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 the family. 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 clients can be at ease and relaxed in our home from home surroundings and informal arrangement rooms.

About Us

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. 

Operating from our premises in Cemetery Road, we have been situated in Lye for many years, originally being run from the family
home, in Morvale Street. Moving to the current Funeral Home 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 easy for our Stourbridge, Oldswinford, Wollaston and Norton clients.

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.

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.


Professional and tailor-made

Once you and your family are ready we will make an appointment with you to make 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.


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.

Contact Us

J. Vernon Kendrick

Vernon House, Cemetery Road
Lye, West Midlands DY9 8DB

01384 422123

J. Vernon Kendrick Stourbridge

Greenfield House, 11 Greenfield Avenue, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY8 5SU

01384 422123

Farmer & Son

Trinity House, High Street
Wordsley, West Midlands

01384 273135

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday: 9am til 5pm
Saturday: 9am til midday 
We operate a 24 hour telephone service