James F. Webb Funeral Home is the city's longest established funeral service, having purchased the Wagner Undertaking Company which was established in 1869. Wagner was a manufacturer and dealer of furniture. In 1869, he added his line of funeral supplies.
After Mr. Webb purchased the Wagner Undertaking Company in 1912, the business was moved to the old Hooper Building at the corner of 7th Street and 24th Avenue.
In 1920, a devastating tornado hit Meridian, killing fifteen people and injuring eighty-one. Mr. Webb was operating the local ambulance service, in addition to the funeral business. It was said that James Webb gave order to employ "first" all of the firm's resources to care for the injured in spite of the possibility that the competing funeral homes might have the chance to conduct the funerals for the deceased. This was a thoughtful and courageous act that the community appreciated as, one, of the many contributions James F. Webb made to the good people of Meridian.
In 1924, Mr. Webb, purchased the old Sturgis Home on the corner of 7th Street and 26th Avenue where the business is currently located today. It was a sad day in August of 1933 when Mr. Webb passed away.
Management was later assumed by J. Cliff Watts, the stepson of James F. Webb. One of the unique characteristics of the Webb Funeral Home is its mineral well, located on the property from which many Meridianites often filled their jugs. It still remains functional today.
Over the weekend of November 9, 1940, Webb Funeral Home completed a total remodeling of the Meridian funeral home which was, and still, is reputed to be one of the finest in the South.
The staff and management of Webb Funeral Home is proud to be of service to the families within the Lauderdale and surrounding counties.