In 1866 Robert Henderson Kilgore, a 28 year old carpenter of Nickelville, Virginia moved from Pikeville, Kentucky to the bustling riverport town of Catlettsburg.

He opened a cabinet and furniture shop on notorious Front Street overlooking the mouth of the Big Sandy River. From time to time Kilgore was asked to fashion coffins for the early residents and in 1868 opened an Undertaking Establishment. His original shop burned in 1875.

Undaunted, Kilgore secured finances and began construction of his new funeral home on Panola Street. Completed in 1888, this home has served the residents of Boyd County for over 150 years and is the county's oldest continuously operated business.

In 1916, Henry W. Collier joined R.H. Kilgore, and the business became the Kilgore & Collier Funeral Home. Mr. Kilgore passed in 1932 followed by Mr.Collier in 1946. By then, the business was operated by Robert Hutchison, grandson of Mr. Kilgore and Nella Smith Collier, widow of Mr. Collier. Two young funeral directors working under the tutelage of Mr. Hutchison was Russell Compton and Allan Collier, the son of Henry and Nellie Collier. Russell and Allan were boyhood chums and would become excellent business partners.

In 1958 Mr. Hutchison, suddenly and unexpectedly passed away, leaving Compton and Collier to operate the business. Finding themselves shorthanded, they hired a young man born and raised in the Big Sandy's gate city, Mike Neal. Mike worked with Compton and Collier until 1978, when he opened the Neal Funeral Home on Center Street. After nearly a decade, Mike returned to his roots and purchased the Kilgore & Collier Funeral Home in the fall of 1987. Russell and Allan retired soon after. Also, in the fall of 1987, the second generation Neal entered the business with his father, Mike II.

Mike II and his wife Laura purchased both locations in 2010. Today, in the tradition handed down for a century and a half, Laura, along with her wonderful staff, contuinues to provide personal service with integrity and dignity.

Kilgore & Collier Funeral Home Inc.
Phone: (606) 739-5155
Fax: (606) 739-5168
2702 Panola St., Catlettsburg, KY 41129

Neal Funeral Home
Phone: (606) 739-6261
Fax: (606) 739-5168
2409 Center St., Catlettsburg, KY 41129

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