T he Carroll Family has been in the funeral home business for over 70 years. It started in 1940 when Mrs. Pearl Finney Carroll, mother of James T. Carroll, married William Zieren, following the death of her husband, Thomas Carroll. William Zieran was proprietor of Zieren Funeral Home formerly located at 323 West Court Street, Paris, Illinois. The Zieren Funeral Home was founded in 1923.
James T. Carroll took great interest in the operations of his step-father's funeral home, spending his teenage years there. After the death of William Zieren in 1947, James attended Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago and graduated in 1949 as a licensed funeral director. Following graduation, James returned to Paris to help his mother run the family business.
After years of operating Zieren Funeral Home and ambulance service on Court Street, James Carroll bought into the partnership at the Blume and Stewart Funeral Home at 303 East Wood Street in 1970. The Blume and Stewart Funeral Home originated in 1930 as Blume Funeral Home which was owned and operated by Mr. Wayne Blume. In 1960 Mr. Robert G. Stewart entered into business with Mr. Blume, forming Blume and Stewart Funeral Home. Upon the merger of the funeral homes in 1970, and at the retirement of Mr. Blume, the business became known as Blume Stewart Carroll Funeral Home until 1975. In 1975, the business became known as Stewart and Carroll Funeral Home which continues today.
In May 1980, Thomas D. Carroll joined the staff at Stewart and Carroll Funeral Home as a licensed funeral director. Tom became a licensed funeral director in 1975. He spent five years working for Pulliam Funeral Home in Robinson, Illinois and Williamson Funeral Home in Staunton, Illinois before returning to Paris in 1980. Following the death of Robert Stewart in 1988, Tom joined the partnership with his father Jim. Tom became the sole owner of the business after his father died in 1995.
Today, Stewart and Carroll Funeral Home is directed by funeral director and owner, Tom Carroll, with the assistance of funeral director Mark Anderson. Mark has been a licensed funeral director since 1990 and has been employed by Stewart and Carroll since 1987. We continue to provide the same excellent service that our community has come to expect over the past 81 years. We are committed to providing quality, professional service based on family tradition, integrity, dignity and honesty.