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James B. Earthman Sr. began his funeral firm in 1889 with a commitment to a high standard of service. Throughout our 125-plus-year history, we’ve continued to lead and innovate while maintaining that standard. Earthman Southwest Funeral Home upholds our founder's heritage and commitment to providing Sugar Land, Missouri City and surrounding areas with the finest funeral and cremation services.

A modern funeral home

Lobby at Earthman Southwest Funeral HomeOur contemporary funeral home has a large chapel and plenty of room for gathering with friends and family. Should you wish to host coffee and tea, wine and cheese or even lunch or dinner, we can handle food and beverage catering. Because we know that each life is different and every family is unique, our funeral home team is trained to listen carefully and help you design a one-of-a-kind funeral or memorial service.

Personalized funerals

At Earthman Southwest Funeral Home, we pride ourselves on creating events that truly celebrate you or your loved one. Whether you are seeking a simple cremation service with close family and friends, a traditional funeral service with a catered reception or an imaginative Life Well Celebrated ® event complete with a live band, favorite foods, and funeral favors, we take care of every detail. We are here to help you and your family celebrate a life like no other.

From scrapbooking to sailboats, guitars to games, Texas baseball to Texas bluebonnets, we take the things that mattered to someone and string them together to create a singular, heartfelt memorial.

Comfort and value

Sitting area at Earthman Southwest Funeral HomeAs a member of the Dignity Memorial® network, Earthman Southwest Funeral Home gives you not only the warm, familiar attention you expect from a locally operated business but also the value you deserve by way of the largest network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers in North America.

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James Bradshaw Earthman Sr. was a blacksmith and livery service provider in Taylor, Texas. The town of Taylor purchased a horse-drawn hearse, and as proprietor of the livery stable, James was frequently asked by the townspeople to assist with their funeral needs. Beginning in 1889, providing funeral services became James's full-time profession.

In 1904, James and his friend, railroad surveyor J.C. McCarty, moved to Houston and established the Earthman and McCarty Undertaking Company at 715 Main Street. The company prospered and, in 1924, moved to 2420 Fannin Street. After Mr. McCarty’s death, the company became J.B. Earthman Company.

A pioneering family

After James' death in 1931, his son, James B. "J.B." Earthman Jr., a graduate of St. Thomas High School and Rice University, left his successful architectural career to manage the company. His wife, Blanche Bastien Earthman, assisted with the daily operation of the business and was one of the first women in Texas to become a licensed funeral director.

J.B. was a pioneer in funeral planning, founding a burial insurance company in the 1930s. Together, J.B. and Blanche built Earthman Funeral Directors & Cemeteries into one of the largest family-owned and operated funeral companies in the United States. Their children and grandchildren continued to manage and expand the business, adding new locations throughout the community.

A lasting legacy

James B. Earthman Sr. began with a commitment to a high standard of service, and throughout our history, we’ve continued to lead and innovate while maintaining that standard. Everyone at Earthman Southwest Funeral Home is proud to uphold his heritage and commitment to our community.

Today, we are a member of the Dignity Memorial® network, the largest group of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers in North America.

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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.

"Kenny was tremendously helpful during our days of grief. He was professional and went way beyond our expectations in helping us through this difficult process. We were never pressured into anything we did not need and he eased a lot of our anxiety. He went beyond the call of the duty to not only help us now but with our future needs. We are very grateful and blessed to have chosen Earthman Southwest."

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November 2020

"Chad was outstanding from beginning to end. He was kind, compassionate, patient and thorough during a very difficult time. No two ways about it, he was better than outstanding, he was perfect at making sure our every need was met. I can't say enough about the job he did. Kevin Eschenfelder"

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September 2020

"I feel that Earthmans is one of the best you can work with. Earthmans has taken care of my sister, my father, and now my mother and they have always done an outstanding job. Thank you so much."

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August 2020

"During this very emotional time we needed all the extras."

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July 2020

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