytown Funeral Home upholds this heritage and commitment to providing families in Baytown, Texas, and the surrounding areas with the finest funeral and cremation services.
- Catered Receptions
- Event Space
- Multicultural Funerals
A modern funeral home
Our contemporary Garth Road funeral home has a large chapel and plenty of room for a gathering with friends and family. Should you wish to host coffee and tea, or even lunch or dinner, we can handle food and beverage catering. Because we know that each life is different and every family is unique, our team is trained to listen carefully and help you design a perfectly personalized funeral or memorial service.
At Earthman Baytown Funeral Home, we pride ourselves on creating events that truly celebrate you or your loved one. Whether you are seeking an intimate gathering of close family and friends, a traditional funeral service with a catered reception or a creative celebration (complete with a live band, favorite foods and funeral favors), we take care of every detail. We are here to help you and your family celebrate a life like no other.
From scrapbooking to sailboats, guitars to golf balls, barbecue to balloon bouquets, we take the things that mattered to someone and string them together to create a singular, heartfelt memorial.
Comfort and value
As a member of the Dignity Memorial® network, Earthman Baytown Funeral Home gives you not only the warm, familiar attention you expect from a locally operated business but also the value you deserve by way of the largest network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers in North America.
James Bradshaw Earthman Sr. was a blacksmith and livery service provider in Taylor, Texas. The town of Taylor purchased a horse-drawn hearse, and as proprietor of the livery stable, James was frequently asked by the townspeople to assist with their funeral needs. Beginning in 1889, providing funeral services became James's full-time profession.
In 1904, James and his friend, railroad surveyor J.C. McCarty, moved to Houston and established the Earthman and McCarty Undertaking Company at 715 Main St. The company prospered and, in 1924, moved to 2420 Fannin St. After J.C.'s death, the company became J.B. Earthman Company.
The next generation takes over, J.B. and Blanche
After the death of James in 1931, his son, James B. "J.B." Earthman Jr., a graduate of St. Thomas High School and Rice University, left his successful architectural career to manage the company. Blanche Bastien Earthman (J.B.'s wife) assisted with the daily operation of the business. Blanche was a notable individual, especially when you consider the social restrictions placed on women of the era. In fact, Blanche was one of the first women in Texas to become a licensed funeral director.
J.B. was a pioneer in advanced funeral planning, founding a burial insurance company in the 30s. Together, J.B. and Blanche built Earthman Funeral Directors & Cemeteries into one of the largest family-owned and operated funeral companies in the United States. Their children and grandchildren continued to manage and expand the business, adding new locations throughout the community.
Bringing the business to Baytown
In 1948, the couple opened a new location in Baytown, setting up in what was the downtown area at that time. A few years later, in 1953, they opened our sister location: Earthman Memory Gardens Cemetery on Garth Road in Baytown. The first burial took place there in April 1954. In 1978, they moved Earthman Funeral Home to its current location, 4.5 miles south of the cemetery, also on Garth Road.
James B. Earthman Sr. began with a commitment to a high standard of service, and throughout our history we’ve continued to lead and innovate while maintaining that standard. Everyone at Earthman Funeral Directors & Cemeteries is proud to uphold his heritage and commitment to our community.
Earthman Memory Gardens Cemetery
Should you need cemetery services, we will be happy to connect you with our sister location of Earthman Memory Gardens Cemetery. Their peaceful Garth Road cemetery, also known as Baytown Memorial Cemetery, offers a range of burial options, including traditional in-ground burial, a columbarium for cremations and above-ground entombment in a beautiful mausoleum. Please know that no matter what you ultimately select is right for you, we will be honored to work with any cemetery you choose.