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About Us

Who we are

Celebrating life since 1980

As a proud member of the Sparta community since 1980, we're honored to help families celebrate their loved ones. We pledge to ensure that every funeral and memorial service is deeply personal, fostering healing and remembrance.

What we stand for

Our promise

Today, tomorrow, and forever, our commitment to you stays the same.


Every life is unique, and we promise to honor and respect each journey, crafting ceremonies that reflect each individual.


Navigating grief can be overwhelming; we stand by you, providing direction and solace every step of the way.


Beyond a service, we're committed to helping families create lasting tributes that transcend generations.

Our story

In the early 1930's, Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home, Alleghany County's first funeral home, was opened in the home of Mr. Dewey Sturdivant on Main Street in Sparta, North Carolina. At one time, Reins-Sturdivant had funeral homes in West Jefferson, Sparta, Newland, and North Wilkesboro in North Carolina, and in Independence, Virginia. Sometime later, Mr. Sturdivant built a new funeral home across Main Street from the original building. The name was changed to Sturdivant Funeral Home in the early 1960's.

Alleghany County native Harold Church joined Sturdivant on a part-time basis in 1963. He began full-time employment with the firm in 1965, and graduated with honors from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in March of 1968. He remained with Sturdivant until 1970, when he joined Hayworth-Miller Funeral Home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

In 1973, a group of local investors built a building on a large piece of property on Grandview Drive, hired Mr. Frank Jones, a Mount Airy, North Carolina funeral director, and opened Jones Funeral Home. Because the expectations of the investors were not met, Harold Church was contacted by the group and was persuaded to return to Sparta in 1974. The name of the firm was changed to Church Funeral Service. 

By 1980, Sturdivant Funeral Home merged with Church Funeral Service, and the name became Grandview Memorial Funeral Home. Harold Church and Cecil Murray purchased the stock of the other investors, and in 1986, Harold Church bought Murray's stock and became the sole owner of Grandview. In 1991, Grandview merged with an independent family owned business located in Elizabethton, TN called Heritage Family Funeral Service.  Harold Church remained with Heritage Family Funeral Service until his retirement in June of 2010.

Grandview continues to proudly serve the personal needs of Alleghany county and surrounding areas.


Legacies Honored


Years in Business


Moments Remembered

Meet the team

Our incredible staff

Helping families create lasting legacies is more than a job — it's our calling. We are here to support you in any way we can and will offer you the full attention, knowledge, and compassion you need.

Donnie Brim

Donnie Brim


Michael Hendricks

Michael Hendricks


Debra C. Smith

Debra C. Smith


Janet Royal

Janet Royal


Meredith Walker

Meredith Walker


Elizabeth Hendricks

Elizabeth Hendricks


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Our Location

A place of healing

We welcome you to explore the Grandview Memorial Funeral Home facilities, and invite you to discover a comforting and peaceful place to honor your loved one.

We're here for you

We exist to serve the unique needs of every family

Seamless Arrangements

We'll help you with everything you need with a simple step-by-step process for all of your funeral, cremation and advanced planning.

Unique Funerals and Tributes

Every individual is unique. Which is why we offer fully customizable memorial services designed just for your family.

Around the Clock Support

We're here to answer any questions and help in any way we can – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.


Hear from the families we've served

“They are true professionals and extremely compassionate.”

Author: Tyler Tetrick rated with 5 stars
Associations & Awards

Honoring excellence

We’re honored to be recognized for our dedication to excellence and genuine care. Explore the esteemed associations we're a part of, and the awards that celebrate our commitment to the communities we serve.

Our Awards

Grandview Memorial is honored as one of the Best Places to Work in 2023.

We're hiring

Beyond the opportunity to truly make a difference, Grandview Memorial Funeral Home offers competitive pay, a healthy work-life balance, and many opportunities for growth.

Plan Ahead

Plan for the future, today

Pre-planning lets your loved ones focus on honoring life instead of hashing out details. Learn the choices you can make now, so a future funeral becomes more of a celebration than a burden.