WFH pic

Williamsburg Funeral Home, Inc. are the Williamsburg HomeTown Chamber’s latest Image Award recipients. From left: Tommy Conway, funeral director, Sam Clarkson, funeral assistant, Beth Horton, office manager, Billy Horton, general manager and president and “B” Horton, assistant manager. Not pictured, Anna Taylor, funeral director and embalmer.

Photo by Michaele Duke

Williamsburg Funeral Home, Inc. was founded in March of 1961 by a group of community-minded men and women. They saw a need for our community and invested their time, efforts and money to create a place where families can turn for comfort and support.

They purchased the Koger house on Main Street and outfitted it to offer a complete funeral service. The caring funeral service professionals involved in the startup as management, staff and additional investors, were Robert P. Johnson, James L. Brown, Jr., and W.B. “Billy” McClary. Through the years these investors, who were also community leaders from Kingstree, Lane, Salters, Greeleyville, Trio, Cades, and other communities continued to guide the business as it grew and changed with the needs of the area.

In 1972, an attractive traditional brick facility was built behind the existing funeral home. The Koger house was then sold and dismantled. Much of the material from the old home was recycled for use in elegant lake and beach homes of the Lowcountry.

The day after he graduated high school in 1968, Billy Horton went to work full time at the funeral home. In 2005 he became owner.

Horton attended mortuary school in 1970 and graduated in 1971 in Louisville, KY. I guess you can say the rest is history because he has been there ever since. Horton estimates he has conducted around 5,000 funerals. He says, “it is my life” when he talks about the funeral business.

Williamsburg Funeral Home has six full time employees and one part-time employee. It is a twenty-four hour and seven days a week business. Horton says going forward they plan to maintain “family-owned status” and to keep increasing services they can offer to the families. When discussing possible future additions they mention adding cameras to have a “live” service where family members who cannot attend can log onto their website and input a password given by the family to join the celebration of life.

In 2011 Williamsburg Funeral Home, Inc. reached an important milestone 50 years of service to the families of Kingstree and the Williamsburg County area. This has been accomplished through the vision, hard work and the support of the community. The present officers and staff are committed to continue to be a source of comfort and support to our community.