Fayetteville funeral home operators announce Benton County acquisition

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Scott and Paula Berna have purchased Stockdale-Moody Funeral Services in Rogers.

Financial terms were not disclosed in a news release distributed Friday (April 17). The Bernas own two funeral homes in Fayetteville — Nelson-Berna Funeral Home, acquired in 2002, and Moore’s Chapel, purchased in 2010.

Stockdale-Moody Funeral Services owners Elvis and Jan Moody are retiring, according to the release.

“Jan and I are excited the business will continue with local ownership and operation in the tradition of family-oriented service we’ve created at Stockdale-Moody,” Moody said.

A spokesman for the company said the name Stockdale-Moody will stay the same for now,  but will likely change to Nelson-Berna in the future.

Scott Berna said he and his family along with their staff are looking forward to the opportunity to serve families in the region. The Berna’s son Colby Berna is a funeral director/embalmer for the family’s funeral homes.

Scott and Paula Berna

“Paula and I are very familiar with the Rogers and Bentonville area,” Berna said. The Bernas lived in Rogers 20 years ago, according to the release. “We care very deeply about this community. We believe every family in Northwest Arkansas deserves to be treated with integrity and sincerity.”

Stockdale Funeral Services was founded in 2001 by the Stockdale and Moody families. Elvis and Jan Moody became sole owners in 2010, and the business became known as Stockdale-Moody Funeral Services.

Nelson-Berna Funeral home was originally Nelson’s Funeral Home, founded in the 1930s. Moore’s Chapel is a historic landmark in Northwest Arkansas and has been providing funeral planning and services since 1889.

The Bernas also own Fairview Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Fayetteville, which was established in 1925.

The Bernas also manage the cemetery at Pinnacle Memorial Gardens in Rogers. Hunt Ventures of Rogers developed and built the cemetery and accompanying 3,000-square-foot Hunt Chapel, which hosts a variety of weddings, receptions and other events. It opened in 2012.

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