A. L. Beal Funeral Home was founded in 1913 by Albert Lee Beal. Mr. Beal remodeled the Beal establishment at 2726 Lucas Avenue into one of the largest and most modern funeral homes, which housed all Cadillac rolling stock, a first in funeral services. Our founder the late Albert Lee Beal died in 1929 and left his business to his daughter, Mrs. Birdie Beal Thompson Anderson. Birdie Beal as she was affectionately called, continued her fathers legacy by introducing innovative services designed to financially assist the families of St. Louis bury there loved ones. One such innovation was the organization of the Birdie Beal Burial Plan in 1955 which was designed to assist familes with the cost of funeral service for there loved ones. In 1965 A. L. Beal Funeral Home relocated to 1150 North Kingshighway. With such an increase of African Americans moving to North St. Louis, A. L. Beal opened a new northwest chapel at 4746 West Florissant Avenue featuring a newly-built chapel with seating capacity for over 250 people.
Birdie Beal along with her daughter Vora Thompson Wilson, who joined Beal in 1946 also promoted an annual Civic Project of Presenting 50 children $5.00 savings banks books to encourage children to save. Former Governor Christopher “Kit” Bond appointed her to the Missouri State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors in 1973 where she served until 1978. Vora had the distinction of being the first black female to be appointed to the Missouri State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors.
Vora Thompson Wilson worked with the greatest dedication until her death in 1985. After Vora Thompson Wilson’s passing, the business was owned and managed by her mother Birdie Beal Anderson and her son Charles S. Wilson, Jr. After the passing of Mrs, Birdie Beal Thompson Anderson, Beal was owned and operated by her grandson Mr. Charles S. Wilson, Jr.until his death in 1998. Prior to his passing, Mr. Wilson had agreed to sale the A. L. Beal Undertaking Co. to Charles B. Henderson, Sr., a veteran in the funeral industry since 1992. Mr. Wilson’s sister Carol Wilson consumated the sale to Henderson in April 2000. Now with Mr. Michael D. Murray in full leadership of the company now the saying of Mr. Charles Wilson rings in his ears “A.L. Beal is on the Move.”
The A. L. Beal Funeral Home has been serving the St. Louis area with compassion and respect since 1913. Our deep roots in the community are a source of pride, as we grow side by side with the families we serve.
We hope you will consider us your source for compassionate care and exemplary service. Our pledge is to help you honor your loved one in a meaningful way, offering thoughtful guidance and personal attention to every detail.
THANK YOU ST. LOUIS FOR ALLOWING US TO SERVE YOU FOR 102 YEARS! WITH GODS HELP WE WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE YOU WITH COMPASSION, EMPATHY, AND QUALITY SERVICE AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE. CHOOSE US ARE YOUR FUNERAL HOME.