Brown-Service Funeral Homes

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Brown-Service Funeral Homes Company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty National Life Insurance Company which provided burial services and merchandise to holders of Liberty National's burial insurance policies. The company, which had formerly provided home services insurance itself as the Brown-Service Insurance Company[1], was acquired in 1944 with the purchase of a $5 million share from principal owner Rufus Lackey.

Throughout its history Brown-Service subcontracted with independently-owned funeral parlors for the actual services. Customers using affiliated parlors received more complete services than those using non-affiliated parlors. Many of its affiliates were later acquired by Brown-Service. Later many former affiliates were purchased by national service providers.

Birmingham area locations

Ridout's-Brown Service Valley Chapel
Ridout's-Brown Service Elmwood Chapel

Former area locations


  • Samford, Frank P., Jr (1985) Torchmark Corporation: History of a New Company. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press
  • Edgar H. BATTLE, d/b/a Edgar H. Battle Funeral Home, et al. v. Liberty National Life Insurance Co. et al. (April 25, 1974) United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit. 493 F.2d 39, 1974-1 Trade Cases 75,030
  • Hansen, Jeff (February 29, 2004) "FTC's funeral rule aids planning in time of grief." Birmingham News