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Delancey-Murphy Funeral Home’s story began many years ago in Lepanto, Arkansas. J.E. Murphy, Sr., ran ahardware store in Lepanto. During the flu epidemic of 1918, so many lives werelost that he ordered pre-built caskets that were sent by rail. As the caskets came in, people would come to the railway station and sign a tablet indicating how many caskets they received. From this humble beginning, Murphy Funeral Homehas grown from visitation in the hardware store and homes, to a complete full service funeral home in Lepanto, Arkansas. The building, which is still in use today, was completed in 1967.  

In time, Murphy Funeral Home established a second location in Marked Tree, Arkansas, eventually movinginto the Hancock house. In 1976 Murphy Funeral Home's new building wascompleted in Marked Tree. The funeral home is three generations old, and isstill going strong serving the communities and will be for years to come.Murphy Funeral Homes were established to serve to our communities and all of Northeast Arkansas striving to do the very best for all your funeralneeds. 

Kara Delancey Freeman joined Murphy Funeral Home in April 14, 2014 as Office Manager.  December 17, 2015, Greg Delancey took over the day to day operations of the funeral homes. Greg has thirty years of experience in the funeral industry and he believes everyone deserves to have their life honored with a funeral service

On January 9, 2018 Greg Delancey,wife Lesa Delancey, daughter, Kara Delancey Freeman and son, Evan Delancey became owners of Delancey-Murphy Funeral Home in Lepanto and Marked Tree. 

Greg and Lesa have been married for 33 years. Greg graduated from Mid-America College of Mortuary Science in Jeffersonville, Indiana in 1988.  Lesa has taken the position as the Office Manager at the Marked Tree location. She is a 2004 graduate from ANC with her Associates of Arts. Kara is married to Edward (Lulu) Freeman, and their son is Eli. Kara is General Manager of Delancey-Murphy Funeral Home.  She is a licensed Funeral Director and licensed Cosmetologist.  Her husband,Edward, (Lulu) is also employed at the funeral home. Evan is married to LaurenNichols Delancey.  Evan graduated from ASU in 2017 with his Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences.  He now attends NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine.  His wife, Lauren is a NursingStudent at ASU and will graduate in May 2018 with her BSN. 

Delancey-Murphy Funeral Home is still a family owned and operated business and we consider everyone who walks through our doors family.  We are here to help all families.

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