FEBRUARY 6, 2006 - Posted at 7:55 a.m. CST
PARAGOULD, AR - A new funeral home in northeast Arkansas owes its establishment to a church's need for larger quarters. Mellisa Phillips says opening a funeral home was her longtime dream, and that became possible when Center Hill Church of Christ in Paragould moved to a new building.
She and her husband Kale Phillips opened the new business after much coaxing on Melissa's part. The two also own Phillips Cleaning Service and Bren's Flowers, a florist shop that does a lot of sympathy work. Melissa Phillips says that's her favorite part of the business, and that helped her realize that she was called to open a funeral home.
The new establishment in the old church building has a stateroom or parlor, a chapel with capacity for about 190 people, and a conference room.