Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.
Ever since we opened our gates we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are not a burial ground. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.
In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.
We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.
Learn the legacy.
Framptom Funeral Home, P.A. was established in 1864 during the latter stages of the Civil War. The Framptom family had already been in business for many years selling carriages, buck-boards and freight wagons. It was a rather natural transition for them to further assist the region by becoming undertakers. Literally "undertaking" to respectfully care for the families of the region that needed their services. Joseph Framptom and his assistants would prepare the deceased at home and then lay the person back in their bed until a casket could be brought to the home the next day. Many of the caskets that were used were built by the funeral home in their shop.
A son of Joseph, Jerome J. Framptom entered the business with his father assisting in all aspects of caring for the families that they served. Their business grew and expanded until they were caring for families from the northern portions of the Eastern Shore all of the way to Cape Charles, Virginia. That would involve a commitment of several days. Jerome J. Framptom, had two sons, one being Henry who came into the family business and the other was Jerome J. Framptom, Jr. who after graduating from Washington College in Chestertown, pursued and received his law degree. In a tragic accident Henry was killed in an automobile accident in 1935 and was eventually entombed in the Framptom mausoleum which was erected in Hill Crest Cemetery in Federalsburg. Jerome J. Framptom, Jr. then came into the business with his father.
The funeral home continually strived to maintain the best of equipment and facilities. After World War II when funerals were more often conducted in the funeral home instead of the individuals home, or the church, a large addition was made to the funeral home allowing for a large chapel, and a private viewing area for families. The Framptom family eventually had 4 generations of Framptom families working in the funeral home when Jerome, Jr.'s son Joseph was licensed as a funeral director.
In 1972 the business was sold to Donald and Margaret Hawkins. They along with their daughter Janie and her husband Michael Eskow moved to Federalsburg. Mr. Hawkins a veteran of World War II where he served as a radio man on B-17's had been licensed as a funeral director for 25 years. New parking facilities, a large and expanded family room, new monument processing facilities, modern monument handling equipment, and updated facilities would eventually be added to the funeral home property. Michael entered Mortuary School in 1975 and was licensed as a mortician in 1976. In 1998 Michael and Janie's daughter, Christy joined the family business. She was married in June of 1999 to Roman G. Coale and both of them now work in the family business as licensed funeral directors
Throughout the years the long established Framptom philosophy of compassionate, considerate care, with the best of equipment and facilities at very competitive costs has continued until the present day.
Who We Are
Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible. Together, we make this place amazing.
Raised in Cambridge, Maryland Graduated From Cambridge South Dorchester High School in 1995. Graduated From Catonsville Community College in 1999 with an AA in Mortuary Science Former President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer of the Delmarva Funeral Service Association Former Executive Board Member with the Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce. Lives in East New Market with his wife, Christy and two sons Addison & Graham Enjoys traveling, Real Estate projects, and spending time with his family and friends.
Raised in Federalsburg (next door to Funeral Home) Graduated From Epworth Christian School in 1993 Graduated From Messiah College, Grantham, PA in 1997 with a BA in Political Science Graduated From Catonsville Community College in 1999 with an AA in Mortuary Science Past President and Secretary of Federalsburg Rotary Club Former secretary and treasurer of Delmarva Funeral Service Association 3rd Generation Funeral Director Lives in East New Market with her husband, Roman and sons Addison & Graham