In 1939 the business moved premises for a second time to Hall Street, Tipton. Throughout the Second World War Arthur’s eldest son, Sidney, kept the business running whilst his younger son, Ernest, did service in India with the RAF. Ernest’s wife, Nancy, helped out driving the funeral limousine which was a huge Daimler although at just 5ft 1 inch tall she could barely see over the steering wheel!
Sid and Ernie ran the business together during the late 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s and many of Tipton’s elder residents remember both men fondly from this time. Sid was a particular character; a proper ‘jolly undertaker’. Being surrounded by death certainly made him live life to the full and he enjoyed dancing, card games, dog racing, drinking, and lots of attention from the ladies despite a long and happy marriage to wife, Kath. Ernie was much more sensible and kept the business running smoothly whilst Sid enjoyed the high-life.
The current managing director, Mick Walters (son of Ernie), joined the business on January 1st 1962, aged 15. He and his wife, Christine, became partners in the business in 1979, just a year before Sid passed away. Ernie continued to work alongside his son during most of the 1980’s. He worked up until three days before his death in August 1987.