History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
The current Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home was started in 1937 by Raymond Sherwood and Claude Ferguson, known as Sherwood-Ferguson Funeral Home, located at the current corner of 18th and “I” Streets in Bedford, Indiana.
In the mid 1940’s, a third partner was taken in by the name of Roy Speer. Upon the death of Raymond Sherwood, the name changed to Ferguson-Speer Funeral Home. Roy Speer took control of Mr. Ferguson’s share in the business and became the sole owner. The business operated with Mr. Ferguson as an employee only until 1959.
On June 1, 1959, Paul Branson and Robert Lee purchased the assets and business of Ferguson-Speer Funeral Home, and the name was changed to Ferguson-Branson Funeral Home. In 1962, Paul Branson had a series of coronaries and Robert Lee assumed the debt of the funeral home and became the sole owner. Claude Ferguson stayed on as a senior employee and advisor and the name became Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home, at the same location. In 1973, Mr. Ferguson died.
In 1971, Lee constructed a new funeral home on the same location’s parking lot and proceeded to tear down the house on “I” Street in order to make a complete parking lot. In 2004, a substantial addition was made to the parking lot by eliminating another residence.
In the late 1980’s, Robert E. Lee II, son of Robert Lee, joined Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home as a Funeral Director and later Manager, until his death on January 14, 2001.
On December 1, 2016, Mr. Robert Lee and his wife Marjorie sold the funeral homes to Bedford residents, Philip M. and Amelia Thorne and Derek C. and Abby George who are the current owners of the funeral chapels.
Robert Lee purchased Queen Funeral Home in Shoals, Indiana in 1978. Gordon Queen and his wife, Mildred, left Shoals immediately after the sale, and Mr. Queen had a severe coronary within the first two weeks after the sale.
After Lee’s purchase of the funeral home, the name changed to Queen-Lee Funeral Home and associated with Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford. The funeral home to this day is located at the same location in the small town of Shoals, Indiana. In 1990, extensive redecorating and structural changes were made. On December 1, 2016, Mr. Robert Lee and his wife Marjorie sold the Queen-Lee Funeral Home to Bedford residents, Philip M. and Amelia Thorne and Derek C. and Abby George, who currently own and operate the Ferguson-Lee and Queen-Lee Chapels.
Our Valued Staff
Derek George Owner/Funeral Director
Phil Thorne Owner/Staff Minister
Robert E. Lee Consultant/Funeral Director
Michael Clark Funeral Director
Stephen Underwood Funeral Director