A Positive Philosophy of Care.

A modern approach to a traditional profession.

A long established Black Country Independent family Funeral Directors, still owned and directed by the Kendrick family now in its third generation.

It is our duty, as your Funeral Director, to arrange and carry out a funeral ceremony which is fully significant to your loved one. Each and every funeral is individual to the family concerned and they should pay their last respects and say farewell in the manner that is most suitable to them.

Our objective has been to create an environment which invites families to take refuge from the anxiety of their bereavement, pause to reflect and with our help, decide what is right for them at this difficult and challenging time.

Our funeral homes are equipped for the care and accommodation of the deceased to the highest standards of dignity, with extensive refurbishment and modernisation taking place throughout 2015.

We have taken a different approach to our funeral homes, by creating an environment where families can be at ease and relaxed in our home from home surroundings and informal arrangement rooms.

About Us.

A traditional family company.

In the changing times we live in J. Vernon Kendrick and Farmer and Son Funeral Directors are still a traditional family company, retaining the best of 85 years experience, with a traditional approach and modern ideas carried out in a professional and dignified way.

Founded in 1931 by Vernon Kendrick, know locally as Vernie, he created a professionalism and duty of care that was continued by his Son John and now the third generation his Grandson Daniel.

Originally being run from the family home, in Morvale Street, Lye and moving to the current Funeral Home on Cemetery Road during the late seventies, this being purpose built by Vernon and his son John, giving families a place they can come to with peace of mind and privacy in upsetting times.

In 2014 we opened a new funeral home in Stourbridge on Greenfield Avenue, in the old quarter for the convenience and ease of our Stourbridge, Oldswinford, Wollaston and Norton families.

Farmer and Son Funeral Directors, Wordsley started in the late 1800’s and has a long history, serving the communities of Wordsley, Kingswinford, Wall Heath and surrounding areas. J. Vernon Kendrick Funeral Directors bought Farmer & Son from the original Farmer family in 1955.

We are justly proud of the history of the company and strive to maintain the high standards and position in the communities we serve and calling upon a collective depth of knowledge and experience from our long standing staff.

We operate modern funeral limousines and have an exclusive range of coffins and caskets from our very own workshop and craftsman which complements our quality of service.

Our Services.

Professional & Tailor-made.

Once you and your family are ready we will make an appointment with you to discuss and advise on the funeral arrangements. You are welcome to visit our funeral homes or one of our funeral directors will come to your home.

We will guide you through all aspects of the funeral arrangements, including burial or cremation, coffin choice and also choice of funeral cars.

Our Private Chapels of Rest.

We regard our Chapels of Rest as the most important rooms in our funeral homes. We have taken great care to make them welcoming and peaceful. As part of our service we are able to receive families to our Chapels outside of public opening hours by appointment only.

Our hand crafted coffins.

We have a coffin brochure which the family will be shown during the funeral arrangement.

Funeral cars.

Our matching fleet of hearses and limousines are of a modern and prestigious manufacture and are immaculately maintained and presented.


As part of our service we will supply professional bearers. If the family wish to supply their own bearers from amongst the family and friends we are pleased to accommodate this request.

Floral tributes.

If the family wish, we can arrange for the supply of the family flowers and cards.

Paper announcements.

We are pleased to help and advise with the wording and insertion of press announcements, this is part of our customary service.


We can collect donations for you and you can be assured of our integrity in receiving, listing and forwarding onto relevant charity(s), again this part of our customary service and there is no handling charge.

In house refreshment Service.

We can provide you with tea, coffee and soft drinks. A selection of sandwiches and savories will be provided as well as our traditional and popular homemade scones in our tasteful refreshment lounge.


Some people prefer independence and peace of mind of considering things in advance, to look at the options available and deciding for themselves how they would like there funeral arranged when the eventual need arises.

We offer the “Independent Way” funeral plan by Golden Charter who are one of the UK’s leading and independent funeral plan provider.

Please contact us if you wish to discuss pre-arranging your funeral and we will be happy to help and advise you on any questions you may have.