Brothers Matthew Butts and Michael Butts are the third generation of the Butts family running Fenton Memorials, which has been in Fenton since 1946.

Brothers Matthew Butts and Michael Butts are the third generation of the Butts family running Fenton Memorials, which has been in Fenton since 1946.

Fenton Memorials has had a long history in the tri-county area, carving in stone the legacies of thousands of families since the company was first founded as Imperial Marble and Granite Works in 1882.

 The Butts family has owned the business since 1946 and now is in its third generation of family ownership. Since the death of their father, Bobby Butts, in 2013, brothers Matthew Butts and Michael Butts have taken the reigns of the family business. A sister, Barbara (Butts) Bisbee, handles many managerial duties.

 They are proud of their strong roots in Fenton. “Our whole family was raised here and graduated from Fenton schools,” said Matthew.

 While the company’s commitment to quality and value hasn’t wavered, changes in the monument industry have created a new niche for creativity and innovation. Many of these new ideas can be seen at Fenton Memorials’ new showroom at their business location at 3236 Owen Rd., behind Taco Bell.

 “People are looking for customization and personalization, which we can provide with laser-etching, images and photos,” said Matthew. “We can design the stone with the family, and create an enduring legacy for their loved one.”

 Behind Fenton Memorials, another division, Fenton Precast, makes burial vaults, mausoleum crypts and niches from concrete, employing 10 people. “We ship our products all over the Midwest,” said Matthew.

 In addition to working with local families in designing lasting monuments, Fenton Memorials works with cemeteries, including Oakwood Cemetery, Crestwood, Tyrone Memory Gardens, to name a few. “We also work with cemeteries all over the state,” said Matthew. “To me, it’s all about my family serving other families.”

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