Less than a mile away from the white sandy beaches of Naples, Florida, Hodges Funeral Home at Naples Memorial Gardens and Naples Memorial Gardens evoke the calm and serene atmosphere of a tropical paradise.
The 30-acre memorial garden was established in the 1950s and has towering palm trees, lush landscaping and a wide variety of burial options, including a unique cremation garden designed to look like a Southwest Florida beach.
The funeral home opened on the grounds of Naples Memorial Park in 2004 and provides premier funeral and cremation services. The state-of-the-art facility stands out for its floor-to-ceiling arched windows, spacious event spaces and one-of-a-kind wine room.
Working together, these sister locations allow you to take care of all your funeral and burial arrangements. In addition, the funeral home and cemetery are both non-denominational and welcome families of all cultures, backgrounds and religions.
- Catered Receptions
- Funeral Celebrants
- Event Space
- Crematorium On-Site
- Multicultural Funerals
Spacious and light-filled funeral home
When you walk through the doors of our beautiful funeral home, we want you to feel like you’ve stepped into a fine Florida resort. From our welcoming lobby to our versatile event spaces, each room in the facility is designed to make guests feel comfortable and calm and encourages them to mingle and share stories about the loved one being celebrated.
Our funeral home can accommodate funeral and memorial services for groups of almost any size. Each of our 3 rooms is beautifully decorated and has a unique look and feel. Our largest venue is the Vanderbilt Room. Instead of traditional pews, the room is set up more like a living room, with couches, round tables and comfortable chairs—ideal for Life Well Celebrated® ceremonies. The Founders Room is better suited for more intimate gatherings and has round tables that can be configured in a variety of ways. Finally, the Wine Room is an excellent space for informal gatherings. Modeled to look like a wine cellar or tasting room, this venue would be the envy of any oenophile!
We can coordinate with a professional catering service of your choice for any of our venues.
Let’s celebrate life
We believe that every life is unique and deserves to be celebrated in a special way. Our funeral directors work with you to design a service that reflects your or your loved one's unique personality and passions.
Did grandpa have a green thumb? We can decorate the Vanderbilt Room with his favorite plants and give guests personalized seed packets as mementos. Did mom make incredible pasta dishes? We can arrange to have a spaghetti dinner—with the secret family recipe for her tomato sauce—in our Founders Room. And if you’d prefer a more traditional or religious service, we are happy to do that too.
It all starts with a story. We'll take it from there.
Hodges Funeral Home has a private on-site crematory, which means your loved one never leaves our care.
Cremation is important in certain religions and cultures, and more and more people are choosing cremation over more traditional burial options, but most people aren’t familiar with all of their choices when it comes to cremation. You may choose a direct cremation without a funeral or memorial service of any kind; a funeral with the body present, followed by cremation; or a cremation followed by a cemetery service or a celebration of life.
If you wish, cremated remains can be interred at Naples Memorial Gardens.
Our promise to you
We promise to be there for you in your time of need. Our dedicated associates are committed to providing you with compassionate care and personalized service. As a member of the Dignity Memorial® network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers, Hodges Funeral Home offers premier benefits and amenities.
We are located in the heart of North Naples, just off Tamiami Trail North, at the corner of 111th Avenue and Vanderbilt Drive. Please stop by to meet our wonderful team and tour our gorgeous facility.
Call us for any reason at all. We are here for you day and night.
The story of Hodges Funeral Home at Naples Memorial Gardens starts in 1962, when Earl Hodges and his wife, Thelma, opened the Earl G. Hodges Funeral Chapel on Tamiami Trail in Naples. Business started off slow, but over the years, it grew and thrived, becoming one of the foremost funeral homes in Southwest Florida. In 2004, to better serve the Naples community, a new funeral home was built on the grounds of Naples Memorial Gardens, a cemetery on 111th avenue that was established in the 1950s by a group of Naples businessmen.
A pioneering couple
Earl and Thelma were pioneers in Southwest Florida. They moved to the area in the late 1950s and became pillars of the community. In addition to establishing the funeral home and being active members of numerous community organizations and groups, the couple donated $12 million to International College, which was renamed Hodges University in 2007 in recognition of their generous gift. The philanthropic couple was so well-known and beloved by the Collier County community that for funeral home’s 50th anniversary, the Naples City Council declared August 2012 as “Earl & Thelma Hodges Month.”
Renovations and new developments
In 2013, Hodges Funeral Home completed a renovation and expansion project, adding the Wine Room and other modern spaces for celebrating life.
In the fall of 2014, Naples Memorial Gardens unveiled Sunset Beach cremation garden. This carefully considered space inspires contemplation and personal reflection in a peaceful, uplifting atmosphere. The most recent addition to the spectacular cemetery grounds, the Sunrise Mausoleum and Courtyard, was completed in 2016.
Honoring our legacy
Earl passed away in 2013, but Thelma and the entire team at Hodges Funeral Home carry on his legacy of compassionate care. We are committed to serving every family with respect, honor and dignity and strive to be as pioneering as our extraordinary founders.
Naples Memorial Gardens cemetery
Situated on 30 lush acres of land in the heart of North Naples, Naples Memorial Gardens is one of the more beautiful cemeteries in Southwest Florida. With pristine manicured gardens, elegant statues, a unique beach-themed cremation garden and a stunning mausoleum and courtyard, Naples Memorial Gardens is a spectacular, one-of-a-kind final resting place for yourself or a loved one.
Your burial choices
Selecting a final resting place to honor your own or a loved one’s legacy is an important and emotional decision. At Naples Memorial Gardens, we are here to help you choose the cemetery property that’s best for you and your family.
We offer a wide variety of burial, entombment and cremation memorialization options, including traditional ground burial with an upright monument or flat memorial, above-ground entombment in a crypt or niche in our new mausoleum and cremation memorialization in a columbarium or memorial bench in our lovely cremation garden. And if you prefer something more exclusive for your family, we offer private estates or we can build a private mausoleum to your specifications.
Sunset Beach cremation garden
We are best known for Sunset Beach, a Naples-themed garden within the cemetery. Beautifully landscaped with flowers, shrubs and trees, this area also has representations of the iconic elements of life in Southwest Florida—the Naples Pier, a sandy beach, starfish and dolphins. This unique garden was specially designed for those who choose cremation, with every element an option for memorialization, from the chairs to the trellis and even the sand dollars. Additionally, Hodges Funeral Home at Naples Memorial Gardens often performs outdoor memorial services on the pier.
Our newest development is Sunrise Mausoleum, a stunning open-air mausoleum for families who choose above-ground entombment or inurnment. The arched walkways and red-tiled roof echo the architecture of Hodges Funeral Home, creating a sense of harmony and symmetry. The mausoleum backs into Sunrise Courtyard, which has a lovely fountain as its focal point as is surrounded by beautiful hedge estates and custom memorials.
We invite you to explore the options for a truly memorable tribute by coming to see our beautiful cemetery for yourself. You are welcome to visit anytime. Call us to schedule a guided tour.
Military funeral and burial providers
It is an honor to serve veterans and military families. At Hodges Funeral Home, our team is well-versed in providing military funeral honors. We work with all branches of the U.S. armed services to ensure every veteran's funeral services properly honor his or her legacy of service and commitment. We can also coordinate with the cemetery team for burial arrangements. Naples Memorial Park has a lovely veterans garden on the grounds.
Each year, we host a Memorial Day celebration in May to honor the brave men and women who have fought for our nation. All are invited to attend the event.