Alfred “Zack” Straghn
Alfred Straghn, the founder of Straghn and Sons Funeral Home in Delray Beach has been in the funeral profession most of his life. He started running a funeral home business for a prominent black family when he was 21. At a very early age, he was the child who always buried the dead farm animals and created a funeral service and program for the other children to be participants. Straghn who runs the family business with his three sons had provided services for almost 10,000 people since being in the funeral business. The business has grown tremendously as one son serves as embalmer, one is the public relations manager, and the other son is the business manager. Alfred Straghn is a native of Palm Beach County and was born in Delray Beach. He attended Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Florida where he earned a bachelor’s degree. He is a very active member of several strong community organizations including the NAACP. Many adults in the community remember him as their Sunday school teacher, a position he has held for many, many years. Not one to taut his generosity, he is a philanthropist and has provided assistance to many when it was needed for professional service, clothing, tuition, food, utilities, etc. While he has received many honors, trophies, and plaques, a recent singular honor was bestowed upon him when he was recognized as a Distinguished Man of Excellence by the Delta Heritage Foundation.
Written by staff at the School District of Palm Beach County