RVA News has a look at Billups Funeral Home, the oldest in Richmond:
In 1850, [Lafayette Washington Billups] opened L.W. Billups & Son Undertakers at 1506 E. Main Street. “In those days, everybody’s casket was wood,” Barden said. Billups had previous carpentry experience as a cabinet maker while living in Rosslyn, Virginia before moving south. “Little by little, he got out of the carpentry business and went into the funeral business only,” Barden said.
Billups died in 1893, transferring the business to his son, John. “By then [the business] was getting real busy,” Barden said. “So he decided to come up on The Hill.” John Billups reopened the business in Church Hill at 2500 E. Marshall Street in 1925, where it remains.