Memphis funeral home turns 100, gets marker

Memphis funeral home turns 100, gets marker

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By JODY CALLAHAN
The Commercial Appeal

MEMPHIS (AP) - It's unlikely you'll see a funeral home quite like R.S. Lewis and Sons again.

Founded in 1914, the historic Memphis funeral home celebrated its 100th anniversary last month.

As about 75 people gathered in the small front yard at 374 Vance, Shelby County historian Jimmy Ogle and others unveiled a historical marker to honor Lewis and Sons, believed to be the oldest funeral home operating in Memphis.

Ruth Mason Lewis, 93, was one of those celebrating the anniversary. In 1948, she married R.S. Lewis Jr., the founder's son, and moved into the building not far from downtown.

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