Release Date: August 4, 2021

Contact: Starlyn Aurit | Marketing Director
Phone: (512) 914 – 3397

Harrell Funeral Home Acquires Putnam Funeral Home Locations

Acquisition brings more cremation and aftercare services to the Highland Lakes Community.

AUSTIN, TX – Harrell Funeral Home, the largest family-owned funeral home in Central Texas, has acquired Putnam Funeral Home & Crematory in Kingsland and Bertram, and Cremation Advocates by Putnam in Marble Falls. The official announcement of the new ownership will be made at two ribbon cutting ceremonies. The first ribbon-cutting will take place at Putnam Kingsland location, August 12th at 1:00 p.m. with the Kingsland Chamber of Commerce and the Burnet Chamber of Commerce. The second ceremony will be held at the Cremation Advocates location in Marble Falls, August 12th at 4:30 p.m. in conjunction with the Marble Falls Chamber of Commerce. Putnam chose Harrell to preserve and build upon his legacy of service to the community for generations to come. After some time of conversation about the acquisition, the official transfer of ownership occurred on July 15, 2021.

“The decision to retire required that I find a successor with a love for people and a passion for service,” said Chris Putnam, former owner of Putnam Funeral Home. “I hand-selected Jason Harrell and Harrell Funeral Home to continue Putnam as an independent family-owned funeral organization. I have known Jason and his family for over twenty-five years, and I’m fully confident in Harrell’s expertise and ability to meet the future Putnam family’s funeral needs. Being family-owned, Harrell is committed to continuing traditions and investing in relationships within our community. Jessamyn and I want to thank the community for your trust in the Putnam brand over the years. We truly know the feeling of being loved and supported.”

“My father opened Harrell Funeral Home 37 years ago with the vision of coming along beside friends and helping them when they needed someone the most,” said Jason Harrell, owner of Harrell Funeral Homes. “We still operate today under this vision. Our tagline is ‘Where love lives on’ because we want love to empower us as we carry each other’s troubles and give our hearts to those whose hearts are breaking. We are here to serve our family’s needs above our own and comfort and love families as they move through the grieving process. Our customers are the most important part of our business, and I want you to know we will work wholeheartedly to guarantee your complete satisfaction through the entire experience.”

Harrell has not only kept pace with the expanding growth in their local community, but they are also leading as a frontrunner in the rapidly changing market. Harrell recently announced new partnerships with Parting Stones and Eternevia to bring families alternatives to traditional ashes when choosing cremation. They are the only funeral home in the Austin area transforming cremated remains into forms that are easy to live with and connect to and celebrate. Harrell is excited to personalize each family’s experience and provide solutions that are catalysts to helping families grieve in community and not alone.

“When a loved one passes, it is hard to see the light among the shadows,” said Jason. “Our team will help your family before, during the service, and after the funeral. We walk beside you every step and are excited to bring Highland Lake family’s new resources at Putnam, like professional help to close out estate matters and notifications after a death, online grief resources, and help to pre-arranging funeral wishes in advance.”

Putnam Funeral Home & Crematory and Cremation Advocates will continue to operate under the same name. Third-generation Funeral Director and longtime employee Eli Heatley will remain on staff, along with Toni Stewart and Neil Parker who were recently hired. In addition, Jayson Lynch, with 20+ years of funeral experience, will be joining the Putnam team, and an additional off-site team will support the location as well. Harrell Funeral Home looks forward to bringing the Highland Lakes family’s more cremation and burial services and getting to know the community.

About Harrell Funeral Home

Harrell Funeral Home is the largest family-owned funeral home with an excellent reputation in Central Texas, the fastest-growing metropolitan area in Texas. In 2019-2020, Johnson Consulting Group recognized Harrell Funeral Home as #1 in providing excellent customer service among funeral homes serving 500+ families in the United States. Harrell is currently nominated to receive the “Best of the Best” award in Austin for the Funeral Home category. Additionally, Harrell is among the top 2% of funeral homes invited to be a Selected Independent Funeral Home and recognized for high-quality service, fair pricing, broad portfolio, and strong reputation. In 2020 they served over 600 families in Texas between their three locations in Austin, Kyle, and Dripping Springs. The Harrell brand also encompasses Angel Funeral Home and ATX Cremation, an online cremation business. To learn more about Harrell visit

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