Around Northern Kentucky, many families can trace their roots back over a century….or more. Well, that’s how long we’ve been serving the community with caring service….personal attention….and a heritage that’s continued for four generations.
Chambers & Grubbs Funeral Homes have been serving Northern Kentuckians since1906 when Scott Chambers started a funeral service company, and by 1937 he had the first funeral home in Boone County. Mr. Chambers had two daughters, Mary & Aleen. Mary decided at a young age to follow in her father's footsteps as a funeral director.
Mary would assist her father by horse and buggy in going to a decedent's home at a time of death. By age sixteen, she graduated from Walton Verona High School and attended mortuary school at Cincinnati College of Mortuary. At the age of eighteen, she graduated, but she could not receive her license because she was a woman. When she was twenty-one, the state acknowledged her degree and she became the first, licensed, female embalmer in the state of Kentucky.
Eventually Mary met and married Wallace Grubbs, and he also became a licensed funeral director and embalmer in 1928, and the name of the funeral home was changed to Chambers & Grubbs. Mary and Wallace went on to have five children; Jeanette Grubbs Clore, Wallace "Buddy" Grubbs, John Grubbs, Jim Grubbs, and Elizabeth Grubbs Poore. While four of the children were part of the business at one time, Jim Grubbs is the last of the third generation active in the business, as Owner/President. He received his funeral director and embalmers' licenses in 1961. In 1959, Jim married his high school sweetheart, Janice Osborne Grubbs. Janice received her funeral directors license in 1979, and she serves as Owner/Vice President today.
Jim and Janice have two sons, Chris Grubbs, President and Steve Grubbs, Vice President, who actively serve the business and represent the fourth generation of funeral practictioners.
There have been businesses at seven different locations in Boone and Kenton Counties through the years, but three are currently in operation. The original, full-service location is located in Walton at 45 North Main Street. In 1963, Jim and Janice opened the current location in Independence at 11382 Madison Pike. In 1995 the location at 8461 Dixie Highway in Florence was opened providing a third convenient site to better serve the growing population in southern Boone & Kenton counties.
But aside from the importance of being family owned, what sets us apart? Why should you call us to help you in your most most difficult times?
The reason-and the difference- is our people. Our people really take the time to listen. To help. To comfort. We’re family folks, involved in the community. We’ve all experienced losses, and our dedication to our profession helps us understand how hard it can be to deal with the death of a loved one. Each one of us strive to go the extra mile for you. We believe what we do is not just a job, but a calling, and we give everything we have to provide the type of caring, quality service people have come to expect from us over four generations of serving Northern Kentucky. And that’s the most important reason of all.