History

   In the early 1900's, F. P. Ewton built his first casket and took an initial step towards establishing Ewton Funeral Home in Dunlap.  Ewton's friend, J. F. Barker, was dying and asked Ewton, a carpenter and farmer, to build him a casket.  On June 28, 1919, Barker died and was buried in the casket Ewton had constructed for him.

   So many people admired F.P.'s craftsmanship that they began asking him to build their caskets.  With the help of his wife, Nancy Hartman Ewton, their sons Grady, Hascal, Ray and Howard, daughters Verna and Mary, and Ray's wife, Brownie, they made caskets until World War II.  The Ewtons were unable to get the hardware for the caskets during the war so they started buying caskets ready-made.

   Ewton's first hearse was horse-drawn with the drivers seat sitting high on the carriage.  The hearse was uncovered.  This hearse was also the one which carried President William McKinley to the cemetery when he died.  In the winter a large rock was heated in the fireplace and then placed in the floorboard of the carriage to keep the driver's feet warm.

   Ewton established F. P. Ewton & Sons Funeral Home in 1919.  F.P. passed away in 1951.  His sons, Ray and Howard, took over the funeral home business at that time.  Howard Ewton died in 1964 and Ray passed on in 1966.  Howard Ewton's son, Dan, became the owner in 1964 and serves as the present funeral director.  His son, Howard, and grandson Daniel, also serve as funeral directors. Dan's great-grandson, Dane, is also helping and doing his part.


   Ewton Funeral Home has been in four different locations in Dunlap since it was established.  Presently the facility is located at 6936 Highway 28, south of Dunlap.  It is now equipped with a modern chapel, four parlors, a separate annex building, and three large parking areas.  Ewton also has the only Cremation Center serving the Sequatchie Valley and surrounding areas.

   A flag in front of Ewton Funeral Home & Cremation Center is lowered to half mast when one of Sequatchie County's Veterans dies.  The Sequatchie Valley Veteran's Memorial is located across the street directly in front of Ewton Funeral Home & Cremation Center.