112 South 21st Street Middlesboro, KY 40965
The caring and experienced professionals at Cawood Funeral Home are here to support you through this difficult time. We offer a range of personalized services to suit your family’s wishes and requirements. You can count on us to help you plan a personal, lasting tribute to your loved one. And we’ll carefully guide you through the many decisions that must be made during this challenging time.
Hobart Cawood graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1928. He soon began working for Newman Funeral Home in Middlesboro, Kentucky. In 1932 he purchased the former residence of J.L Manring, a prominent Middlesboro business man, at 112 South 21st Street. After the purchase of the J.L. Manring home, Mr. Cawood started Cawood's Tri-State Funeral Home. The funeral home grew rapidly the first two years and Mr. Cawood soon found himself in need of assistance. He turned to his father, J. Frank “Pappy” Cawood, who soon joined the funeral home in the capacity of business manager. At this time the name of the funeral home was changed to Cawood Funeral Home. As the funeral home continued to grow Mr. Cawood was joined by his brother Pope Cawood who was a graduate of Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service. Pope was called away from the funeral home during WWII to serve his country in the Navy. Upon his discharge from the Navy he returned to the funeral home.
Hobart continued to operate the funeral home along with his wife, Elnora, until their son Paul Connor Cawood, Sr., better known as Connor, joined the firm in the early 1960's. In 1965, under the direction of Connor Cawood , the funeral home was completely renovated and remodeled, drastically changing the original structure, to accommodate the changing needs of the families being served. In 1964 Hobart went into semi-retirement turning day to day operations of the funeral home over to Connor and his wife Joan Asher Cawood.
Today Cawood Funeral Home remains under the ownership and operation of the Cawood Family. The Cawood Family understands the importance of a quality staff to better handle the needs and requests of the families we serve. We are very proud of the kind, courtious and professional staff we have. Putting families first is our number one concern. We are very grateful to every family that has placed us in their trust at their time of need.
Hobart Cawood worked at and managed Newman Funeral Home prior to opening Cawood’s Tri-State Funeral Home in 1932. He changed the name to Cawood Funeral Home in 1934.
Cawood Funeral Home offered all types of funeral services along with the operation of an ambulance service. The Cawood Funeral Home Ambulance Service performed over 3600 ambulance calls a year. Providing the Tri-State Area with a much needed service. Cawood Funeral Home offered the Cawood Funeral Home Burial Fund for Coal Miners. The coal mining industry being one of the most dangerous in the nation. The Cawood Funeral Home Burial Fund allowed Coal Miners an inexpensive way to protect their families from the burden of unexpected costs of their final needs. This fund has still been in use in recent years.
Hobart operated Cawood Funeral Home for a number of years being assisted along the way by his wife, Elnora “Ella”, his brother, Pope Cawood and his son, Connor Cawood. The Cawood Funeral Home employed a great number of people over the years, some of whom have moved to other places, but still stop by once in a while to share stories of the time they spent there.
As families started moving a loved ones services from their home and using the funeral home facilities more, a complete remodel of the funeral home was started in 1965. Jim Adams, a local architect designed the new facility and many local carpenters, electricians, plumbers and masons were used over a five year period to complete the project. The picture to the right shows the exterior of the facility not long after it's completion.
The Cawood family and staff are continually striving to improve the level of services we offer to those we serve. We are a full service funeral facility, offering traditional funeral services, cremations with or without memorial services or however our families choose to personalize their loved ones final tribute. We also offer advanced funeral planning which may either be pre-paid or simply pre-planned to allow those left behind to know your final wishes.