The next decade also brought with it a divergent perception of funeral values as many local families began embracing cremation as an alternative to traditionally accepted ground burial. Coincidentally, this was also the time when The Loewen Group, a large funeral industry corporation acquired the Whitehurst family funeral homes. The Loewen Group retained all of the dedicated and well trained Whitehurst -Loyd staff but now operating decisions were being made from the Loewen corporate headquarters in Canada. Whitehurst-Loyd Funeral Service served local families under this structure until July 1, 2007.
Local ownership of Porterville’s first established funeral home came back full circle when native son Les Peters and wife Kim purchased Whitehurst -Loyd Funeral Service on July 1, 2007.
Les is the son of Clarence Peters, the apprentice embalmer who in 1973 struck out on his own to fulfill his dream of owning his own funeral home. Like many offspring of small business owners, Les at the age of 15, promptly began helping wherever he could and with the tutelage of Clarence, developed into an excellent funeral home operator in his own right.
Les and Kim are committed to reestablishing the core concept of being an exclusively locally owned and operated funeral business.
To learn more about Les and Kim personally, visit their biographies on our website Home Page.