About Us

Chapel Memorial Funeral Home was established in 1961 by the late James E. “Buddy” Jones. We are a family owned and operated African American funeral home that has been serving Waterbury, Danbury and all surrounding areas of Connecticut since 1961. Valerie Jones Perkins, the daughter of the late founder, Mr. James Jones Sr., is the owner, licensed funeral director/embalmer and notary public. Valerie, along with her staff, maintains a high level professionalism and empathy while aiding and accommodating the needs of your family.

As one of the premier African American funeral homes in the Waterbury area, individualized attention is given to each person who comes to Chapel Memorial. We pride ourselves on the affable and courteous way that we serve our families during the entire funeral planning and after care services for their loved one. We specialize in a variety of services including traditional, non-traditional and cremation services for all types of religious denominations.

This family owned and operated, funeral home offers compassion, understanding, and sympathy while still retaining a high level of professionalism. Each service is customized to meet the needs of the individual. Valerie Jones-Perkins and her staff will guide you through the entire process with understanding and concern, as we do understand that this is one of life’s most difficult times, we will ensure that every detail is met with dignity. Valerie Jones-Perkins, along with her staff, is always available to assist.

Chapel Memorial Staff:

  • Valerie Jones-Perkins (Owner / Funeral Director / Embalmer)
  • Mr. Lillard R. Lewis Sr. (Licensed Funeral Director / Embalmer)
  • Mrs. Annette Hadley
  • Mr. Jeffrey Hunter Sr.
  • Mr. Rodney Davis
  • Mr. Vinny Ferguson
  • Mr. James Jackson
  • Mr. Bernice Eason
  • Elsie Hofler (Administration Assistant)
  • Latoya Bond
  • Yolanda Diaz
  • Gino Grant
  • Calvin Dunbar