" ... There is a touch, a feeling, a delicate service that is not always in evidence in professional duties, but is not lacking at Stephenson Funeral Home. Here the dead are treated with a reverence, respect and consideration that could not be exceeded in the private home and which is a source of endless comfort and satisfaction to friends and loved ones of the departed."
-Advance Monticellonian, July 4, 1932
For over 90 years, Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home has been a recognized business establishment, as well as a family tradition in Monticello, Drew County and Southeast Arkansas. Established in 1928 out of a furniture store on the square in downtown Monticello by 42 year old Edward Lee Stephenson, the funeral home has progressed from the original facility into a very sophisticated, professional, and advanced institution. A native of Columbia County, Edward Lee Stephenson moved to Drew County at the age of eleven with his parents, the late Rev. J.M. Stephenson and Laura Baucum Stephenson and was reared in the Green Hill community.
After the death of Edward Lee Stephenson, the institution was under the ownership of Stephenson's son, Raymond and his wife Frances Raoul Stephenson. Following their death, Charles “Charlie Fred” Dearman owned and ran the funeral home for some 50 years. Since Charlie Fred’s death in 2017, Chuck Dearman became the fourth-generation, sole owner of the funeral home and proudly carries on the family tradition in the same reverent and caring manner begun by the Stephenson family and his father.
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What Our Families Say About Us
On behalf of the Owen family, we wish to offer a sincere thank you to you and your associates. Your experience and guidance enabled us to honor Bill in a very fitting farewell.
The Bill Owen Family
Very good at everything they did. I would refer you to others because you said and did everything with true honesty and trust. Was very well done. Thank you.
Alice Mills - Wife of John Mills
The service was done very nicely, the video was great, had a lot of nice things said to me how nice everything was and done. Thanks to all the staff. Everything was great and went fine. Thanks again.
Brenda Gordon - Daughter of Janet Jordan