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.
Celebration of Life center
Facility is designed for personalized funeral celebrations
- Recently renovated
- Large capacity chapel up to 250
- Piano/organ on site
Option for mail delivery of ashes
Sent through postal mail service, signature required.
- Cremation remembrance jewelry
- Option for home delivery of ashes
Free Funeral Planning Resources
Funeral planning can seem overwhelming. These guides can help you every step of the way—from choosing between traditional burial planning and cremation, designing a religious ceremony or a celebration of life, and deciding on cemetery property or filing for veteran's benefits.
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A modern funeral home
Our 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.
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.
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.
"Very personable experience. Have nothing but good things to say about the funeral home director and services. They literally took care of everything quickly and efficiently"
"Helped with every aspect of our funeral and made it painless as possible."
"These people know how to make the best of an unbearable situation. The knowledge and care given by the staff to meet every need was wonderful."
Verified Cremation & Memorial Service Customer
"I COULDNT HAVE ASKED FOR BETTER SERVICE. EVERYONE WAS VERY THOUGHTFUL & HELPFUL. THANKS TO EVERYONE THAT HELPED ME. IT HELPED HAVING CARING PEOPLE."
"EVERYONE WAS SO CARING AND UNDERSTANDING. YOU HAVE A GREAT GROUP OF PEOPLE THERE. THANK EVERYONE SO VERY MUCH. MY HUSBAND WAS VERY SICK AND THEY DID WONDERFUL WITH HIM."