1955 Searcy High School yearbook picture. James Funeral Home. Arkansas

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James Funeral Home Searcy AR historic picture 1955

BOYS!  Loitering around a funeral home!

Really....this is from a 1955 Searcy AR high school yearbook and it does look as if these guys are "hanging out" right there at what the sign says is James Funeral Home, phone 180, and owned by Robert "Bob" James.  Even a close-up does not let me identify these guys but perhaps some of our Searcy Sleuths will know who they were.  

Searcy Sleuths can also help with the history of this building.  I think it is located at the corner of Market and Main, now an eye clinic, but it has probably had lots of different businesses there.  Was it once a night club?  And what was the tall building in the background?

We might even get some information regarding the popularity of corner doors as entrances to buildings.  There are lots of them.  (Note Quattlebaum Music still uses a corner door.)

 

 

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Harold Gene Sullivan

This was Chandler Funeral home at the corner of Main and Center. Jimmy Chandler was in my class and his dad owned the funeral home until he died.

Aug 23, 2017 01:36 PM #1
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My guess is they're just waiting on a ride or something and just happened to prop themselves up beside the funeral home.  

Aug 23, 2017 02:04 PM #2
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Marian Daniel Owens-Ingram

My dad, Elvis Daniel bought Chandler Funeral Home located on Market Street in 1942, where I lived most of my young life. (Rudolph Chandler had passed away shortly before we moved there from Cabot.). There was another funeral home in town also. We lived upstairs over the funeral home and there were evidences that Jimmy Chandler had lived there. (Sketches and his name on the bedroom walls).

Aug 23, 2017 02:20 PM #3
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Don Thompson
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Come on folks! This is the way the Lion Yearbook advertisement comittee sold ads for the yearbook.  Students would pose at businesses to connect the high school's support for the businesses. Been done for years. The students were likely members of the Lion Yearbook staff.  I learned all this from my beloved wife, Paula Windsor Peacock Thompson, who was co-editor of the 1953 Lion.

As to the building. I propose that it's the First Medothist Church Annex building.

Here's what the view would be today looking up Main from Center.

Aug 23, 2017 02:26 PM #4
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Debbie likert

It looks like the building at the corner of Center and Main where McMinn's eye clinic is now. I was always told it had been a funeral home in early years.

Aug 23, 2017 02:33 PM #5
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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I'm totally mesmerized by the phone number "180."  Even in my youth we didn't have phone numbers that small in Sacramento.

Aug 23, 2017 07:59 PM #6
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Lee Biggs

I remember James Funeral Home at Northwest corner of Main & Center Streets but don't remember a Chandler Funeral Home being there -- guess that was before my time. There was a vehicle entrance/exit on the Center Street side as well as on Main Street side for the hearses to use to take the dearly departed inside the funeral home for loading & unloading out of public view. Just to the right of the corner door you can see the Main Street vehicle entrance/exit. Later, after the funeral home closed, this building was used as Clay Candy Company & the route salesmen would drive inside the building to load & unload their trucks. There have been other businesses there, including law offices & the present optometrist office. Probably some other businesses that escape me. Just to the North on West side of Main Street was Williams Plumbing, Heating & Electric Contractors & next to it was the Robbins-Sanford lumber yard behind the hardware store. Across the street on Northwest corner of Main & Market was Puny Lightle's filling station.

Aug 23, 2017 11:25 PM #7
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Don Thompson
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You're probably right, Barbara.

The entrance sure looks like a club entrance.

Aug 24, 2017 06:28 AM #8
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Max Hughes

Clay Candy Company was there for years and just before the eye clinic.

Jan 23, 2018 07:21 PM #9
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Thanks, Max!  

Jan 24, 2018 04:49 AM #10
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