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.

Missy and I 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

When the old US Post Office in the Binghampton area became available, we purchased it and moved all our monument company and shop under one roof. We are in the center of the city, located at 2481 Broad Avenue in Memphis, TN. Our closest cross streets are at Sam Cooper Blvd. and Hollywood. We enjoy being close to Overton Park, which is home to the Memphis Zoo, Brooks Museum of Art and the Memphis College of Art.

OUR STAFF

  • TYRONE PALMER
    TYRONE PALMER
    Production and Installation

    since 2007

    He is a huge part of the production process, putting the finishing touches on every stone
    and installing the memorials. He is a hard worker that enjoys completing orders for each
    and every customer. If we gave out awards, he'd be the winner of "Most Loved By Clients."

     

  • LINDSEY HENSLEY
    LINDSEY HENSLEY
    Creative Operations Director

    since February 2010

    With experience in many different genres of the graphic design world, Lindsey now oversees
    everything from the memorial designs to the production schedule. She thoroughly enjoys
    being a part of each order from beginning to end. "I love being able to design a piece of art
    that celebrates someone's life in a unique and timeless way."
    Lindsey also helps administer our stunning art gallery.

     

  • JENNYFER HARDIN
    JENNYFER HARDIN
    Administrative Assistant

    since March 2015

    Originally from Cartagena, Colombia, and fluent in Spanish, she came to us with
    a background in the funeral business and administrative work. Here, Jennyfer
    is responsible for accounts receivable, as well as organizing all the installations,
    receiving design approvals from cemeteries and writing contracts.

     

     

  • LAUREN CASEY
    LAUREN CASEY
    Graphic Designer

    Since September 2015

    Receiving a bachelor's degree in graphic design from Middle Tennessee State University
    gave her strong print design skills. Now she has been able to expand her creativity
    by learning about memorial design at West Memorials. While she is not designing
    memorials, she uses her artistry to make and sell custom prints for her
    Etsy shop online in her spare time.