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Smith Family Funeral Homes, founded in North Little Rock in 1955, announced on Tuesday its acquisition of Little Rock Funeral Home from owner Brad Leggett, a fourth-generation funeral director.
No financial terms of the deal were disclosed. Arkansas Business reported early word of the deal in its Monday Whispers column.
Company President Jeff Smith — himself a third-generation funeral director — called the purchase a “merging” of “two family legacies that have a rich history of serving Arkansans in their greatest time of need.”
Smith, who offered his thoughts in a news release, said he respected Leggett and Little Rock Funeral Home “more than any other funeral home in Arkansas.” He said the Smith family was “honored to carry their legacy forward.”
“It’s humbling to think about how my grandfather sold everything he had to open my family’s first funeral home 65 years ago.”
Leggett’s family owned Griffin-Leggett Funeral home for decades before selling upon the retirement of Brad Leggett’s father in 1995. Though Leggett remained with the sold company for a while, he soon looked to open a new family business.
“The out-of-state owners didn’t have the same understanding of Arkansans, and I felt called to open a family-owned funeral home once again. I wanted my friends in Little Rock to receive the gold standard of treatment that had become a hallmark of the Leggett family,” Leggett said in a statement. So in 2005, he opened Little Rock Funeral Home, building it into the largest funeral home in the city.
With the acquisition, Smith now has six funeral home locations in central Arkansas and will possess the only on-site crematories in Little Rock and North Little Rock, the release said. Smith’s locations include Little Rock, North Little Rock, Sherwood, Benton, Beebe and Arkadelphia.