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R Hayden Smith Funeral Home

CATEGORY: Professional Services


245 South Armistead Avenue
Hampton, VA 23669
Telephone: 757-723-3191

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The Smith family began its long tradition in funeral service when, in 1901, William Morriss Smith and his son, R. Hayden Smith, opened a storefront funeral parlor in Phoebus near the intersection of Mellen and Mallory Streets. In 1907, William died leaving his son to continue as Undertaker. Born in New Kent County, William had served with distinction in Pickett's Division, 53rd Virginia Infantry, Company B during the Civil War, received the Southern Cross of Honor after the war and came to Hampton in the 1870's. As was the custom of the time, the name was changed from William M Smith and Son following William's death to R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home, the name it continues to carry today.

Regardless of the hour, your chosen funeral director should be called as soon as possible after death occurs. He or she will be able to begin answering your questions and handling the details of funeral arrangements. The steady hand of a knowledgeable professional can be reassuring during a time when confusion seems to be the norm.

Funeral Ceremonies

Funerals are a way for people to gather together to remember the life of a loved one. They are an important step towards healing. Remember that funerals are for the living, not for the dead.


While cremations are more common in Western Europe and Japan than in North America, the number of people in the United States and Canada selecting cremation has risen significantly during the past few years.

Funeral Celebrant Services

A Certified Funeral Celebrant is an individual who works with a family to plan and then conduct a personalized funeral ceremony that reflects the personality and life-style of the deceased no matter what beliefs may be.  The serviced will usually include stories, memories, a favorite song or two, a special blessing or readings and a picture video if chosen by the family.  Our Funeral Home is honored to have a Life Tribute Specialist on staff to officiate services. 

The Pursuit of Value

Funeral costs have skyrocketed in recent years among some of the nations most trusted funeral service providers. While inflation accounts for some of these increases, a restructuring of the funeral market is having a more serious impact.

Don't be Deceived

If you have purchased a funeral before need and you wish to change to another funeral home, you may freely do so at the time of death of the person named on the prepaid funeral contract.

Helpful Information

Provides useful links for public/private organizations, Military and Veteran information, Pre-Need Contracts and Record of Vital Information Form.



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