Foster Heath and Bill Schichtel are pleased to announce the opening of The Tribute Center at Heath Funeral Chapel. This new addition will provide families a place to gather and have a fully catered reception, luncheon or more formal sit-down dinner at the facility. The Tribute Center includes a functional catering kitchen for meal services.
The Tribute Center features two reception rooms, The Heath Room for seating up to 130 guests, and the Purcell Room for seating up to 40 guests. The Heath room features state of the art audio and video equipment for viewing video tributes on a 100” screen.
In addition this site will house a new crematory as well. This new option will allow families that want to witness or participate in the actual cremation to do so in a comfortable but private area. With the introduction of a new crematory, the old one will now be used for pet cremations.
Heath Funeral Chapel was first opened by Doris and Foster Heath on November 21, 1959. The business was in a frame building, which was built around 1907. It faced East Lime Street. The original building is still in use with some modifications.
In 1971 the concrete block building, an air conditioned chapel was attached to the frame building. This building included viewing rooms and a modern embalming room. Since there was not a Crematory in Polk or Hillsborough County, they also built a Crematory there within the facility. In 1990 Bill Schichtel, the Heath’s son-in-law, joined them, and with his business background, we were able to make further progress. In 1994, they added another large viewing room, a dressing room and a ladies restroom.
With the volume of Funeral Services continuing to increase Heath’s was considering opening another branch with a tribute center in it. After much thought and council with their architect, the current location was selected.
Congratulations to Heath Funeral Chapel on opening a beautiful new building and a special thanks to Mayor Buddy Fletcher for officiating, to Paul Norris for representing the Chamber Board, and to various other city and county officials for coming and supporting Heath’s.