Funeral and cremation

Hickory Funeral Home


How may we help you?

At Hickory Funeral Home, we have provided funeral and cremation services to families in the Hickory, North Carolina, and surrounding Catawba County communities since 1928. With more than 90 years of service, we continue to lead and innovate while upholding our heritage and commitment to our community.






Our Difference

When planning a funeral, you should feel confident in your funeral provider. The Dignity Memorial family of funeral homes, crematories and cemeteries is backed by the largest network of funeral providers in North America. We are proud to offer valuable services to families that only we can offer. Learn more about the Dignity Difference.

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A modern funeral home

Signage at Hickory Funeral HomeOur 13,000-square-foot funeral home has many updated features to make it attractive and convenient for families: The single-story building includes a 190-seat chapel, spacious hallways and numerous visitation rooms to accommodate your needs. As an additional service, we also provide catering and have a dedicated space for families to enjoy their meal.

Convenience is also 1 of our hallmarks at Hickory Funeral Home. We are located on more than 3 acres of land and offer ample parking. Our funeral home is located near many Hickory-area hotels and restaurants for the convenience of out-of-town family members and guests.

Personalized services

Our experienced associates are dedicated to helping you create a memorable and meaningful tribute that celebrates your loved one’s unique and special life. From photographs and memorabilia to music and catered receptions, a personalized funeral or cremation service can be as simple or elaborate as you desire. You simply provide the inspiration and we’ll take care of all the details.

Hickory Funeral Home is a member of the Dignity Memorial® network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers. All of the funeral and memorial services are designed to help you through one of the most personal and challenging stages of life. We understand losing a loved one is an emotional and difficult experience, and we are committed to helping you with compassionate, professional and personal service.

Visit us

We invite you to visit us at 1031 11th Avenue Blvd. to meet our staff and tour our spacious funeral home facility. Please contact us if you need immediate assistance or would like more information about our funerals and cremations.


Hickory Funeral Home was founded in 1928 by Cary E. “Thel” Hayworth and was purchased by the Drum family in the 1940s. Originally located across from Hotel Hickory, Hickory Funeral Home moved to 102 First Ave. NE in 1948. Years later, John S. Hodges bought an interest in the business and managed it for several years.

Hickory Funeral Home was sold in 1970. Gene Carpenter subsequently took over the management position until his retirement in 1991. Ron Swift, an employee of Hickory since 1965, began managing daily operations after Mr. Carpenter’s retirement. The funeral home moved once more to 11th Avenue Blvd., where a brand-new facility was developed to serve the families of Catawba County and the surrounding area.


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