Leon A. Wasson and wife Margaret Carl Wasson were both born in Gentry, Arkansas, the children of pioneer families and merchants. They moved to Siloam Springs and purchased the mortuary operated by the T. C. and Stewart McArthur, father and son, operated as the T. C. McArthur Furniture, Produce, and Undertaking Co. This was the oldest and only Undertaking Business listed in the 1903 Business Atlas published by the Herald and Democrat.
The business was located on the corner of Mt. Olive and University Streets and the building now used to house a physicians practice. The purchase took place in late fall of 1927. The firm was closed for extensive remodeling and was reopened in January 1928 as the Wasson Funeral Home.
In 1931 Mr. and Mrs. Wasson purchased a large frame two-story residence owned by Mr. Com D. Chandler located at 514 S. Mt. Olive. This has recently been used as a flower shop. The Business was moved to this new location where it remained until the completion of the present facilities in 1971.
The Wasson family was one of the pioneers in the formation of Burial Associations during the great depression, Funeral Insurance Programs since the early 1950’s and Prepaid Funeral Programs since the early 1980’s. These programs, over the years, and, at present, have rendered a tremendous help to our clientele in planning to defer the burden of funeral expenses.
The present management consists of Bob Wasson, President and senior member of the firm. His wife Sharon serves as Secretary-Treasurer, funeral arranger, and all-round executive. Danny Wasson who is the junior member of the executive staff serves as Operations Manager, arranger and funeral director. Bob Wasson joined the firm full time upon his graduation in 1959 from the University of Arkansas. His mortuary work having been completed at Dallas Institute in 1955.
Sharon Wasson was a career English teacher and left the post of Senior High School English Teacher to become part of our permanent staff in 1978. She attended the University of Arkansas and is a graduate of John Brown University.
Wasson received his professional training from the Dallas Institute, attended
the University of Arkansas and Graduated from John Brown University. Upon
graduation he returned in 1987 to re-join our staff and management team. Bob
and Danny Wasson are both graduates of the National Foundation of Funeral
After reading this brief synopsis of our history, I hope that you can understand the pride that we feel in helping to maintain the high standards that we place on ourselves and the degree of excellence sought in genuinely trying to help the families that we serve.
It goes without saying that our goals would not be achieved without the dedication of all the members of our staff. They, too share our objectives. We wish to share this sense of pride with you.
- Bob Wasson