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History & Staff

Family Owned & Operated Since 1891

Our History


/Lamb-BashamMemorial/history01.jpgLamb – Basham Memorial Chapel was founded on May 7, 1891 by P. H. Lamb and George Watt. The two men opened the funeral home in a building that stood across the street from the present location. The men also operated a livery stable located on a lot adjacent to the present funeral home.

P. H. Lamb bought the interest of Mr. Watt. The business became Lamb and Son when the late J. W. Lamb joined his father, P. H. Lamb, in the business in 1909. The funeral home was moved to its present location in the early 1920s and additional /Lamb-BashamMemorial/history02.jpgrooms were built at that time. The livery business was discontinued about 1925 and the building torn down in 1927.
 
P. H. Lamb died in 1929. J. P. (Jack) Lamb joined his father in 1929. J. W. Lamb died in 1941, and the business was owned and operated by Mrs. J. W. (Edith) Lamb and her son Jack.

Jack Lamb was the last member of the Lamb family to operate the business. Jack sold the business to Harold Schmutzler, and he operated the funeral home for a short while. Mr. Schmutzler sold the /Lamb-BashamMemorial/history03.jpgfuneral home to Hovey Hedges, and he sold the business to Jerry Lee Basham, who has operated the funeral home as Lamb – Basham Memorial Chapel since September 23, 1981.

We are very proud of our heritage and constantly focus our energies to provide compassionate service that reflects well on that legacy.

 

Our Staff's Commitment to You.


Staff members of Lamb-Basham Memorial Chapel are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance to our staff of licensed funeral directors.

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Jerry Lee Basham Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer

Jerry Lee Basham was born in Tell City, IN, graduated from Tell City High School, attended Vincennes University Jasper Center, and graduated from the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science. He is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in the State of Indiana, and holds an Indiana Insurance License for Life and Health Insurance. Jerry is a State Certified MedicoLegal Death Investigator in the State of Indiana, and served as Deputy and Chief Deputy Coroner in Gibson County for 16 years.

Jerry is also active in many community organizations. He is a member of the First Church of the Nazarene. Jerry is a member of the Oakland City Kiwanis club, where he has been the President, Vice President and the Treasurer. He is a member of the Petersburg Pacific Lodge #175 of the I.O.O.F. Lodge and is a past District Grand Master there. He has served as a Board Member of Oakland City Columbia Township Public Library.

Jerry is also a member of F. & A.M. Masonic Lodge #467 Oakland City, Oakland City and Community Business Association, serving as President and Board Director, and the Gibson County Community Foundation.

Jerry Lee Basham

Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer
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Jerry Lee Basham was born in Tell City, IN, graduated from Tell City High School, attended Vincennes University Jasper Center, and graduated from the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science. He is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in the State of Indiana, and holds an Indiana Insurance License for Life and Health Insurance. Jerry is a State Certified MedicoLegal Death Investigator in the State of Indiana, and served as Deputy and Chief Deputy Coroner in Gibson County for 16 years.

Jerry is also active in many community organizations. He is a member of the First Church of the Nazarene. Jerry is a member of the Oakland City Kiwanis club, where he has been the President, Vice President and the Treasurer. He is a member of the Petersburg Pacific Lodge #175 of the I.O.O.F. Lodge and is a past District Grand Master there. He has served as a Board Member of Oakland City Columbia Township Public Library.

Jerry is also a member of F. & A.M. Masonic Lodge #467 Oakland City, Oakland City and Community Business Association, serving as President and Board Director, and the Gibson County Community Foundation.