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About Us

Who we are

Celebrating life since 1848

As a proud member of the Louisville community since 1848, we're honored to help families celebrate their loved ones. We pledge to ensure that every funeral and memorial service is deeply personal, fostering healing and remembrance.

What we stand for

Our promise

Today, tomorrow, and forever, our commitment to you stays the same.

Dignity

Every life is unique, and we promise to honor and respect each journey, crafting ceremonies that reflect each individual.

Guidance

Navigating grief can be overwhelming; we stand by you, providing direction and solace every step of the way.

Legacy

Beyond a service, we're committed to helping families create lasting tributes that transcend generations.

Our story

Edward C. Pearson, son of the founder, became a leader in promoting the education and licensing of embalmers, and he himself held the first embalmer's license issued in Kentucky. He also designed the original wood paneled hearse. When motor vehicles came into use, one of these bodies was mounted on a motor-driven chassis and became Louisville's first motor-driven hearse. Within seven years of that innovation, the horse-drawn funeral disappeared, and the stable, which had been a part of every undertaker's equipment, was replaced by the Funeral Auto Company, of which E.C. Pearson was the first President.

Today, Pearson Funeral Home continues to provide the highest quality and personalized service to the families of Louisville. The facility’s visitation rooms and other areas have recently been redecorated, and the front porch is also being renovated. Our facility provides the comfort & pleasant atmosphere your family deserves.

1917

The third generation of Pearson's assumed direction of the business under E. Clarence Pearson, succeeded in '38 by his brother W. Edward Pearson.

1924

one of Louisville's most beautiful private residences, on Third and Ormsby, became the home of the Pearson institution. (Currently, the old Ferguson Mansion houses the Filson Club Historical Society.)

1924 contd.

That same year, Pearson's was invited into membership in the Selected Independent Funeral Homes (formerly National Selected Morticians), the premiere association of funeral homes worldwide. Two of the Pearsons, E.C. Pearson and David F. Pearson have served as directors on the board of NSM, making them two of only five funeral directors in Kentucky to ever hold that position.

1951

Under the leadership of Clyde, E.C. and Robert A. Pearson, an additional funeral home was built at 149 Breckenridge Lane in 1951. Pearson's fifth home has been located in the heart of the City of St. Matthews since nearly the city's beginning, having incorporated in 1950. The St. Matthews home became the main office of Pearson's following the sale of their Third Street Home in 1978.

1986

David F. and Robert S. Pearson succeeded their fathers as the fifth generation of Pearsons, renovating the 50 year-old facility on Breckenridge Lane in 2001, adding a new lounge, visitation room, additional restrooms, and improved parking.

2011

Pearson’s was purchased by its new owners, Larry Robbins, John Keith and Roy Keith, Jr. Larry has been in the funeral industry for almost 40 years. The Keith’s come from their own long-established history in memorial/monument industry where they are known for their quality products and personalization.

Meet the team

Our incredible staff

Helping families create lasting legacies is more than a job — it's our calling. We are here to support you in any way we can and will offer you the full attention, knowledge, and compassion you need.

Larry Robbins

Larry Robbins

Funeral Director

Robert Pearson

Robert Pearson

Funeral Director

David Pearson

David Pearson

In Memory May 22, 2024

Lori Warf, CFSP

Lori Warf, CFSP

Funeral Director

Aaron Loftis

Aaron Loftis

Funeral Director / Embalmer

Kenny Schwalbert, J.D., CFSP

Kenny Schwalbert, J.D., CFSP

Funeral Director/Embalmer

John Keith

John Keith

Funeral Director

Michael Poole

Michael Poole

Funeral Director

Carl Recke

Carl Recke

Associate

Gary Bridgewater

Gary Bridgewater

Funeral Director

Kenny Kruschwitz

Kenny Kruschwitz

Associate

Tim Reece

Tim Reece

Associate

Roy Frye

Roy Frye

In Memory 2023

Jim Oetken

Jim Oetken

Associate

Jason Duncan

Jason Duncan

Funeral Director/Embalmer

We're here for you

A time to honor, comfort and heal

We help create unique and meaningful memorial services to celebrate your loved one and begin the healing process for families and friends left behind.

We’ll take care of every detail

We'll help you with everything you need with a simple step-by-step process for all of your funeral, cremation and advanced planning.

Unique Funerals and Tributes

Every individual is unique. Which is why we offer fully customizable memorial services designed just for your family.

Compassionate customer care

We're here to answer any questions and help in any way we can – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Past memorials

“Have worked with them for over 50 years with family deaths. The professionalism and family care is without compare. They are family to us”

Author: Margaret Hare rated with 5 stars
Plan Ahead

Plan for the future, today

Pre-planning lets your loved ones focus on honoring life instead of hashing out details. Learn the choices you can make now, so a future funeral becomes more of a celebration than a burden.