D urant Daily Democrat-December 9, 1998.
Dalton-Holmes Funeral Home recently celebrated their hundredth anniversary. The funeral home was originally known as Holmes Furniture, Hardware and Undertaking. It was founded in 1898 by George Washington Holmes. The original location was at Third and Main. The new funeral home was built on the corner of Third and Beach in 1923 by George Holmes' sons, Jack Holmes Sr., and Howard Holmes Sr., upon the transfer of
ownership of the funeral home.
In 1953, Jack Holmes Jr. took over the operation of the funeral home.
He ran the funeral home with his son, John Holmes, until the 1970's.
John Holmes died in 1977, and Jack Jr., who was in his 60s and had no
other family members interested in the business, sold the business to
James Dalton in 1979. Thus, bringing about a name change to
Dalton-Holmes Funeral Home.
James Dalton was a 25-year-old licensed funeral director, native to Bryan county. Mr. Dalton continued to operate the business until he sold to Brent Gordon in 1999. Jack Holmes Jr., passed away in 1986.
In 2010, Brent Gordon joined the Shain Family to create the firm as it is today. Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home continues the tradition of family ownership since 1898.
Murray Funeral Home was established in 1921 as the Mhoon Funeral Home. Owned by M.C. Mhoon, it was located at the corner of Sixth and Main in Durant, OK. Ben and Marie Murray became the owners in 1948, and the business moved to 801 W. Main, into a building that had been the home of Oklahoma State Architect, Jewell Hicks.
Coffey Funeral Home was established in the summer of 1960 by L. P. Coffey, who converted a private home of the Sinclair Family at 121 N. Fifth into the facilities. In 2002, the two funeral homes merged, thus forming Coffey-Murray Funeral Home.
At Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home, we continuously work in the effort to bring the communities of Durant and Bryan County the best possible service that we can offer at the most reasonable price. We can answer any questions that you may have in your time of need and complete any task, no matter the size, in our effort to better serve your needs. Each service that we perform for each family is personalized for each their needs. Each year brings new technologies and demands, and we can take pride in staying current, offering new ways to celebrate life. We regard each individual we serve as we would our own family, treating them as we would treat our own. Members of various faiths and ethnicities have placed their trust in our care, and we have served each to the best of our abilities. As we have served all in the past with respect, dignity, and honor, our promise is that we will strive to continue this tradition, and we would sincerely appreciate the opportunity to continue this with you.