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Since we were children, we have been told to leave a place better than we found it. This is life, and this is West Memorials. This is a company born of a belief that memorial art can reflect the uniqueness that each of us brings to life. Since the beginning of time, we have been drawing on stone in beautiful ways to tell others we were here.

Whether it be as grand as a waterfall or as subtle as a font type, we will work with you to create a cemetery memorial that is both beautiful and feels right. West Memorials is unlike any monument company in the country. The beautiful monuments on our website serve as inspiration for unlocking the possibilities of design and also show that you do not have to settle for the typical headstone. We take the time to get to know you and the person that deserves the best memorial we can create.

West is the name on the door and the name of the person taking your call. Missy and Paul West work with families every day to ensure a clarity of vision throughout the design process. Our graphic artists, production staff and associates are all on hand to seamlessly flow concept to reality.

Frequently, families tell us that the monument will be there forever and has to be right; we could not agree more. A custom memorial deserves more than selecting from rows of headstones on display or a catalog of designs that is fifty years old. Designing a unique memorial requires communication, talent and desire. Our clients are more than a name on a stone, they are loved people that deserve our best effort in making one place more beautiful than we found it.

Call or email us. You will know in a moment you have found the right family to trust in building your creative memorial.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Design Spotlight:

This family memorial started as several hand drawings and ended up to be a beautiful, customized family memorial. The project was completed in 2013 for the Galardi's, with an addition in 2015. It includes many large basalt columns with a ledger and a bronze cross suspended over a waterfall. It was an honor to be a part of this huge production.

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Our Story

West Memorials: Not your average monument company

The first monument I designed was for a beautiful young lady who died in a tragic traffic accident.  I was fortunate to spend a couple of hours with her parents hearing all about her.  Before I left, her mother gave me a picture of the young woman saying, "While you are designing this headstone, I want you to remember who you are working for".  After a nerve-wrecking week, I finally arrived at a design that I felt was both beautiful and told the story of this wonderful life cut short.  I have never been so nervous as when I showed the design to her parents, after all, this was a headstone for their child, it had to be right.  I pulled back the cover and with a tear in her eye, mom looked at dad and said, "It's perfect."

After being in the monument industry for 8 years, I designed a beautiful cemetery monument for a little boy.  My boss told me I had to quit wasting so much time with families and get my volume up.  I knew I was done with conglomerate corporations and West Stone Works Company, Inc. was born.

My wife, Missy, the computer whiz and brains of the family, suggested we share our artistic abilities with the rest of the world. West Memorials, the internet company, was born.

The thought of selling cemetery monuments, headstones and grave site memorials online scared me at first. I was used to sitting at kitchen tables and listening to family stories.  But after so many beautiful stories with so many families all over the country, I am convinced that this is where I need to be.

I am past-president of the Tennessee Monuments Builders Association, 2001-2003. I am a member of Monument Builders of North America, Better Business Bureau and Chamber of Commerce.  I am a graduate of the Elberton Granite Association Advance Design class and an instructor at the 2002 and 2005 EGA.

Me or my wife, Missy, feel it is important that we talk to each client.  One of us will be glad to help you with the special memorial design you are searching to find.  

-Paul West

Paul and Missy West Memorials Owners
West Memorials building
Faber
Faber

Spartan
Spartan

Anderson
Anderson

Jucas
Jucas

Galardi
Galardi

Dekko
Dekko

Kottwitz
Kottwitz

Paschen
Paschen

Lang
Lang

Miller
Miller

Gill
Gill

Gorham
Gorham

Saucier
Saucier

Brown
Brown

Thomas
Thomas

Ferguson
Ferguson

Marino
Marino

Smith
Smith

Cullom
Cullom

Gabbard
Gabbard

Owen
Owen

Nored
Nored

Griesemer
Griesemer

Mozo
Mozo

Panaia
Panaia

Ruiz
Ruiz

Dahlin
Dahlin

Tunnell
Tunnell

Kim
Kim

Gould
Gould

Bittner
Bittner

Bothun
Bothun

Greer
Greer

Corporon
Corporon

Bernier
Bernier

Watkins
Watkins

Baillargeon
Baillargeon

Buckner
Buckner

Brusco
Brusco

Star City
Star City

Weed
Weed

Boyer
Boyer

Cloyd
Cloyd

Testimonials

Hear what our clients have to say.

"WE LOVE OUR MONUMENT!
IT'S BETTER THAN
WE COULD'VE IMAGINED!"

THANKS again for helping me get 2 special tombstones.

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- Castle TestimonialMay 27, 2016

Thanks for a wonderful experience as we remember our mom.

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- Burke TestimonialMay 12, 2016

Our family appreciates the great service.

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- Gordon TestimonialMay 3, 2016

FAQ

You have questions about West Memorials, we have answers.

We are glad to answer any question you may have about West Memorials

We have placed memorials in every state in the U.S. and several different countries.  Our gallery and studio is in Memphis, TN

We are better at designing unique monuments than your local company and you will find we will surpass them in customer service as well.

I, also, try to buy locally but only if it is my best choice.  Many local companies carry ordinary stock gravestones and grave markers but most don’t do much creative or custom cemetery art.  Custom stone work is the focal point of our business so we have an experienced design team, graphic artists, the best sculptors and state of the art equipment.

It is illegal and untrue.  Westmemorials.com and our designs are protected by copyright laws.  The pictures you are seeing are the result of discussions and drawings between us and our clients.  We have used the same sculptor for over 10 years as his skill and expertise is superior to others.  We pour our hearts into our designs.  We take great pride in making each memorial unique in some way.  This kind of love can’t be copied.  There is a reason our memorials look better than you have seen anywhere else.

We make our memorials and headstones one at a time so we can make any design in different sizes, different granite colors or with any changes you would like.  Design decisions will affect price, so it is difficult to list prices online.  We have granite monuments to fit any cost range.  Please email or call us and we will be glad to provide pricing estimates so we can get you started in a direction to find the most beautiful memorial design that best fits your needs.

No. The local tombstone company is not making the memorial in your city and, generally, only letters memorials at their location.  Granite headstones are being manufactured elsewhere and are shipped to the local company.  Shipping has been factored into their pricing.  Since we are in Memphis the “distribution center of the world” and home of FedEx, we get amazing shipping rates.  Most of the time you will pay less in shipping from us than you do from the local company.

Traditional shape granite monuments will normally ship in 6-8 weeks.  Unique, hand carved, custom memorials can take 4-6 months.  We are constantly striving for the shortest time possible.

No.  If they tell you this they are breaking the law.  You may purchase your grave memorial or grave marker from the company of your choice.

We will take care of everything.  We will make sure the cemetery allows what we are making for you and find an installer to place the memorial.  We do this at no charge as a courtesy for our clients and allow you to pay the installer directly.  Be wary of a company that gives you the task of finding an installer, this is not your job.

We are responsible for the stone until it is delivered.  On the rare occasion that a stone is broken, we will handle all paperwork with the trucking company.  We will either repair or replace the stone.

No, No, No.  All companies you see online are not the same.  We are memorialists. 

Decades of work, study, experience and desire results in the company you find in West Memorials.  We are memorialists that use the internet to offer our talents and artistry to anyone, anywhere that needs our expertise.  We are not a company that “was trying to think of something that they could sell online”, or a company that “was trying to make some extra money” as I’ve been told by other companies selling online.  We are a memorial company that uses the internet to show you that you don’t have to settle for ordinary memorial art or for being overcharged.

This is great news!  The designs you are seeing are what other people wanted and not necessarily want you want.  With our website we are trying to show you that you do not have to settle for common gravestones.  Everyone deserves something unique to them and the designs shown on our site are there to inspire and culminate ideas.  If you see the exact memorial you want on our site then that is awesome but we also encourage questions.  This is an important decision and we are the people that can help you the best.

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  • 4/18/2016

    Being a memorialist, I am reminded daily how fast it can all be taken away or how long being taken away can last. Live today, accumulate stories, not things, and for God's sake make a major difference in at least one person's life.

  • 4/12/2016

    Broad Avenue, home to West Memorials, will be open for the Spring Art Walk! It's a great night out for friends and family, and plenty of art to buy!

  • 4/8/2016

    On April 1, 2016, West Memorials' Art Gallery hosted the Carpenter Art Garden Show, here are some photos of the event.

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