AUSTIN – Harrell Funeral Home has acquired Putnam Funeral Home & Crematory in Kingsland and Bertram, and Cremation Advocates by Putnam in Marble Falls.
“The decision to retire required that I find a successor with a love for people and a passion for service,” said Chris Putnam, former owner of Putnam Funeral Home. “I hand-selected Jason Harrell and Harrell Funeral Home to continue Putnam as an independent family-owned funeral organization. I have known Jason and his family for over 25 years, and I’m fully confident in Harrell’s expertise and ability to meet the future Putnam family’s funeral needs. Being family-owned, Harrell is committed to continuing traditions and investing in relationships within our community. Jessamyn and I want to thank the community for your trust in the Putnam brand over the years. We truly know the feeling of being loved and supported.”
“My father opened Harrell Funeral Home 37 years ago with the vision of coming along beside friends and helping them when they needed someone the most,” said Jason Harrell, owner of Harrell Funeral Homes. “We still operate today under this vision. Our tagline is ‘Where love lives on’ because we want love to empower us as we carry each other’s troubles and give our hearts to those whose hearts are breaking. We are here to serve our family’s needs above our own and comfort and love families as they move through the grieving process.”
Harrell is keeping pace with the expanding growth locally, and they also know the changing market. Harrell recently announced new partnerships with Parting Stones and Eternevia to bring families alternatives to traditional ashes when choosing cremation. They are the only funeral home in the Austin area transforming cremated remains into forms that are easy to live with and connect to and celebrate.
“When a loved one passes, it is hard to see the light among the shadows,” Harrell said. “Our team will help your family before, during the service, and after the funeral. We walk beside you every step and are excited to bring Highland Lake families new resources at Putnam, like professional help to close out estate matters and notifications after a death, online grief resources, and help to pre-arranging funeral wishes in advance.”
Putnam Funeral Home & Crematory and Cremation Advocates will continue to operate under the same name. Third-generation funeral director and longtime employee Eli Heatley will remain on staff, along with Toni Stewart and Neil Parker who were recently hired. In addition, Jayson Lynch, with 20-plus years of funeral experience, will be joining the Putnam team, and an additional off-site team will support the location as well.