New Funeral Home Opening In Marlinton

Marlinton, WV – The Kimble Funeral Home is scheduled to open this week in Marlinton. The new funeral home is the third in the chain for the Franklin, West Virginia based business. The building is in the final stages of conversion from a bank to a full service funeral home. Once the state does a final inspection on Wednesday or Thursday, they will be available to serve the people of Pocahontas County.

Keith Kimble has been in the Funeral Home Business for over 34 years. He says his main facility is in Franklin WV. And since 1997 they’ve had a branch in Paw Paw, WV. He says they will offer a full range of services to the Pocahontas County community.

“This will be full funeral service; traditional services, cremation services, and any special needs” he says. “Also, we’ll be offering monuments. We have our own monument company in Franklin, so we’ll have monuments in this area also.”

Kimble says because we don’t have natural gas lines in the county, a crematorium isn’t feasible. But he says they share a facility with two other homes and any cremation services would be handled at that facility. Kimble says with the new Marlinton facility, they could accommodate up to three families at one time but hopes that won’t be necessary. He says that he has been welcomed into the community and feels comfortable here now.

“Everyone has just been wonderful” he says. “Actually I feel at home. When I began to think about coming to Marlinton, I first thought I don’t have any ties over in Pocahontas County’ but was I ever wrong. Everyone I’ve seen or run into has had some connection to Pendleton County over the years and everyone has been wide open arms welcoming. I think this is my second home already.”

Kimble says that he is very familiar with the rigors of operating in a rural setting. The types and locations of cemeteries in Pocahontas County are very similar to ones in Pendleton County. And he has equipment capable of reaching the most remote location. For more information, you can visit their website at

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