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    100% Service Guarantee

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    Recently renovated

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    Large capacity chapel up to 250

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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.

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.







At Dignity Memorial, we take our promises seriously. That’s why we offer a 100% service guarantee. We strive to get every detail right the first time, every time. If for some reason we don’t and you’re dissatisfied with any aspect of your service, we will remedy it quickly and fully.

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Interested in learning more? Call us at 828-322-3010 to request a custom quote.

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Ratings & Reviews

Verified Customer Reviews

Since 2005, many of our customers have taken the time to tell us how we did each year via our Voice of the Customer program. Our star ratings and comments from families come directly from these surveys.

"I do not want my name or any info about me appearing anywhere. Retired federal agent with zero social media presence."

jd-power-verified-checkmark Verified Burial & Memorial Service Customer

November 2020

"My father-in-law passed away in April 2020. Another funeral home was used. The same type of service was planned for him as my dad. The special details, i.e., visitation book with the Navy Seal, his initials at bottom of page. When body arrived there was a Naval magnet as well as flags on vehicle, placement of the flag in a protective cover, little details like these made things so special and personal. My family has used this funeral home for 50+ years, service has always been outstanding. Ron Swift is TOPS in my books. Will be heard to hear when he totally retires. Thanks"

jd-power-verified-checkmark Verified Burial & Memorial Service Customer

November 2020

"Ron Swift was great to work with. Very professional."

jd-power-verified-checkmark Verified Burial & Memorial Service Customer

October 2020

"My experience with Hickory Funeral Home was excellent."

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September 2020

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