In 1959 Elwood and Edna Manns purchased the property on Middlebelt Road, just south of Six Mile Road. In the fall of 1961, with business partner John Ferguson, Manns-Ferguson Funeral Home opened for business.
Prior to that achievement, Elwood, who was licensed in 1932 as a funeral director and embalmer, opened Manns Funeral Home in Detroit. Until his death in August of 1999, one week after his 94th birthday, Elwood and Edna continued responding to families' phone calls. Edna Manns died peacefully at home on January 3, 2012 at the age of 100.
Sons Dickson and Charles Manns have been actively running the business for decades. Charles is licensed for pre-planning arrangements. Dickson is the funeral home manager and has held a mortuary science license for over 40 years.
Now, a new generation of the Manns family has joined the business. Hilary Manns Gentry, daughter of Dickson and Joanne, states, “We believe our role is to provide information, support and guidance to help families make informed decisions about how to say farewell to a loved one and I am proud to follow in the footsteps of my grandpa and dad.”