Family owned and operated since 1976
|Denny, Helen and John Northcutt|
A desire to "serve every family as we would like to be served" motivated John D. (Denny) Northcutt
to establish Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals, Inc., a family owned business, in 1976. Denny began his
career in 1959 as an apprentice and became a licensed funeral director and embalmer in 1963. His son, John
Palmer Northcutt, who grew up in a funeral home environment, became a licensed embalmer and funeral director
in 1984. Helen Arnett Northcutt, Denny’s wife, John’s mother and a retired Morehead State University
professor, became a licensed funeral director in 1984.
Another goal of the Northcutts in 1976 was to provide a home-like atmosphere in a building designed
specifically for a funeral home. It was one of the first funeral homes in eastern Kentucky designed exclusively
for a funeral home. A one-floor design with easy access throughout the building, spacious visitation rooms,
and a church-like chapel with pews are still greatly appreciated.
Denny recalls, “From the time I served my apprenticeship until I built our facility, nearly all funeral
homes in this area operated out of a private home that had been converted into a funeral home. My goal was
to provide excellent service in a building with a home-like atmosphere designed specifically for a funeral home.
Through the years, the building has been renovated and antiques acquired to reflect the culture and diversity of
people in the region. In fact, some of our most cherished possessions are treasures of families presented as
gifts. An iron dog paperweight, a Purple Heart, and an antique memorial folder of an infant are some of the
items displayed in an oak cabinet that survived the 1920s flood.”
Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals is one of 15 Kentucky funeral homes selected by invitation to become a
member of the International Order of the Golden Rule.
The Northcutt family has always participated in community service organizations and been active in professional
associations. Denny currently serves on the State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors, a regulatory and
licensing agency. He is past president of the Eastern Kentucky Funeral Directors Association and is currently
serving as Vice President.
John, in addition to working at the funeral home, was reelected to his fourth term as Rowan County Coroner.
He is a member of the Morehead Masonic Lodge #654, and
also serves as Morehead Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief. John is past president of the KY Coroners
Association and the Optimist Club of Morehead. A member of the KY Mass Fatality Team, John assisted in several
retrieval efforts including Hurricane Katrina, Comair Flight 5191 in Lexington, and a private plane crash near
the Breathitt and Perry County line. John is married to Tina Johnson, a Rowan County Middle School Librarian
and church youth leader. John and Tina are the parents of three daughters: Victoria, Alexandria, and Natalie.
Helen is past president of the Morehead Woman’s Club and Rotary Club of Morehead. She currently serves as
President of the Board of Trustees at the Rowan County Public Library and is serving on the Kentucky State Fire
Commission. She is also actively involved in the funeral home.
Northcutt & Son’s excellent professional reputation is based on providing caring, individualized, and
affordable service with dignity and integrity before, during, and after the funeral service. People tell us
they feel confident knowing that nearly always one of the Northcutts will answer the telephone or doorbell.
People also appreciate knowing that, without exception, every family served has personal contact with the
In a period of time spanning six decades and over 85 years of combined experience, the Northcutt family
continues to dedicate their lives to serving families throughout the region. "Serving Others as We Would
Like to Be Served" continues to be the goal.