In 1902, William Alvis “W.A.”Rich left Baltimore, Maryland and returned to his hometown of Graham, NC. W.A. Rich had gone to Baltimore to work and study the art of embalming and the business of funeral directing. Upon his return to Graham, he established the first professional and licensed business in Alamance County whose sole purpose was the caring for and burial of the dead.
In 1926 the funeral service was incorporated, with its owners being James H. Rich, Alvis M. Rich, W. Ernest Thompson and Charles A. Thompson. That same year, Rich & Thompson opened a location in Burlington. It was located on Church Street at the site of the present Duncan's Exxon Service Station.
In 1935, the Burlington branch of Rich andThompson was moved to it’s present location at 306 Glenwood Ave. At the time it was built, the Rich and Thompson Mortuary was the very first structure built in North Carolina to operate exclusively as a funeral establishment.
Times change, people change, but the Rich and Thompson commitment to “Our Family Serving Yours” is stronger than ever before. Today, Chip Rhodes leads a staff made up mostly of Alamance County residents and their families. Chip, along with his brother Scott and Roy Glasgow have over 120 years combined experience serving families in Alamance and the surrounding counties. Together, we are committed to providing the most professional service possible to every family we serve. Regardless of a person’s financial situation, the dedicated staff of Rich and Thompson Funeral and Cremation Service will work with you to arrange services that honor your loved one’s memory.