Thatcher’s Funeral Home began during the time when horses pulled wagons through the streets of Kansas City, KS. The area of 1st, 2nd & 3rd streets in Wyandotte County, Kansas City, KS were populated by black families who had moved to “Free Kansas” when they left the cotton and sugar plantations of the South. To serve the Negro community with a first class mortuary, in 1912 Nathan W.Thatcher Sr. founded Thatcher’s Funeral Home located at 1514 North 5th Street 47 years after the abolishment of legal slavery in the United States.
Continuing the family legacy, the business passed on Thatcher Sr.'s death to son Nathan W.Thatcher, Jr. who operated the business for 28 years then upon his death to daughter Quintelle Thatcher Davis. Mrs. Davis, with assistance of her mother, Myrtle Thatcher, ran the business for 27 years. Upon Mrs. Davis’ death in 2007, her son (and great grandson to Thatcher, Sr.) Robert Davis, Jr. became the general manager of Thatcher’s Funeral Home. Mrs. Myrtle Thatcher, though retired, remains a pillar of the community and available to advise her grandson who carries on the 100 year legacy of Thatcher’s Funeral Home. Through the generations, all stayed dedicated to the ideals of Nathan Thatcher Sr. to provide a first class mortuary service.
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