The Shannon funeral chapels and cemetery—Shannon Rufe Snow Funeral Chapel and Shannon Rose Hill Funeral Chapel and Cemetery—have provided obituary, funeral, memorial, burial, cremation and cemetery services for Fort Worth and the surrounding area for more than 100 years. Although much has changed in more than a century of business, much has stayed the same: Quality services, compassionate care, a professional team and attention to detail remain the hallmarks of Shannon Rufe Snow Funeral Chapel. Today, more than ever, we are committed to northeast Tarrant County.
- Catered Receptions
- Funeral Celebrants
- Multicultural Funerals
Creative funeral services
As a member of the Dignity Memorial® network of funeral and cemetery providers, we are committed to exceeding expectations. How that plays out is as unique as the loved ones we help celebrate. Regardless of the type of service you seek, our goal is to leave an indelible mark of a life well lived. We offer a broad range of services and welcome people of all backgrounds.
Maybe you are seeking a basic cremation with ashes scattered in a personally meaningful place, or maybe your loved one wanted a full traditional funeral service with a cemetery burial. Perhaps a creative outdoor celebration complete with live music, favorite foods, personal tributes and funeral favors is the order of the day. From guitars to golf balls, baseball to bluebonnets, margaritas to motorcycles, we take the things that mattered to someone and string them together to create a singular, heartfelt memorial.
The talented and devoted team at our North Richland Hills funeral home continues a long legacy of providing the very best in service, attentiveness and compassion to Tarrant County families. We understand that losing a loved one is a difficult and emotional experience, and we are committed to compassionate care.
Shannon Funeral Chapel dates back to 1906.
The early years
North Fort Worth was a separate town when S.D. “Dave” Shannon arrived 20 years earlier. He and his partner, long-time funeral director George L. Gause, recognized the opportunity that existed in the rapidly growing north Fort Worth region.
Dave Shannon soon moved into county and state politics and turned the firm over to his sons, J. Oliver Shannon and S.D. Shannon, who improved the business by adding a fine horse-drawn hearse and ambulance. In 1919 they bought out Gause’s interest and changed the name to Shannon Funeral Chapel. Later, their younger brother, Marvin Boyd Shannon, joined them.
The company relocated several times before settling into a facility at the corner of 12th (now Northside Drive) and North Main streets. The funeral home shared facilities with Tarrant Masonic Lodge #942, which is across the street from the old Shannon North location. In the 20s, a second location was built in the Polytechnic Heights area of east Fort Worth. This new chapel was the first building in Fort Worth built specifically as a funeral home.
Growth and change
After a period of economic depression, prosperity returned to the United States in the 1940s, and in 1949 the North Chapel was relocated across Northside Drive. Air-conditioned ambulances and limousines were added to the Shannon fleet. The ensuing 30 years were ones of growth and change. Jack and George Shannon joined the enterprise, representing the family’s 3rd generation of funeral directors. The 2 insurance companies were merged into one, forming Shannon Life. The North Chapel was enlarged twice and a new facility, Shannon TCU, was opened in 1968 in response to southwest Fort Worth’s need for a premier modern facility.
In 1984 the Shannons expanded into the cemetery business through the purchase of the historic 90-acre Rose Hill Cemetery in east Fort Worth. The park was renamed Shannon Rose Hill and restoration began immediately. The cemetery, which was founded in 1929 and had conducted more than 18,000 burials, had an estimated 30,000 undeveloped spaces at that time. In 1988 Shannon Rose Hill Funeral Chapel was opened on the cemetery grounds.
By 1993 the growing Shannon Companies had expanded into cemetery, floral, life insurance and advanced funeral planning operations, and it was time to refocus. The life insurance company was sold to a larger insurer with deep Tarrant County roots. Shortly thereafter, the firm recognized that many of the families it had served for generations were moving to thriving northeast Tarrant County. In 1997 the company responded by opening Shannon Rufe Snow Drive Funeral Chapel. In the early 2000s, Shannon Funeral Chapel closed Shannon North, its oldest chapel, to focus on Shannon Rufe Snow Funeral Chapel and Shannon Rose Hill Funeral Chapel and Cemetery.
Our business today
Today, Shannon Funeral Chapels is a multifaceted, dynamic and growing business offering a wide range of products and services through 4 funeral homes, a cemetery and a florist. Although much has changed in more than a century of business, much has stayed the same. Our talented and devoted team proudly continues the legacy of providing the very best in service, attentiveness and compassion to client families. Today more than ever, Shannon Funeral Chapels are close, convenient and committed to our community.