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“My Dream”
Written by Jason Newell in 1995 for his business plan loan

Since I was in high school, I have wanted to be a funeral director in my very own funeral home. The first step towards this dream was enrolling in a Mortuary Science Course at Rend Lake Community College. I took the class as a Junior while attending Waltonville High School in Waltonville, Illinois. The course reinforced my interest in the field. After graduating from high school in the spring of 1992, I enrolled in Mortuary Science at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. As part of my college training, I had the privilege of interning with Herr Funeral Home in Collinsville, Illinois

On August 5, 1994, I received my National Board Certificate from the Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards of the United States, Inc. In December of 1994, I was granted my degree of Associates in Applied Science and Funeral Service from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

As part of my Funeral Directing and Embalming license, I served as an apprentice for Huffman-Harker Funeral Home in Carbondale, Illinois and Crawshaw Funeral Home in Murphysboro, Illinois. After these apprenticeships as well as successful completion of case reports, I was granted the license from the Department of Professional Regulations in October 1995. The owners of both funeral homes have been gracious enough to allow me to continue working for them until I have the opportunity to start my own business.

Now that my training is complete, I strongly feel that I am ready to take the next step in accomplishing my goals and dreams. I also have a great deal of confidence in myself which has been reinforced by my peers and family.

I feel Mt. Vernon is the perfect place for me to open Newell Funeral Home…


In the spring of 2002 Jason Newell purchased Fry and Frick Funeral Home in Waltonville, Illinois. It is now known as Newell Funeral Home. Upon taking ownership it was renovated with a new covered porch, paint, furniture and carpet.

 In April of 2011 the Newell Funeral Home in Waltonville was destroyed by a storm that came through the community.  We rebuilt a Waltonville Newell Funeral Home and reopened it in April of 2012.

We pride ourselves in maintaining the traditional funeral services for families in Jefferson County, while introducing the latest innovative funeral technology to enhance the tribute of your loved one. We have always made business decisions with the families we serve in mind. We are proud of our Newell Funeral Home website.  On this website we offer online obituaries, online condolences, and online memorial tribute videos featuring photographs set to customized backdrops, text and music that are also featured during your loved one's funeral services if one chooses.  

In 2015, Newell Funeral Home was purchased by Hughey Funeral Home. Hughey Funeral Home is continuing a legacy of trust started by Jason and his family. While Jason has moved on with a career at the Community First Bank of the Heartland, we pride ourselves in taking care of those families who choose Newell Funeral Home.

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