Neece-Airsman-Hires Waverly

349 East Tanner Street
Waverly, Illinois  62692
Phone:  (217) 435-2121
Fax:  (217) 435-2121

The Neece Funeral Home in Waverly was founded in the early 1900's, by W. H. Neece.  He operated locations in both Waverly and Franklin, Illinois.  The business continued under the direction of his son. Wm. H Neece, Jr., and his wife, Betty.  In 1975, the Neeces purchased Stults Funeral Home in Palmyra.  The Neece Family sold its funeral homes to Airsman-Hires in 1980.


Randy Hires

Randy graduated from Carrollton High School with the Class of 1981.  After earning his degree in Photographic Technology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Randy spent several years living and working in Texas.  He decided his work in Texas wasn't fulfilling, and returned to Carrollton, where his father, Jess Hires, told him he could work around the funeral home until he figured out what it was he wanted to do with his life.  Two years later Randy earned his Funeral Director's license from SIU-C and has never looked back.

Randy spent 25 years serving the communities of Pittsfield and Griggsville.  In 2011, Randy moved east to serve the families of Waverly, Palmyra, and the surrounding communities.  Randy is involved in the Masonic Lodge, volunteers with the Waverly and Franklin Lions Clubs, and enjoyes electronics, motorcycles, music, and hockey.  He is an accomplished drummer.

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Howard May

Howard owns a long history in funeral service.  Prior to joining the Airsman-Hires family in 1995, Howard owned and operated May Funeral Home with locations in St. Elmo and Pocahontas, Illinois.  In addition, he owned Howard's Menswear and Heritage Home Nursing Home, both in St. Elmo.  An Indiana native, Howard attended Indiana University and graduated from Indiana College of Mortuary Science in Indianapolis.  He has been active in the National Funeral Director's Association and Illinois Funeral Director's Association, and was involved in the founding of the former Illinois Funeral Director's Museum.  He has been involved in the Waverly and Palmyra communities through memberships in Masonic Lodge #118, A.F. & A.M., Wilbur Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star; and the Lions Club.  Howard is an avid collector of antiques, and enjoys reading, traveling, and visiting with friends.  He recently enjoyed a successful dove hunt in South America.