A Family Business

Walter E. Sabbath, Jr. Funeral Service is a family-owned-operated funeral business that was started in August 1992. Mr. Sabbath and his wife, Tawana Ford Sabbath, are the sole proprietors of the business.

Initially Sabbath Funeral Service was located at 2530 N. Broad Street, sharing a facility with another funeral business. The Lord then blessed the Sabbaths with their own facility in April of 2003 at 7224 Ogontz Avenue.

The Sabbaths reside in East Oak Lane where they have lived since 1987. They are father and stepmother to three adults as well as grandparents and great grandparents.

As members of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, Walter and Tawana are born-again believers who know that their funeral business is also their joint ministry. They are committed and equipped to serve the whole person. Active with the congregation at Enon, they also attend weekly bible study and participate in the Couples Ministry.

Owners - Funeral Home

Experience to Count On

Both Walter and Tawana have been blessed with varied work and life experiences that have prepared them for their present vocation.

As a young man, Walter served with the United States Navy as a medical corpsman on submarines. That disciplined endeavor prepared him for work with the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office as an investigator trainee. Finally, he was a Pathologist Assistant for 22-years at an area hospital. He was then led by the Lord, to pursue mortuary science and attend school for funeral service.

Tawana is a social worker by training, with a Masters and Doctorate in her field. She has worked as a child and family therapist in mental health agencies and taught at undergraduate and graduate college levels. She is a regular presenter at social welfare agencies, conferences, and churches. She serves as Membership chairperson of the Alliance of Black Social Workers, Inc. and served as Secretary for the West Oak Lane Business Association.

Quality Care

The Sabbaths are committed to providing high quality service to individuals and families, whether they have suffered a loss or want to make pre-arrangements. Their motto is "We Celebrate Life." They operate out of a desire to meet people where they are and hear their needs. Over the years, families and individuals they have served have commended them for their professionalism and caring.

Putting your needs first, the Sabbaths stay with the pace of your family, don't rush, and are willing to hear and listen to you. What we do best is help you relax and to think about what makes sense to you in a time of need. After each service, they perform a three-week follow up with you to evaluate their business.

Contact us in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for a loving and caring funeral home that's right for your family.