Local Funeral Home Celebrates Expansion

Planning a funeral is never easy on the family, but Watson-Thomas Funeral Home is hoping to make that process a little easier.

Sunday, the funeral celebrated its grand opening of their new expansion, the Thomas Legacy Center and Crematory, inviting residents to tour the facility.

Owner Mark Thomas tells WGIL funeral services are changing and Watson-Thomas wanted to make sure they can best serve their clients at any time.

“Things like cremation, and celebrations of life afterwards — whether they want to come back and have a party, if you will, or somewhere to have food and drink — we wanted to build this facility, so they had a nice place to do that,” Thomas said.  “One of the things that Galesburg is kind of limited on is a hall that would give them somewhere to go.”

Thomas says having a crematory on site means they can truly tell families their staff knows where their loved one is and what’s happening from start to finish.

He says if families decided to use their community room they can either bring in their own food, or Watson-Thomas can help them cater their reception.

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