"The B.B. Carmichael Funeral Home"
The B.B. Carmichael & Company was begun by Benjamin Brown Carmichael who was born in 1848
and died in 1922. He was the son of James M. Carmichael who settled in Henry County from Butts
County. He is shown on the census records for
1850 as living in Henry County. B.B. Carmichael was living on the farm but moved to McDonough in
1882 as the railroad was built through the area.
The B.B. Carmichael's newspaper advertisements tell of his business located on the
Square in McDonough on what was known as Old Brown's Corner. Here are some examples: From
the Henry County Times of the 1880's
McDonough, Ga., September 8, 1884--With my customers, I can testify that "Eddystone" compares
favorably with and leads many fertilizers sold in this market.
McDonough , Ga, July 27, 1888--All kinds of tombstones and monuments.
McDonough, Ga, December 2, 1888--Furniture--I keep constantly on hand an elegant line of furniture.
The undertaking department is full of all classes of coffins from the cheapest to the best.
Remember that I keep a nice "Hearse" which I send with a coffin when required, without charge, when
the price exceeds twenty dollars.
Mr. Carmichael had the first hearse in Henry County and he furnished two later on.
One was for the white people and the other was for the African Americans. Mr. Johnson was in
charge of the African American service.
In improvements on Square "B" (See Map) and Brown's Corner on August 27, 1897, B.B.
Carmichael and sons were placing their goods in there new building on the corner of the public square.
This lot, old Brown's Corner was the a stand belonging to Asa Brown the owner of the Brown House.
At the 100th anniversay of Henry County celebration Carmichael & Son Company
said make the Carmichael Headquarters your headquarters. He offered his public rest room facilites
on the second floor. The celebration was in 1921.
After the big train wreck of June 23, 1900 many of the victims were brought to this site for preparation
by Mr. Carmichael. Some of the others were sent to Bunn's on the NE side of the Square. (Where
the Movie Theater was built later.) As the victim's
were prepared many were placed around the square to wait for their families to have them picked up.
Mr. Carmichael's sons had grown up in his business ventures and they followed their father in the
different lines of his business. His son Harris continued in the lumber business and farming and started
as his last business a hosiery mill. His son James
was the one to continue the mercantile company. When he stopped this business he began making
furniture. D. T. Carmichael took over the undertaking part of the business. He moved the funeral
part to the Dr. Lewis Tye House in 1940 after he
acquired the home from Dr. Tye's descendants. The B.B. Carmichael and D.T. Carmichael Funeral
Directors began serving the community in 1888 and is still in operation today south of Stockbridge as
the Cannon-Cleveland Funeral Home
which is family to the Rainer-Carmichael Funeral Directors.
1. History of McDonough, 1908, Scip Speer.
2. History of Henry County, 1921, Mrs. Nolan.
3. Mother of Counties, 1971, Mrs. Rainer.
4. Henry Co. Sesquicentennial 1971.
The above map shows McDonough after 1823 and before 1898. The parcel "B" is the location
B.B. Carmichael Furniture and Undertakers Parlor. His establishment was on the southwest
corner of the square in McDonough. The company was at this location from 1888 to around
1940 when D.T.
Carmichael , one of B.B. Carmichael's sons, moved the funeral home to the Dr. Lewis Tye House
The above photograph is taken from the area of the Old Masonic Lodge looking east. The two story
building on the righthand side of the foreground is that of B.B. Carmichael & Sons. This is the location
Carmichael conducted his merchatile, furniture, and funeral business. The area today is now mostly a
parking lot for the City of McDonough. The above photo is taken circa 1897. This is the building
in 1900 after the Camp Creek train wreck Mr. Carmichael prepared a large portion of the victims and
after preparing the victims most were place around the square according to eyewitness accounts of
Mr. George C. Alexander who remember the incident well.