History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Our funeral home story began many years ago in Lepanto, Arkansas. J.E. Murphy, Sr., ran a hardware store in Lepanto. During the flu epidimic 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 begining, 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 we are still going strong. We are here for our communities and will be for years to come. Murphy Funeral Homes were established to serve to our communities and all of Northeast Arkansas.  We strive to do our very best for all your funeral needs. December 17, 2015, Greg Delancey took over the day to day operations of our funeral homes. Greg has thirty years experience in the funeral industry and he believes everyone deserves to have their life honored with a funeral service.  We are here to help all families. Murphy Funeral Home is still a family owned and operated business and we consider everyone who walks through our doors family. 


Our Valued Staff

Greg  Delancey

Greg Delancey, Manager / Embalmer / Funeral Director


Kara Delancey Freeman

Kara Delancey Freeman, Funeral Director / Office Manager


Edward  Freeman

Edward Freeman, Funeral Director Apprentice


Ben  Williams

Ben Williams, Retired Third Generation Funeral Director


Jack  Foote

Jack Foote, Funeral Director and Monument Sales Representative