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Generations of quality service

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By Vanessa Hurst

What started out as a side job, serving family and friends has grown in to a business that has been run by three generations.

“My granddad, Clanrence Crume, worked at Ford Motor company and started Crumes Monunment in 1951. He mostly did it for family and friends. All the monuments were ordered finished and Granddad would install in the nearby cemeteries.” said Jim Crume owner of the Hodgenville location of Crumes Monuments.

“Word spread and the business grew. In 1980 Granddad passed away suddenly and my uncle had to take over the business. In 1981 our first shop was opened and we started carving and lettering our own monuments.”

Their main location is in Caneyville, where etching and carving is done.

“Dad started the Hodgenville location about 15 years ago; he just retired in July.” Crume said.

Crume’s Monument offers tombstones, death date cutting, etchings, mausoleums, stone benches, urn boxes and just about anything to do with memorials. Most of the granite comes from Vermont or Georgia but some as faraway as India.

“Some people come in and pre-purchase; it takes some of the stress and burden off their children and survivors,” said Curme.

“We offer quality products and very reasonable prices; we can design anything a customer wants on a computer and show them what the product is going to look like before its done.” Crume said, “But more than that, we work to guide people through the process.”

Crumes Monument is located at 1430 Old Elizabethtown Road. Their hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., they are closed on Monday and Sunday. Their phone number is 270-358-4161, you can also visit their website at www.crumesmonuments.com.