In August 1969 Doreen and Melvyn Evans saw Percy Vero Funeral Directors for sale in Atherstone – based 200 miles away from their home in Pembrokeshire, South Wales. It was to be a huge gamble for them, leaving all of their family and friends behind. After much deliberation they decided to accept the challenge and move to Grendon House on Long Street together with their five young children.
Melvyn was a cabinet maker by trade and had made coffins for the Co-Op in South Wales, inspiring his interest in this line of business.
The house was very run down needing a complete renovation and, for a while, they wondered whether they had made the right decision.
Melvyn was conducting the funerals by day and renovating the house in his spare time. With Doreen’s caring and loving nature and Melvyn’s hard work they were a great team who over the years built up an outstanding reputation in the local community.
In 1979 Doreen and Melvyn expanded the business into Albert Road in Tamworth. Again the property was in poor repair, having previously been flats, but in Melvyn’s spare time, and with the help of their sons David and Nigel, they completely renovated the building and opened their second branch.
In 1996 Doreen and Melvyn retired and their sons David and Nigel took over ownership.
Doreen relished her retirement but suffered ill health soon after retiring and passed away in 2005.
In comparison, retirement was just not an option for Melvyn and he continued to work right up until he passed away in 2008.
In 2002 the Atherstone office moved from Nigel and his family’s home at Grendon House to Holmville House. The property had been Jerry Boyle’s dentist surgery and was located two doors down on Long Street.
David and Nigel acquired their third branch. W Smith & Sons Funeral Directors on Avenue Road, Nuneaton was established in Nuneaton town centre in 1851.
The owner Ian Smith told David and Nigel that he was only willing to sell his long established business to another family business with the assurance that it would remain an independent family concern.
M G Evans celebrated 50 years in business.
A proud moment for the business.
David and Nigel acquired their fourth branch. Gascoignes of Coleshill have been providing services to Coleshill and the surrounding area since 1900.
Sue Wallace & Barry Gascoigne are the fourth generation to work in their family’s business and wished for their company to be taken over by another family business and so the Evans family are proud to continue the Gascogine family legacy.
To date, M G Evans & Sons remains an independent, family run Funeral Directors.
The third generation of the Evans family, David’s daughter Carly and Nigel’s three sons Matthew, George and Luke all work within the family business.
Our funeral services
We understand that saying goodbye to a loved one is a deeply personal and emotional experience. Our burial services are designed to provide a meaningful and respectful farewell, honouring the life and memories of your cherished family member or friend.
We recognise that every life is unique, and the farewell should reflect the individuality and cherished memories of your loved one. Our cremation services offer a compassionate and respectful way to honour their legacy, providing a sense of closure and comfort during this challenging time.
Throughout the years, we have taken great pride in supplying the highest quality funeral vehicles to our customers, with a wide range of modern and vintage vehicles to select from. We are very proud of our fleet of Jaguar hearses, limousines and vintage Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II hearse.
We offer horse carriages for funerals and memorial services. The carriages are available in a selection of colours including black, white, silver or plume and can be accompanied by either two or four horses. Our impressive horses and carriages are a fitting tribute for your loved ones final journey.
Coffins & Caskets
There is a large selection of coffins & caskets, to suit all budgets and preferences. All of our selection are supplied with a range of satin linings and matching gowns. They are available in a light or dark oak finish and can be dressed with wooden, gold or various coloured bar handles.
When choosing a cremation urn for a loved one, we understand how important it can be to make it as meaningful as possible. If you need help with the process, our team of professionals will be able to guide you and assist you throughout the process, as well as explain all the options that are available to you.
A funeral plan is an easy way to arrange the funeral you want in advance. A plan allows you to specify your wishes and pay for the funeral director’s services included in your plan. As our customers often tell us, that can bring peace of mind to you and your family.
There is a range of funeral packages tailored to the type of ceremony you would like for your loved one. In order to make it unique and special for you. We will provide you with a full estimate for the funeral, including all related third-party costs, before you need to confirm the arrangements.
A memorial is more than just a marker on a grave – it is a symbol of remembrance that represents a lifetime. It is a tribute to a life ended and perhaps a final gift to someone dearly loved. We offer a large selection of headstones at prices to suit all budgets.
A big thank to George and the family for all the help and support they gave me.
My family and I would like to take a moment to thank M G Evans & Sons for conducting my nan’s funeral today. Particularly Matthew, who was brilliant at his job, and very professional. The day ran smoothly and we trusted you completely to give my nan the send-off she deserves.
Logan, Rachel & Family
Thank you so much for the excellent service you gave to Mary, I highly recommend to anyone going through a sad loss. Matthew was brilliant showing so much care, also Eileen was so kind, as was all the staff. Fantastic service.
Grateful thanks to Carly, Richard and all the Chauffers for all the care and attention that you gave me and my family, whilst arranging and directing the funeral for Mr Watson. Your service, advice and kindness were exceptional. Once again many thanks.
Mrs Watson & Family
Thank you for your care, consideration, compassion and professionalism with the funeral arrangements. A sad day made easier to bear with your support.
Pauline, Jack West & Family
A huge thank you to you all. We felt so lost when our beloved mother past away, but you got us through it smoothly by showing us compassion and comforting us all in a very professional way.
Gaye, Hilary & Shelagh
Thank you so much for your kindness, help and support. After we lost our Mum, you helped us through a very hard time. Your thoughtfulness is very much appreciated.
Nikki, Kerry Lynn & Family
Thank you so much for taking care of both my late mother and ourselves. You guided us through a very difficult time, combining professionalism and a very human touch.
Kerry & Peter Mann
Thank you most sincerely for all the help and guidance that we received throughout the funeral process. Everything went very smoothly along with the lovely contribution and beautiful flowers.
Terry & Jenny Jeffries
Meet our family
M G Evans & Sons Funeral Directors, 20 Albert Rd, Tamworth B79 7JN
M G Evans & Sons Funeral Directors, Long St, Atherstone CV9 1AX
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