History

Imes-Miller Funeral Home, at 311 North 4th Street in Murray began on September 7, 1901 in Almo under the ownership and direction of John Milton Imes in the upstairs portion of his general store in Almo. The Kentucky State Board upon its inception in 1912 licensed Mr. Imes.

Milton’s son, L.W. “Whitt” Imes, who was also a licensed undertaker, succeeded Milton Imes in 1933. Whitt Imes owned and operated the funeral business in Almo until 1946 when he sold the business to Max H. Churchill who then moved the business to the corner of 5th and Elm Street in Murray and renamed it ‘Max H. Churchill Funeral Home’. Max Churchill’s father J.H. Churchill had been in the undertaking business in Murray since 1886 having succeeded his father, John Edward Churchill, who began his undertaking business building and selling coffins in 1847 in the Pottertown Community on the east side of Calloway County.

Max H. Churchill moved his funeral home to 311 North 4th Street in Murray in 1950 after having purchased the McElrath home and remodeling it for use as a funeral home. Max Churchill owned and operated the funeral home until his death in 1985 when Johnny Miller of Miller Funeral Home in Hazel purchased the business. Mr. Miller owned and operated the funeral home until its sale in 1993. The funeral home is now locally owned after being reacquired by the family in 1999 when Kenneth Churchill and Mary Beth Imes purchased the business and renamed it Imes-Miller Funeral Home to reflect its rich heritage of dedication and commitment to Murray and Calloway County families. An offsite crematory was added to expand service options in 2001.

In 2004, Kenny and Mary Beth’s son, John Beale Imes, became licensed and joined the funeral home full-time representing the 6th generation of the Churchill family and 4th generation of the Imes family dedicated to serving the families of Murray and Calloway County. The staff of Imes-Miller Funeral Home, Kenny and Mary Beth Imes, John Beale Imes, Richard Matthew Imes, Ricky Garland and David Balentine, is proud of its reputation of offering a finer service, a fairer price and a friendlier staff to the families it serves.

The Imes-Miller Funeral Home and the Heritage Funeral Home are not affiliated with the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home.

Our name and reputation are on the door and are the highest standard of our service. Unlike some others, we stand behind our own name and do not attempt to hide behind the good name and reputation of others.