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Covid 19 Policy & Guidelines

Effective Date: May 18, 2020

Directive Regarding Large Indoor Venues

The Secretary of Health, in consultation with the Governor, has sole authority over all instances of quarantine, isolation, and restrictions on commerce and travel throughout Arkansas, as necessary and appropriate to control disease in the state of Arkansas as authorized by Ark. Code Ann. §20-7-109--110. Based on available scientific evidence, it is necessary and appropriate to take further action to ensure that COVID-19 remains controlled and that residents and visitors in Arkansas remain safe.

This directive covers indoor venues for commercial, community, or civic events and activities where an audience, spectators, or a gathering of people are present, such as at concerts, plays, movies, lectures, presentations, conferences, conventions, sporting events, races, fundraisers, trade shows, and festivals.

Examples of such venues include auditoriums, lecture halls, movie theatres, other theatres, museums, arenas, sports venues, race tracks, stadiums, gymnasiums, auction houses, amusement centers, barns, exhibit halls, conventions centers, and funeral homes. Examples also include recreational facilities, such as bowling alleys and trampoline parks.

Gatherings subject to this directive also include, without limitation, community, civic, public, leisure, commercial, or sporting events.

This directive is not intended for places of worship. 


The minister/singers and funeral home staff must be separated from the audience by at least 12 feet.

An audience of fifty (50) people or fewer is allowed. 

Lines for entrance, exit, making purchases, or for other reasons must be marked or monitored for maintaining a distance of 6 feet between people.  

Seating must be arranged to maintain a 6-foot distance between members of the audience. 

Family groups may sit together but 6 feet should be maintained between groups. 

Every other row seating should be unoccupied to provide for 6 feet of physical distancing.  

 Face coverings are required for all persons present, except for children under 10 years of age, who are exempt. 

Minister/singers and funeral home staff may be without a face covering if they are 12 feet from other persons. 

Signs must be posted at all entrances advising the public not to enter if: 

They have fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell. 

They have had known exposure to someone with Covid-19 in the past 14 days. 

Signs must be posted at all entrances advising the public that they may wish to refrain from entering if: 

They are 65 years of age or older. 

They have underlying health conditions including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, severe obesity, asthma or weakened immunity.  

Hand sanitizer stations must be available at all entrances and exits.  

The facility, including seating, shall be cleaned and disinfected before and after each use. Frequently touched surfaces shall be cleaned periodically during the course of the event. 

Products with an EPA-approved emerging viral pathogen claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for these products. 

For a list of EPA-approved emerging pathogen sanitizers: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/listn-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2.

 Delancey-Murphy Funeral Home

About Us


Our Story

Delancey-Murphy Funeral Home’s story began many years ago in Lepanto, Arkansas. J.E. Murphy, Sr., ran a hardware store in Lepanto. During the flu epidemic of 1918, so many lives were lost 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 Home has 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 moving into the Hancock house. In 1976 Murphy Funeral Home's new building was completed in Marked Tree. The funeral home is three generations old, and is still 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 funeral needs. 

Jack Foote  dedicated 72 years working for Murphy Funeral Home.  He then continued working for Delancey-Murphy Funeral Home in 2018.  Jack went to be with the Lord on July 4, 2018.  He was our go to guy and our rock.  He knew everything about everybody from where they were buried to dates of their funerals.  There's not to much Mr. Jack Foote didn't know.  He was a great asset to our business and community.  He will never be forgotten and he is truly missed.  His wife, Sadie and their two daughters hold a very dear place in our hearts.  

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 35 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 they have 1 son,  Eli.  Kara is General Manager of Delancey-Murphy Funeral Home.  She is a licensed Funeral Director and licensed Cosmetologist.  Evan is married to Lauren Nichols Delancey.  Evan graduated from ASU in 2017 with his Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences.  He now attends NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

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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