The Stith Difference

Stith Funeral Home is a Selected Independent Funeral Home

What this means to you.

Independent funeral homes that are members of this trade association are here to help you before, during and after your time of need.

  • They are invited into membership only after meeting rigorous selection criteria.
  • They are carefully screened for their commitment to quality, range of consumer choices, affordability and high standards.
  • They are privately owned, meaning that your needs come first.
  • They view their reputation as their most valuable asset.
  • They must demonstrate ongoing high standards based on feedback from the families and individuals
    they serve.


Jack A. Stith founded Stith Funeral Home in Danville, Kentucky in 1926. Prior to that he was a partner in another funeral home, also located in Danville. He was married to Stella Brown Stith and had three children – Frances, Jack, and Mary Brown Stith. Known as J.A. – he ran the funeral home until he became ill in 1950. His son Jack B. Stith had returned from WWII, graduated from McAllister Institute of Mortuary Science, and made his home in Danville. Jack was married to Betty and they had five children – Elizabeth, Mary, John, Ann and their first child died just after birth.

Jack B. took over the funeral home in 1951, the same year his daughter Mary was born. Jack ran the funeral home until his sudden death in 1981. His wife Betty assumed the funeral home, and their daughter Mary bought the business from her mother and later bought the property.

Mary changed the funeral service by listening to families and attending to their needs. Her husband Robert joined the firm in the late 80’s. They have three daughters AnnYager, Sarah, and Emily, who they raised in the family business. Ann Yager graduated from John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science in 2001 and joined the funeral home in 2002. Sarah having worked in the funeral home off and on as needed, joined the funeral home full-time, and is now also enrolled in Mortuary school. AnnYager has the same passion as her mother for being a funeral director and working with families and hopes to teach others who love caring for people, how to do this important work.