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Fred Lynch

Brinkopf-Howell Funeral Home

Posted Monday, May 5, 2014, at 12:00 AM

Brinkopf-Howell Funeral Home was founded in 1906 as Brinkopf Furniture and Undertaking Co. In 1924 Mr. Brinkopf purchased the Phillipson residence at 536 Broadway and renovated it to become Brinkopf Funeral Home. This was the first funeral home building to be used between St. Louis, Mo. and Memphis, Tenn.

In 1930, daughter Erna married Mr. Joe G. Howell, and shortly thereafter assumed ownership of the funeral home and the name became Brinkopf-Howell Funeral Home.

When Mr. and Mrs. Henry W. Grossheider and their son Neal H. Grossheider, president, purchased the funeral home the name then became Brinkopf-Howell Funeral Home, Inc.

In 1975, Lester R. Burchyett, Sr., vice president, and Joe L. Lowes, vice president, became stockholders of the corporation.

--from Area Business and History, June 21, 1984 Southeast Missourian

The site is now Annie Laurie's Antiques.


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  • I've been in Annie Laurie's more times than I was in Brinkopf-Howell Funeral Home.


    The first time I went into the antique store I have to admit that it felt a bit strange to realize that I was standing where my father's funeral was held. I could still make out some of the fixtures and features of the room.

    -- Posted by ksteinhoff on Mon, May 5, 2014, at 12:23 AM
  • I don't believe or "buy" the assertion that this was the "first" between Memphis and St. Louis. That is almost impossible to prove--many small towns in southeast Missouri had funeral homes in residences (lower floor the funeral parlors-upstairs, the living quarters). The advertising tagline "the finest, largest, biggest, only yadaya, between Memphis & St. Louis..." is common in the ads of the Missourian....

    -- Posted by skidsteer on Tue, May 6, 2014, at 7:29 AM
  • I just purchased a wonderful antique piece today at an estate sale with the original tag on it with the name of the manufacturer of “Al Brinkhopf”. I am thrilled to read some of the history behind this piece. I am happy to know where it’s from. I am in North Idaho.

    -- Posted by Michelle Collins on Fri, Jul 27, 2018, at 8:02 PM