In 1911, R.K. Crane started his career in funeral service and was the founder of this funeral home. In 1932, he purchased this stately home from the Penn family which was built in 1876, and moved his funeral business to this location. The family tradition continued thru the years as the Crane-Ewart-Young Funeral Home, until 1976, when it was purchased by Bob Beatty. The Beatty\\\'s also owned the Waterman Funeral Home in Salem: and operated the ambulance service and furniture store, these were closed with the move to the current location in Mt. Pleasant. In July of 2005, the funeral home was sold to Jeff Murphy, a native of the Lockridge and Mt. Pleasant communities, and continues to be owned and operated as a family owned business. The name has changed to the Murphy Funeral Home.

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