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Our History

Founded in 1905 by Ernest White, we are Taunton’s oldest independent Funeral Directors and have been aiding families in their time of need for 118 years. With 4 generations of experience and two generations currently employed in the business, allow our family to guide your family through your grief.

E White & Son was founded in 1905 by Ernest White, who at that time offered his professional services from premises situated in Eastbourne Road, Taunton. As was normal at this time, he was also a builder. With the passage of time and the growth of the Town, many houses were constructed by him in the Eastleigh Road area of Taunton.

The business progressed and expanded and he moved to new premises at 24 East Reach, Taunton. In 1928, at the tender age of fourteen, Ernest’s son, Percy joined the business as an apprentice. The 1930’s saw a turning point in the Company’s history, when the decision was made to relinquish the building side of the business and concentrate solely upon Funeral Directing.

Aiding families in times of need for over 100 years

During the 1940’s a property was purchased at 138/139 East Reach, and our present premises were constructed incorporating an Office, Chapel of Rest, Workshops and Garaging. The Company had been one of the first, if not the first Taunton Funeral Directors, to change from Horse drawn corteges to Motor corteges. Our first Motor hearse was constructed and coach built here in Taunton at Marshalsea Motors.

In 1971 Percy’s son, Adrian, entered the business continuing the family tradition into its third generation. The levels of service and facilities continued to progress, when, in 1982, new Chapels of Rest; Preparation area and garaging were constructed.

Here at E White & Son we know that finding the right Funeral Director is a choice not to be taken lightly. That’s why we offer free over the phone consultations to walk you through your needs and your budget. E White & Son is a wholly independent and family run Company, who are members of the Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors, as well as long standing members of the National Association of Funeral Directors. Both these professional organisations operate Codes of Practice, which are recognised by the Office of Fair Trading, to which this Company adheres.

Through the traditional standard of quality service we have provided since 1905, and with the changing attitudes towards Funerals, we are also able to offer and provide Prepaid Funerals through our association with Golden Charter, an independent Company recommended by the Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors and wholly endorsed by us.

We also operate our own Floristry Department, which is looked after by our qualified florist Susan White, who is a Family Director of the Company. Our expertise and contacts within the Funeral and allied professions enables us to offer a Complete Funeral Service to our clients.