History & Staff
At George Funeral Home & Cremation Center, we have provided customizable memorial services for many years. Personalized service options allow you to honor your loved ones in a way that is both meaningful and healing. We hope to provide support and caring while delivering memorial services that celebrate life and help families find the peace they deserve.
If you’re seeking an honorable celebration of life in Aiken and the surrounding areas, we invite you to learn more about where we came from and the dedicated people behind our work.
A History of Caring
Mr. D.M. George
Son of D.M George
Original Location On Richland Avenue
George Funeral Home & Cremation Cnter in 1946
George Funeral Home was founded in 1920 by Mr. D.M. George. Mr. George worked for Powell Hardware, which was located on Laurens St. in downtown Aiken. In addition to hardware items, Powell's sold coffins and tombstones. Jason V. and Isaiah George, younger brothers of Colonel Hagood George and uncles, invented a process called artificial stone, a process of making gravestones out of cement. D.M. wanted to start a business dedicated to handling funeral services. Sometime around 1913-1914, he left his family to attend the Cincinnati School of Embalming. They purchased a house on Richland Ave. between Newberry and Laurens Streets. George Funeral Home was one of the first funeral homes in South Carolina (License #4).
D.M. had three sons; Albert, Edward and Otto. All three sons were involved in the business, but it was Albert, a decorated WW II veteran, who was the most active in the funeral home.
The Georges ran the only funeral home in Aiken County and in 1948, they outgrew the Richland Ave. location and purchased the current building at 211 Park Ave.
The home was owned by the Stevenson family prior to the war and was named Deodora. The house burned and was sold to Capt. and Mrs. Bell. The Bells rebuilt and operated a boarding house called The Bell House. The house was later sold to the Snow family and was part of the famous "Winter Colony" of Aiken. The Snow family was from the north, and they came to Aiken to escape the harsh, northern winters. The house is over 8,500 square feet and has three floors and a full basement. It contained two kitchens for servants to prepare meals for family and guests.
At the start of WW II, the Snow family allowed the house to be used by the Army as a lodge for traveling soldiers and government workers. Entertainers would visit to put on performances for the soldiers, and Jimmy Stewart did a watercolor drawing of one of the many beautiful sitting rooms, complete with fireplace and bookshelves. That picture still hangs in the funeral home today.
The funeral home is known for its many antiques. Back during the 1940s, many people traded furniture and valuables, instead of paying for a funeral. One of the lovely antiques acquired this way is an old grandfather clock, built in England sometime between 1750 and 1780. It still keeps perfect time today. Other noteworthy pieces are a large cabinet made in France during the 1850s and a beautiful European chandelier from the early 1900s.
The George family began a tradition of distributing calendars each year. The subject of their calendars was a family of five girls by the last name of Dionne. Each year the entire community could see how the girls had grown since the last year.
D.M. George died in 1949, and his son Albert ran the business until his death in 1976. The business was then entrusted to Joseph McClellan, a longtime employee of the George family. McClellan operated the funeral home as the sole shareholder. Upon McClellan's retirement, the business was sold to Ray and Alicia Visotski. In the summer of 2000, George Funeral Home became the first funeral home in Aiken to operate its own crematory.
In 2011, the funeral home was purchased by Foundation Partners, a leading group of funeral professionals who are only the fourth owners of this historic business. Their commitment to the Aiken community is evidenced by the massive restoration of the building and their dedication to the unparalleled service which is synonymous with the George name.
Notwithstanding the tangible expansions and changes of time, the commitment established by the George family in 1920 remains the same. Over ninety-seven years after it was founded, George Funeral Home is still caring for families and celebrating lives.
Our Staff’s Dedication to Respectful Care
A funeral, or memorial service, should provide family members and loved ones with the chance to reflect, remember, and celebrate a life well-lived. At George, our goal is to create exceptional services and experiences that fulfill the wishes of your loved one. Our experienced Funeral Directors provide guidance on the crucial first steps toward healing.
Allen Bateman is a native of Darlington, SC where he was a graduate of St. John’s High School. He graduated from the Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science, Atlanta, GA and earned his SC funeral directors and embalmers license in 1997. Allen is married to Aiken native, Katie (Poston) Bateman and they have a daughter, Olivia Grace and a son, Chase Allen. A huge, Clemson fan, and “Parrothead”, Allen is a member of Millbrook Baptist Church and the Rotary Club of Aiken. Allen enjoys outdoor sports, including riding his Harley, hunting and fishing.
After being the office manager/bookkeeper at another well-known Aiken business for 28 years, Vicky joined the staff at George Funeral Homes in the same capacity in 2004. She and her husband Jim have lived in Aiken since 1990 and attend church at Central Church of Christ, Evans, GA.
Cody Anderson is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. He was born, raised, and educated here in our community. He has been in the funeral business since early 2009 and is deeply involved in the community. He serves on various boards and committees.
Rev. K. Scott Ayers
Part-Time Funeral Assistant
Rev. K. Scott Ayers is a native South Carolinian who moved to Aiken in 2013. Scott served for several years as a Funeral Director full time. Scott moved from the Funeral Home to,the ministry where he served numerous churches throughout the state as Minister of Worship. He currently serves as Minister of Worship at Shiloh Baptist Church.. In addition Scott is also an Educator in the Aiken County School District where he works at New Ellenton Middle School, where he teaches 7th and 8th grade History. In April of 2015 Scott was awarded the Teacher,of the Year. Scott is married to the former Teri Ergle who is a native of Aiken County. They. Have three daughter, Brittany, Marlie & Rebecca. Scott considers it an honor to serve families at George Funeral Home.
Part-Time Funeral Assistant
Rose was born in raised in Aiken. She attended Aiken County Public Schools and is married to Greg Daugherty. They have 4 children and 5 grandchildren. Rose has worked at Leverett Shoes for the past 38 years. She is a long time member of Town Creek Baptist Church, where she plays on the softball and volleyball team. Rose loves serving others and truly enjoys assisting at George Funeral Home.
Part-Time Funeral Assistant
Ricky Poston is a native of Aiken. He is a 1974 graduate of Aiken High School. He is married to Karen Bell Poston. They have two children, Katie Poston Bateman and Charlie Poston, and one grandchild, Olivia Bateman. Ricky is a member of Millbrook Baptist Church where he enjoys singing in the choir and various church activities. He is attending Covington Theological Seminary, working on a degree in Theology. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.
Julian L. Thigpen
Part-Time Funeral Assistance
Julian L. Thigpen, was born in Manning, SC and raised in Sumter. He graduated from Edmonds High School. After high school, he joined the US Army and was Honorably Discharged from the US Army Reserve in 1966. In 1963, he was appointed as a SC State Trooper and retired as a First Sergeant after 30 years of service. In 1993, he was employed as a Special Deputy United States Marshal and retired from them after 15 years of service. Julian has been in the funeral business since 2009. He is married to Eunice Widener of New Ellenton since 1964 and they have two children, a son, Rodney and his wife Melanie May Thigpen and daughter, Julie White and her husband Steve. He has 4 grandchildren, Brandon, Coley, Cory and Kellie. Julian and his wife are members of Town Creek Baptist Church.
Mary Beth Lamey
Mary Beth joined George Funeral Home after working in the field of hospice and end of life care. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Master of Social Work degree and has provided counseling and support to grieving families in the Columbia area for over seventeen years. Mary Beth greatly enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, and traveling to new places.
Mr. Earle Moore
Earl was born and raised in Burlington, NJ. A Graduate of Burlington City High School, Earl served in the US Navy on the USS Independence for 4 years as a Air Traffic Controller. After leaving the Navy, he worked as a Burlington Township Police Officer for 30 years, retiring as a Police Lieutenant in 1994. After retiring from the police force, Earl worked for Page Funeral Home in Burlington for the next 20 years. Earl was a communicant of St. Mary Help of Christian Catholic Church