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“To the staff of George Funeral Home. Words cannot express the gratitude I have for you all. From the arrangements to the service you all were so on top of everything. Even the packet with all of the information that helped me with what I need to do afterwards. If I could change one thing I couldn’t think of anything that I would want to be different. Please accept this Huge Thank You from the bottom of my heart. It's hard to go through this process but you helped with making it a little easier. Scotty Kidd would be proud to know it was all done with dignity and respect. Thanks again.”

Sharon Kidd

“Allen, Just wanted to say thank you so much again for all your help and understanding through our truly sad time. My granny meant the world to me and cannot believe she is gone. I truly appreciate your helpfulness and kind words. It really helped a lot. Sincerely, Kristin Wicklund & family”

Emmie Wicklund

“Dear George Funeral Home, Thank you for all that you did to make Bonnie Watson Squires visitation and funeral so nice. Bonnie looked so nice. Everything was perfect. The family appreciates all you did. Thank you again so much.”

Randy & Kay Watson

“Allen, Thank you for allowing us to share in your most meaningful Memorial Service last week. The service was such a loving tribute to our loved ones. We pray God will continue to bless you you minister to others. Love Steve and Jane.”

Steve & Jane Ergle

“Dear Allen, Thank you again for all the support to me and my family. Everything was just beautiful. Sincerely, Isolde Di Pietro”

Isolde Di Pietro

“Dear Allen, I want to thank you for your kindness and for helping the family of Catherine Feldhaus at the time we were still numb. Thank you for having a viewing for our group - we were so pleased with the way she was shown. We all loved her so much was so glad that you were able to let us say goodbye. Not all of us were able to travel to Tampa, so we go to see her and say a final goodbye. Thank you, Feldhaus Daughters.”

Donna M. Gallier

“Dear Staff, I cannot begin to tell you how much your candlelight service meant to me. It was just wonderful after so many years of nothing at Aiken Memorial Gardens. Thank you again for all your hard work, I know it will grow in years to come. Sincerely, Jan Wade”

Janet Wade

“Allen and Greg, Thank you both for taking such care of my family during Gramma's funeral. Everyone kept talking about how beautiful it was. Ya'll both went above & beyond what was simply necessary, and I just would like ya'll to know how grateful I am. Save me some cookies, I'll stop by eventually. :)”

Kiri Dunlap

“Dear Allen, Just a short note to tell you how much you are appreciated by me and my family. As you recall, June 5th of this year my son, Jonathan, passed away. We called your funeral home and you came out to our house. The first time I met you, I felt so at ease. The way you handled yourself making sure I was ok. I felt like I knew you for years. When we couldn't get my pictures of Jon, I emailed you. You still kept calm and re-assured me everything was gonna be fine and it was. I was so amazed at the funeral home, how you took care of me, holding my onto my arm and taking me to see my son before the service. My poor husband had his hands full helping to corral Jon's children. Allen, you made a day that was so hard, so painful and you made it bearable. But then you went the extra step. You knew my son was a Gamecock fan. You had a Gamecock put on his vault. That was a wonderful surprise! You are an amazing person. I don't feel like thank you is enough. But, Thank You. I have been telling everyone how well you took care of us. We feel like you are now a port of the Crosby-Brock family. I love you, Allen. I pray God's Blessing on you and your family. Love, Jimsie Brock Crosby”

Jimsie Crosby

“ Message: I would like to say a very public "THANK YOU" to George's Funeral home for making a terrible heartbreaking loss, turn into a celebration of Life for my Dad. The little things are what made the experience worth everything to me and my family. From the Fig Newton's at the viewing, and the subtle surprises on the Video and finally down to the awesome paint job on my Dad's vault, Allen Bateman and the wonderful staff at George's funeral home went beyond anything we expected or asked for. I will always have a joyous reminder of my Dad's last Goodbye. Did I mention Allen Bateman is also a HUGE Clemson fan. My Dad was right, George Funeral Home is the ONLY real Funeral Home in Aiken. God Bless each of you! ”

Kim H. Parker

“Allen & Staff, Thank you for taking care of our father, George Ferko. We are greatfully indebted for all that you have done and provided our family. ”

Daniel Ferko

“Dear Allen, Thank you so much for all your help in arranging the memorial service for Ray Andersen. Everything was perfect from the wonderful wooden box for the cremains to your choice of ministers. His service was meaningful. It was a difficult experience for the family buy you made it very memorable.”

McDonough Family

“From the greeting we received at the front door, to the cookies to the end of the service, everyone was so kind and helpful. Thank you and may God bless and guide you. ”

Jacqueline Sczkowski

“Everyone was so pleasant to deal with.”

Charlie Dixon

“Everything was perfect. We used another funeral home for my mother and were not satisfied, so we were glad we chose you. The patience of all the staff members was great and everyone was very helpful. ”

Gwen Jackson

“Thank you for treating me with "Dignity". I felt that everyone involved cared and I can't think of anything that wasn't done to help me. As a WW II Ranger, I feel that I have made new friends to help me keep going”

George Sabine, Jr.

“You were always there. You kept in touch and kept me informed. You were so respectful and careful in taking mother from her room. Everyone was so kind and gracious. ”

Kathy Treadway

“Dear Ray, In looking back over the years since Pat's death, one of the clearest memories is your kindness in the months preceding and after his death. Your helpfulness in his preplanning saved me from even more pain when the time to bury him came. And your strong arm that held me up as we left the church kept me from falling apart. Thank you, ”

Deborah Brooks

“Dear Mr. Visotski & caregivers, I would like to sincerely thank you for the care that you gave to my daddy, Cecil J. McFerrin and to his family. This was a difficult time, but you helped us in so many thoughtful ways. My daddy was a great man and you allowed friends and loved ones to cherish that and to send him off to his creator in proper fashion. Thank you so much. ”

Holly McFerrin Huber

“What a great thing to do! What a generous touch! You made my whole day and I thank you so much. Thank you for giving me the chance to say goodbye to my master. Many kisses. Love,”


“Ray, I can’t tell you how much it meant to me and my family to have the opportunity to see Mike once more-to say good-bye-to tell him we love him "MP" You were all so nice and helpful to me and my family. I want to say thank you again for your support. May God bless each of you.”

Mrs. Smoot

“Dear George Funeral Home, Thank you for the great job you did with my grandma's funeral. All arrangements were done with great care and sympathy. It made my grieving process easier. Thanks Again.”


“Thank you for all you did. Ray, Paul, Vicky & Frances, God Bless you.”

J. A. Thompson

“Your kind and calm manner eased a difficult time.”

Barbara Harris

“I have only dealt with one funeral home and I was fortunate it was The Best. What more can I say? "Keep up the good work" ”

Robert Hauser

“Paul went above and beyond to help in my decisions!”

Viola J. Daily

“Sending our deepest thanks for the great service.”

Coyt D. Cochran & Aurora Cochran

“Thank you, it could not have been better. ”

Jud Brodie

“Thank you so much for your help over the past weeks. Bill and I were a complete novice about funerals, and you guided us through this ordeal with great professionalism and kindness. Thank you for making it as easy as possible. Sincerely, ”

Rachel and Bill Prikle

“Paul was very considerate and helpful.”

Deanne B. Fields

“So many thanks to you, not just for the wonderful way you handle mom’s arrangement, but for personally being a support to me.”

Mary Calabro

“Thanks for your professionalism and kindness.”

Hazel Beeler

“You and your staff did an absolutely superb job. As for you personally I would like to say that in my life I have met many good people and some outstanding ones. I’m adding you to my outstanding list! ”

James R. Johnson

“I really appreciate everything that was done for me and my family. Thank you so much Sara Lowthian Thank you so much for visiting with our Social Workers yesterday. We appreciated all the information you had to share, and I know that much of it will be very useful to our patients and families. Thanks again for taking the time to speak with us. Sincerely,”

Rachel Gryer

“On Behalf of our father Matthew Borsik, we would like to thank you! You were extremely honest, helpful and reliable. We are forever grateful! Always.”

The Borsik Family

“Dear Ray, We were blessed having you and your staff handle Jesse’s visitation and funeral. We followed Jesse’s wishes and he would have been pleased. Thank you for making everything easy and comfortable for us. Bobbie Winn “Excellent job at a fair price””

Bob Wells

“Ray, We sincerely thank you for your caring help and gracious kindness. Your remarks in the tribute to Jesse in the Aiken Standard were appreciated. Working with you and your staff was a happy part of Jesse’s active life. He was always honored to help when you needed him.”

Bobbie Winn & Family

“Vicky, Thank you for all your expressions of sympathy and working through the endless paperwork with the insurance. ”

Bobbie Winn & Family

“Excellent job, Ray. I would recommend your services without hesitation. Thank you.”

Dr. Michael Weber, MD

“Ray, With thanks and appreciation. ”

The Rev. Charlotte E. Waldrop

“Dear Ray, We want to thank you for your generosity toward our family when we lost baby Logan. This was the hardest thing that we ever faced. You and your staff handled everything so smoothly. This helped make a difficult time a little easier. I would highly recommend your services to anyone. Thank you. ”

Joshua, Nikki, Lily, Dennis & Maureen

“Dear George's Funeral Home; Thank you so much for helping make my husband, Randy, service so nice. Mr. Anderson handled all the details that I would not have been able to even attempt. Everything was so nice. That was a big relief. As always, you show style and dignity there. Thank you. Sincerely, Kay Watson”

Kay Watson

“Cody, Allen and Vicki; With heartfelt appreciation for the thoughtfulness you've shown, thank you!”

Elayne Kantor

“Allen & staff, I just wanted to say how much I appreciated the professional way you handled Otto's funeral. I could not have asked for more. Everyone has been wonderful to work with. I will sing your praises to anyone who will listen. Thank you so much. Love, Susan”

Susan Otto
December 22, 2016

“Mr. Bateman, I wanted to thank you for all the help you gave me and my husband during our son's death. You made a very hard time easy for us. I will never forget your kindness.”

Henry & Frances Burkett
July 22, 2016

“Dear Allen, May I take this opportunity to express to you and your staff my appreciation for the beautiful new year calendars that you have given to the Adath Yeshurun Synagogue Congregation. I have always cherished this gift and have it in a prominent place not only in my home but in my office. It is so kind and generous of you to remember us in such a significant way. Once again, my deepest and most sincere thanks. Yours Very Sincerely, Irene”

Irene Rudnick
December 08, 2015

“This testimonial was submitted to the Aiken Standard and was published on May 27, 2015. I am writing to recognize and to say thank you to the incredible staff of George Funeral Home. Allen Bateman, managing partner, and Julian Thigpen were exceedingly kind and thoughtful. Bateman stayed with our family and helped ease the decision-making process when planning my grandmother’s funeral. Their kindness was greatly appreciated not only by me, but the entire family of Miriam J. Walker. Should the time ever occur again, we would not hesitate to choose George Funeral Home and their caring staff. April Madea Danko ”

Miriam Walker

“Dear Mr. Bateman and staff, Please accept my heartfelt thanks for your caring assistance in preparing Warren's Memorial Service. You have been most helpful in so many ways. I will always remember your kindness. On behalf of our family, I give you heartfelt thanks. In His Love, Nancy Bebb”

Nancy Bebb

“Allen, Hi, I am the aunt of Jonathan Brock, son of Jimsie Crosby. I just had to take time to tell you how much I appreciate the GREAT CARE and Christian Love you showed our family during Jonathan's passing. You made our time of mourning meaningful in the special detail you expressed for Jonathan and his love for the gamecocks. The three magnetic emblems you ordered were a awesome expresion of care you showed us. We feel so fortunate to have had you take such EXCELLENT care of Jonathan's service. May God always Bless you and your family. Lona Thompson”

Lona Thompson

“I just wanted to commend your services for my dad, Jim Herndon. From the first call to Allen Bateman he took over and guided us through the process. He was professional and warm. Thank you for a wonderful service. The Herndon family”

Nancy Seddinger

“Allen & Team, Thank you so much for being so compassionate, incredibly kind & thoughtful during this time. I can't begin to express how wonderful it was to have so much help walking through something so difficult. Thank you so much for bringing so much care to my family & helping us have such a sweet way to remember my mom. All the best, Samantha”

Samantha Hall

“Dear Mr. Bateman, I have been meaning to thank you and the funeral home for the memorial gift of the tree planted in our mother's memory. She is probably smiling about it. Mama loved nature and flowers. Thank you again on behalf of our family.”

Bonnie Squires

“Dear Mr. Bateman, My family and I would like to express our appreciation for the kind and professional manner in which you and all the staff handled our mother's final arrangements. You managed everything so well that it made it easier on us. The visitation and the service were well-organized. But, you were not just focused on the business details, but also on the wishes and feeling of the family members. We appreciate your sympathy and understanding. Thank you again for making this difficult time a little easier. Sincerely, The Family of Coleen Byrum Kennethy Byrum, Donna Jackson and Jerry Ellis”

Family of Coleen Byrum

“Allen, Thank you so very much for making Clarence Kirton's funeral exactly as he wanted. I know that you put forth extreme care for detail. I also appreciate the care and concern you had for me. Thank you Allen for your prayers. You made my time of grief easier. God Bless you and your family.”

Judith Kirton

“... knowing all the necessary Jewish rituals and communicating with the newspapers in the Philadelphia area was greatly appreciated.”

Alan Brooks

“Your guidance and approval of our planning was greatly appreciated. Our family came to depend on Thomas Bivins standing by our side. Heartfelt thanks.”

Wanda Johnson

“..You went beyond what was expected. We were especially pleased with the way you planned the service with St. Thaddeus Church. Jeanne and I are most pleased with your service. You went beyond what was expected. ”

Chris & Jeanne Martin

“Your entire staff treated us professionally and were organized in helping us make decisions. Everyone on your staff made us feel comfortable and welcome. ”

Bob & Sharon Mills

“The staff and everyone there was so good that we could never ask for better service. Thank you and your staff for everything. Love.”

Hazel Walton

“We just want to say thank you for the loving care you gave our husband and father and our whole family. You all went above and beyond “doing your job". God Bless you all.”

The family of Samuel Ray Bridgeforth

“Thank you to everyone at George Funeral Home for everything you did for me and my family during the time of my mother’s passing. We couldn’t have had better people to deal with. Thank You!”

Ann Arnold & Family

“My heartfelt appreciation for everything you have done to assist Ronda. You touched my heart deeply in all you have done to lovingly care for her brother, John.”

Cheri Hicks

“The George Funeral Home staff was very courteous and professional, especially Ray & Miss Vicky (Who I spoke to via telephone a few times). Their chapel and other sitting/receiving rooms are very comfortable and inviting, despite being a place for a somber occasion. I also liked the fact that they offer guestbook entries via the computer to people, especially those living out of state to send in their condolences and flowers.”

Ronda Douglas

“Ray, You and your staff did a superb job for us. Thank you very much. ”

Joan Hartman

“We really appreciate Ray & Paul's help. All our needs were met with great compassion and friendship. All recommendations were sincere and very helpful. Our sincerest thanks.”

Carla & Gregg Galloway

“Paul, Thank you so much for handling my husband's service for the family, You were gracious, sincere, and everything went very smoothly and timely. I can’t think of a single thing to complain about. Again, thank you so much!”

Eleanor Studley & family

“Because of my husband's daughter's necessity to return to Denver, time was a factor. Your team somehow managed to do everything almost overnight! You'll always have my thanks.”

Jacqueline Griffith

“Thank you for taking such great care of mom. You made everything so easy for all of us..”

Valerie T. McFarland

“I just wanted to thank all of you at Georges for the excellent service you provided for me and my family during our loss. As hard as it was to part with Skylar, you & your staff gave us tremendous care. Again from my family and myself, thank you. ”

Delorise K. Carmichael

“We were very pleased with your staff as were our guests. ”

Joyce Johnson

“Thank you for your kindness and help to me and my family. The funeral was comforting and we could not have asked for better arrangements Best Regards, ”

George D. Crowley III

“Your team was very helpful and kind, willing to help any way that they could. Michael Ferrell My family was very satisfied by the service, facilities and clergy. Ray has gone out of his way to help us. ”

Dennis Simmons

“We were met sympathy and kindness from Ray and it was extremely appreciated. ”

Maree-Rose Winborne, MD

“Thank you so much for donating the box for Mr. Bell’s cremated remains. Mr. Bell received a dignified burial thanks to you and the men from St. Mary’s. I appreciate what you did for him very much. Sincerely,”

Sister Mary Sheehan Our Lady of the Valley - Gloverville, SC

“Thank you so much for speaking at out In-service! I know our staff enjoyed your stories and thoughts. We always enjoy having you as a speaker. Thanks!”

Christina Isenhourer

“Your organization did everything well and I would recommend George’s to my friends in their time of need.”

Dr. Benjamin P. Rouse

“Thank you so much for the wonderful service.”

Woodrow Gilmer

“When I realized the need for the services of a funeral home, I knew immediately that I would seek the services of George Funeral Home & Cremation Center, because of the reputation of the staff, my experiences as a visitor and my awareness of the integrity of the owners.”

Jean Geiger

“Paul, Thanks for helping us make so many decisions and work out the details. Love lives on in little kindnesses and gentle words. ”

Bobbie Winn & Family

“The staff of George Funeral Home were a tremendous help to me in making long-distance plans. I am very grateful to Ray for his help and understanding of our needs. Thank you.”

Frances G. Spencer

“Dear Mr. Visotski, Thank you so much for handling the arrangements for Mary F. Herald in such a smooth manner. The expertise of you and your staff is greatly appreciated. ”

Jean Morford

“A little delayed, but the appreciation is just as fresh. Thank you for a great evening out at the ballgame. It is very thoughtful for you to share the tickets. ”

John & Joan Baxley

“I was most appreciative of the effort shown to meet the timeframes we requested.”

Joan Miller