For 60 years, Osceola Memory Gardens has been providing premier services to families throughout our
area. Osceola Memory Gardens owns and operates their own funeral homes (chapels), cemeteries and
have the only – onsite working crematory in Osceola County. Whatever the wishes of your loved ones
are, they will be met through Osceola Memory Gardens. The majority of Osceola’s residents are familiar
with Osceola Memory Gardens but remain unaware of the history behind them. Osceola Woman
Magazine recently had the privilege of sitting down with General Manager Terry Roberts and learned
many interesting and unique facts about how they have grown to where they are today.
In June of 1958, Mr. Horace Phipps began Osceola Memory Gardens. At this time, it consisted of a 12-
acre cemetery. In 1983, the Monument Dealers of Florida entered a lawsuit against private cemeteries,
stating they had to be able to come in and install markers. Mr. Phipps said that if he had to allow
individuals into his private cemetery he was getting out of business. He then sold to Robert Russell. In
1984, 13 additional acres were purchased on the other side of Boggy Creek Road, which began being
developed for burials in 1988. In 2002 they purchased 10 acres from Walter Medlin. The funeral home in
St. Cloud opened in 1999 and was followed by Pleasant Hill Road in 2011. The crematory was opened in
Osceola Memory Gardens prides themselves in the level of quality and care and personal attention to
each of their families need. The staff truly cares about their “families” and it’s their number 1 priority, to
assist in all the customers wishes. This is an extremely difficult time in people’s lives and Osceola
Memory Gardens strives to make it as pleasant as possible. As Mr. Roberts said, “everyone offers the
same product, but our service and commitment, to our customers, is unparalleled and is what sets us
apart from the rest.”. Mr. Roberts began working at Osceola Memory Gardens in 1974. This July he will
have been there for 44 years. Horace Phipps (who is Mr. Roberts father-in-law) hired him to do
maintenance work and dig graves. When Mr. Phipps sold the business, the new owners offered Mr.
Roberts a management position. In 1996 he bought in as a partner.
In their first full year in operation Osceola Memory Gardens did 28 burials and had two employees.
When Mr. Roberts began working there in 1974 they had four employees. Today, they have 45
employees and in 2017 they handled a total of 421 burials, inurnments and entombments. The funeral
home is reachable 24/7 by phone. With 10 acres remaining undeveloped they still have lots of
livelihood remaining and room for even more expansion. The Osceola News Gazette has awarded them
with the Reader’s Choice Award for three years in a row recognizing them for their exceptional
commitment to the families they work with.
Osceola Memory Gardens provides services to all religions and cultures. They also offer the option to
pre-plan your funeral. By doing so you can establish a plan, ensure your wishes are known, and alleviate
your family from having to make those decisions. If you choose this option, you can either
pay today or pick your plan and pay payments monthly. By pre-planning your services with them
you also lock in today’s price.
Osceola County is lucky to have Osceola Memory Gardens to provide first class comfort to all families in
their time of need. They have experienced tremendous growth in their first 60 years, the next 60 years
are sure to bring even more!
For more information on Osceola Memory Garden’s services you may call 407-847-2494 or visit