Hardage-Giddens funeral homes have a long and storied history in the Jacksonville community. We're going on a century of providing funeral, cremation and burial services through what has grown to be a group of 11 funeral homes and 5 cemeteries in Florida's Duval and Clay counties.
- Catered Receptions
- Funeral Celebrants
- Event Space
- Multicultural Funerals
Dedicated service to our families
Though times have changed and our business has expanded, our commitment to compassionate care, attention to detail has remained the same. The Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home located on Hendricks Avenue, in Jacksonville's Lakewood neighborhood, welcomes you with a professional staff and a pledge to guide you through one of the more personal and challenging stages of life. We understand that losing a loved one is a difficult, emotional experience, and we are here for you.
A life well celebrated
Hardage-Giddens believes a funeral or memorial should be as unique as the person it honors. In fact, we create personalized services that beautifully capture the essence of you or your loved one.
First, we help you find inspiration. Maybe it's in a song or hobby. It could be a trademark style or a lifelong passion. Everyone has something that has influenced their life. We turn that inspiration into a service filled with thoughtful and meaningful details.
You may want a traditional funeral service in our chapel followed by a catered reception, or you may opt for direct cremation with a scattering in the Atlantic Ocean. Or perhaps the occasion calls for a no-holds-barred celebration, complete with live music, favorite food, personal tributes and hand-selected mementos. Either way—or anywhere in between—you'll find there's no limit to the special memorial we can create.
From guitars to golf, bagpipes to cupcakes, bird-shaped urns to blue marble monuments, we take the things that mattered to someone and string them together to create a singular, heartfelt service.
Everything you expect and more
We are a member of the Dignity Memorial® network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers. When you choose a Dignity Memorial provider, you get not only the warm, friendly service you expect from a locally operated funeral home in Jacksonville, but also the value you deserve.
Please call us for immediate assistance planning a funeral or if you would like more information about our services.
The history and tradition of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Homes goes back 90 years and has touched thousands and thousands of Florida lives.
The Hardage side of things
In 1929, Hugh Hardage Sr. and Ralph Williams opened a mortuary at 517 Park Street, in the Riverside area of Jacksonville. They called it Hardage and Williams Funeral Home. The company became Hardage and Sons when Ralph retired in 1944, and 4 of Hugh’s sons (Hugh Jr., Robert, Gordon and Richard) became partners in the family business. Hugh Sr. died in 1964, and his sons continued operations, even expanding by acquiring Estes-Krauss Funeral Home in 1971.
Giddens gets its start
Meanwhile in 1932, elsewhere in Jacksonville, T.J. Giddens and J.D. McEwen opened Giddens Funeral Home, at 85 Riverside Avenue. T.J. operated the firm; J.D. was a silent partner, and 3 years later sold his interest to T.J. In 1941, T.J. moved the original funeral home to 116 Riverside Aveune.
Ronald Giddens joined his father as a partner in the funeral home in 1947. His 1st funeral home opened on South 3rd Street in Jacksonville Beach. It now operates as Beaches Chapel by Hardage-Giddens, on Beach Boulevard.
In 1960, William Griffith became a partner until his retirement in 1972. In 1970, Ronald opened Edgewood Chapel in the city's Murray Hill neighborhood.
Hardage + Giddens
The firms of Hardage and Sons and Giddens-Griffith merged in 1972, though they operated separately under their respective names. Each continued to expand throughout the city of Jacksonville. In the mid-1980s, the names merged.
Now all of the funeral homes fall under the Hardage-Giddens Funeral Homes umbrella, and all are members of the Dignity Memorial® network of funeral, burial, cremation and cemetery service providers.
Ronald, along with his daughter, Robin Giddens Sheppard, remain active in the business, upholding a legacy of excellence and integrity in the community, along with a staff of nearly 200 employees at 11 funeral homes and 5 cemeteries in Florida's Duval and Clay counties.