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Matthew C. Smith, owner of Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes and Crematory

My primary responsibility at Spicer-Mullikin is providing comfort, care and compassion to the families we serve.”

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Matthew C. Smith

Owner, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, Certified Crematory Operator

Matthew C. Smith is the owner of Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes and Crematory. While growing up in New Castle County, Matthew observed his father Harvey’s deep commitment to his family, business and community. When Harvey Smith wasn’t being a dad or leading a service at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes, he served as a volunteer firefighter in Odessa. So, at a very young age, Matthew learned how families and businesses thrive in tight-knit communities. He developed a deep appreciation for community involvement that inspired his dedication to volunteer service.

At 14, Matthew earned scouting’s highest honor, the Eagle Scout Award, which was testament to his love of service. He now supports the Delaware community in a number of ways. Currently, Matthew C. Smith serves as a member of the board for the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Delaware. He is a past president of the Delaware State Funeral Directors’ Association. He is also a charter member and past president of the Southern New Castle County Rotary Club. Matthew supports the Wounded Warrior Project, and is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution as well as the Delaware Anglers and Gunners Club.

After graduating from William Penn High School in New Castle and the Community College of Baltimore County in Catonsville where he earned a degree in mortuary science, Matthew C. Smith joined the family business. He now lives in Middletown with his wife, Sandi, and their three children. Matthew is very active and enjoys playing sports, hunting, fishing, trips to the Caribbean and, most of all, spending time with his family.

Past Ownership

Harvey Smith Jr

Harvey C. Smith, Jr.

Harvey C. Smith, Jr. began his career at Spicer-Mullikin in 1962 and was co-owner from 1987 until 2012. He is still active in the firm with his son Matthew, who is now the owner. Harvey was president of the Delaware State Funeral Directors’ Association and served on the Policy Board of the National Funeral Directors’ Association. He is a licensed funeral director in both Delaware and Maryland.

Harvey has been involved in many business, church and civic organizations. He served as president of the Delaware Better Business Bureau and was a member of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew in Wilmington, where he has held administrative positions. Harvey has served as a board member of the Salvation Army, Wilmington Rotary Club, Lincoln Club, and Boy Scouts of America.

He has been actively involved for many years as a volunteer for both the Odessa Fire Company and Wilmington Manor Fire Company, serving as deputy chief, president, board member and board chairman.

On a historic note, Harvey has traced his ancestry and found that his family came to this country in 1691, settling in Brandywine Hundred near the site of Smith’s Bridge – which was named after his family. Consequently, he is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Frank Mayer Jr

Frank Mayer, Jr.

Frank Mayer, former co-owner of Spicer-Mullikin, spent 55 years in the funeral service industry and worked for Spicer-Mullikin from 1964 until 2012.

His long-term commitment to community involvement is admirable, serving 50 years in both the Newark Rotary Club and the Knights of Columbus, and nearly 50 years as a member of St. Michael’s Council. Frank is also on the Board of Directors for the Newark Senior Center, The Independence School, and the Wilmington & Western Railroad. His favorite hobbies include sporting clay and fishing; he’s been with the Newark Anglers Association for 38 years.

Frank has one child and two grandchildren, and believes that “Attention to detail is the mark of a taut ship.” It was this philosophy – of exceptional quality of service and believing that every detail matters – that Frank offered to every family who came through Spicer-Mullikin’s doors. And that attention to detail is carried on today by each of the Spicer-Mullikin staff, especially his godson Matthew Smith, who is now the owner.


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