In 1949, Floyd and Earcel Green opened their funeral home and furniture business in
Centerville. Floyd had been the manager for Burleson Funeral Home in Centerville. They purchased the Wilma McEachern home on south Highway 75 and remodeled it as a funeral home and a place for them to live. In the late 1950’s, the Greens added a chapel to the building . Up until that time, funerals were held in local churches because of a lack of space at the funeral home. In March 1978, the Greens sold their funeral business to Billy and Carol Walters.
The Walters grew from a couple to a family with three children. Aryn, Allyn and John Lee Walters were all born in Madisonville and raised in Centerville. Aryn and her husband, Jimmy Gifford and two sons, Riley and Breck Gifford and John Lee Walters and his wife, Brandy and son, Rush Walters all live in Centerville.
The Walters Funeral Homes have grown in number, also. In addition to Walters Funeral Home (once called Green Funeral Home) Billy and Carol own and operate Madisonville Funeral Home in Madisonville and Buffalo Funeral Home in Buffalo. Together, the facilities are the “Walters Family Funeral Homes”.
The Walters Funeral Homes staff (full time and part time) includes David and Nancy Haas of Madisonville; Aryn Gifford (funeral director/embalmer) of Centerville; Billy and Carol Walters (funeral director/embalmer) of Centerville; Sandy Cole of North Zulch; Margie Robinson of Madisonville; Sherry Pate and Judy Hester, both of Buffalo; Kim Cummings, Lawrence Johnson, Essie Mae Johnson, Larry Wayne Bell, Dewayne Bell and Anthony Sterns, all of Centerville.
Billy and Carol Walters have remodeled the original house and chapel through the years. The facility is very nice for the size of town it is in. For the Walters, it has been both livelihood and a labor of love for the past almost 37 years.