West Memorials: Not your average monument company

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a monument artist, you always remember your first design. 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 company 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 Memorials 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 and we became the primary monument artists.

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.

Missy and I are 2017 Monument Builders of North America Designers of the Year.  We also won awards for Best Flat Marker Design 2017, Best Large Monument Design 2017, Best Small Monument Design 2017 and Best Laser Etched Design 2017.  I am past-president of the Tennessee Monuments Builders Association, 2001-2003. I am a member of Monument Builders of North America, Memphis Chamber of Commerce and Germantown 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 monument artists 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

  • 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."

  • JENNYFER HARDIN
    JENNYFER HARDIN
    Love Markers

    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. Jennyfer began as our Administrative Assitant but now leads Love Markers, the marker divison of West Memorials. She enjoys using her well rounded knowledge of the industry to assist families in creating beautiful memorials.

  • RUSSELL LOWERY
    RUSSELL LOWERY
    Production & Installation

    since July 2017

    With a history of carpentry and customer service, Russell excels with the physical work of making and installing a memorial. Meeting the families and installing the monuments is his favorite part of the position. 

  • CHRISTY GOODWIN
    CHRISTY GOODWIN
    Business Operations

    since December 2017

    Because of her background in education, Christy is a people person that is easy to talk to and is always willing to help. Her position in Business Operations includes, coordinating with cemeteries and families to ensure every component is met. Although she works behind the scenes, Christy writes contracts, schedules installations and pays bills which are all critical details that help our whole process run smoothly. 

  • TAM TRAN
    TAM TRAN
    Graphic Designer

    since April 2018

    Specializing in graphic design, photography, and illustration, Tam now adds memorial design to her set of skills. She enjoys seeing the designs transform into tangible works of art that were once just an idea. The most fulfilling part of the job to her is that it brings joy and closure to families that have loved and lost.