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Here to serve you
Our team provides a comforting and traditional atmosphere adaptable to meet the needs of individual families in a time of grief. We find great satisfaction in the number of clients who are referred to us by other families, and we are dedicated to serving every family with compassionate professionalism.
At Whitehurst, our hallmark is listening. We are honored to truly get to know the lives of those we celebrate, so that we can craft a memorial experience that genuinely reflects the life, times and passions of the individuals we serve.
We're proud to be a member of the Dignity Memorial® network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers. Our client families receive hometown service from a local team that personally understands Central California.
Whether we assist you with an immediate need, guide you on a tour of our beautiful facility or a discussion about final arrangement planning options, we are honored to serve you.
Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns & Blair Funeral Home traces its tradition of caring, thoughtful service back to 1929. Originally founded as Sullivan, Burns & Blair, the funeral home initially operated in the Romaine Mansion in the heart of downtown Fresno. One of the original owners of the funeral home was California Senator Hugh Burns. Eventually, Senate duties took too much time away from the management of the Chapel, and the company was sold to the Whitehurst family.
Honoring traditions of all faiths
Founder Joel A. Whitehurst began offering funeral services in 1911. Together with his wife Anne, he purchased a partnership in the Stockton and Ives Funeral Chapel in Los Banos in 1921. The Whitehurst family bought out Mr. Ives, and eventually the Whitehurst brothers, Joel II and Bill, expanded the funeral home. In 1958, they took over management of Sullivan, Burns & Blair. As they became the premier provider of Fresno-area funeral services serving all faiths, they outgrew their downtown location. In 1964, Whitehurst built a state-of-the-art, full-service funeral home in the Fig Garden area of North Fresno.
Commitment to you
For nearly a century, Central Valley families have counted on the Whitehurst team. Our motto has always been, “Our commitment to serving you comes first.” Longtime employee Donald Cardell and his supporting team continue to uphold the Whitehurst tradition of exceptional service, “often imitated, never duplicated.” Today, we are proud to be a member of the Dignity Memorial network of funeral, cremation and cemetery providers, offering our clients an even higher level of quality and satisfaction.
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