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Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home History

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   The Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home originated before the turn of the twentieth century. The undertaking establishment and accompanying livery stable were owned and operated by Mr. Abraham. The horse drawn hearse and horses were housed in the livery. At that time embalming and funerals were usually held in the home of the deceased. 

         Later Mr. Abraham became partners with Mr. William Ulrich in the funeral business which was known as Abraham and Ulrich Undertaking. After Mr. Abraham’s death, Mr. Ulrich formed the Ulrich and Sibbett Undertaking and Coal Co. with local mechanic Walter Sibbett.  A short time thereafter, Donald Ulrich, who was a Moores Hill school teacher and coach, entered this partnership.  In 1943, Donald Ulrich opened what is the present funeral home in Dillsboro on Lenover Street. Walter Sibbett stayed at Moores Hill to operate the business there.  This partnership was Ulrich and Sibbett Undertaking and Coal Co. with locations in both Moores Hill and Dillsboro.

 In 1945 Walter and his wife Anna Sibbett purchased what is the present day funeral home. The house was built in 1908 as the personal residence of Mr. French, who was President of Moores Hill College at that time. Mr. Sibbett began an extensive restoration of the home to its original grandeur. Before the restoration was completed, Mr. Sibbett received word that Mr. French had passed away in California. It was Mr. French’s wish to have his funeral held in the residence he had built. Many residents of Moores Hill came together to help the Sibbetts prepare the new funeral home for this first funeral.

         In 1971 Ulrich and Sibbett Funeral Homes separated and the Moores Hill Funeral Home became Sibbett Funeral Home. The firm was operated by Walter and Anna Sibbett, with the help of Walter’s sister Mabel until Walter’s death in 1983. At that time the funeral business was purchased by Charles and Janet Moore who owned and operated the Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home in neighboring Milan. Shortly after this, the name was changed to Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home and it continues to serve Moores Hill and the surrounding area today. 

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