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M. J. Edwards Funeral Home

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M.J. Edwards Funeral Home in Memphis, Tennessee, provides affordable care that exceeds expectations. Since 1980, our team of committed associates has cared for every family as our own. We’ll guide you through the process of planning a funeral (burial or cremation) from start to finish, meeting your needs and honoring your family traditions and personal preferences.

We know that losing a loved one is an emotional and challenging experience, and our mission at M.J. Edwards is to alleviate as much stress as possible. By devoting ourselves to the utmost care and attention at the time of need, guiding your family through the process, and sharing the benefits of planning ahead, we've built lasting relationships and earned our community's trust.

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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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About

Traditional and contemporary funeral services in Memphis, TN

A Dignity Memorial associate speaking with a client while sitting at a desk. Located in a two-story red brick building at the corner of Airways Boulevard and Spottswood Avenue, M.J. Edwards Whitehaven Funeral Chapel serves people from all walks of life and all faiths. A long-standing supporter of the people of Memphis, we know and understand the backgrounds and customs that are important to our friends and neighbors. Our large-capacity funeral chapel holds up to 250 guests. We also have white limousines available to lease.

When you first meet with an M.J. Edwards funeral director or celebrant, we'll ask questions about your loved one: what he liked to do, what she cherished, how he thought about the world, or how she liked to spend time. From there, we create a service that speaks to the unique life of your loved one—whether that's a traditional religious funeral in our chapel or a contemporary and upbeat celebration of life outdoors.

An jazz musician playing the saxophone You can inspire us with a memory of your loved one, a hobby that grew into a passion, a favorite music genre or a signature style. From boating to boxing, jazz music to old-time gospel, prize-winning roses to prize-winning roadsters, we take the things that mattered most to your loved one and gracefully weave them together to create a personal and heartfelt memorial.

Our team is experienced in planning catered events. Whether it's a breakfast buffet after a morning service, cake and coffee in the afternoon, or a full dinner reception, just let us know what you have in mind. We'll handle food, drinks, decor and more. We'll also help you write an obituary, create a multimedia tribute video for the service and assist you in choosing music.

Cremation services

Football coach memorial with urn, trophies, football and pendantsNot everyone knows that there are many cremation options. If you are interested in this increasingly common decision, the funeral home team can explain the different choices. From a simple cremation without a memorial service to a witness cremation or a full funeral service before or after the cremation, we can help you understand this option and will handle all of the cremation arrangements.

We also offer cremation jewelry, which is a lovely way to keep a loved one close. Delivery of ashes can be made to your home by a member of our staff—it would be our honor—or the U.S. Postal Service.

Planning ahead

At M.J. Edwards, we also recognize that funeral arrangements and associated expenses can be overwhelming. In addition to assisting during a time of immediate need, our funeral directors specialize in working with families to plan ahead. By preparing in advance, you provide a sense of relief, peace of mind and comfort for your loved ones while ensuring your wishes are met and your budget is maintained. A complimentary planning guide is also available with no obligation.

Here for you

SCI employee talks with a client indoors.Our funeral directors and staff are among the most experienced professionals anywhere. There is absolutely no request too small or too large when it comes to providing a family exactly what they want.

You are welcome to call us any time of the day, any day of the week, for assistance. We also invite you to come in to tour the funeral home and meet our associates. We're honored to help your family at a time of loss or to help you pre-plan a funeral in Memphis.

History

M.J. Edwards Funeral Home has served the African American communities in Memphis for decades. M.J. Edwards Sr. opened the first of three Memphis-area locations in March 1980, along with two associates, the Rev. David Craft and his long-time companion, Evelyn Cooper.

Initially, M.J. had one hearse, one limousine and one sedan. In the first month, the funeral home on Airways Boulevard handled 12 services. Back then, the average funeral was $795, but M.J. also offered a special $250 package. He wanted to be sure that everyone could afford a dignified service. Today, M.J. Edwards Funeral Home has more than a dozen hearses, even more limousines and a half-dozen sedans at locations in Orange Mound, Southaven and Raleigh—and still works hard to provide affordable funeral services.

Like father, like son

An adult and child holding hands.M.J. learned the funeral business from his father, who purchased a mortuary he renamed Victory Funeral Home around 1950, after moving from Mississippi to Memphis. M.J. and other family members worked to help make Victory a success by providing personal service and compassionate care.

Monroe J. Edwards Jr., M.J.'s son, describes his father as a persistent businessman who was deeply interested in serving his community. He was known for never turning anyone away.

A legacy that lives on

During his life, M.J. created a foundation and made generous donations to Memphis institutions, including Hanley Elementary School (where the library is named after him), Melrose Alumni Association and Beulah Baptist Church. In Coldwater, Mississippi, the M.J. Edwards (Health) Center is located in the spot where one of his funeral homes once sat.

M.J. Edwards Sr. died in 2019, after more than 70 years of funeral service. His legacy of compassion lives on with his funeral homes, and M.J. Edwards Whitehaven Funeral Chapel, along with M.J. Edwards Funeral Home Stage Road Chapel, is now a member of the Dignity Memorial® network.

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