04 August 2012

Home for Funerals

Dorothy's Home for Funerals, Cannon St., Charleston
There is something warm and friendly about the name "Home for Funerals" especially when the funeral home is this historic Charleston home on Cannon St. This is Dorothy's Home for Funerals. I've walked past it for years but this is the first time I clicked on the web site. 
Our mother Dorothy Moultrie Richardson founded Dorothy's Home for Funerals in July 1973. Her career started at the age of 13, working with her father and mother at the family owned J.B. Moultrie Funeral Home, which was founded in 1923. To serve the communities west of Charleston, she opened the Hollywood Chapel in 1983. She was one of the oldest African American female funeral directors and was active until her death July 7, 2001. Service to the community was a basic principle by which our mother and grandparents, Jacob Benjamin Moultrie and Lelia Hertz Moultrie lived. We continue to keep service as our objective and focal point.

Dorothy's Home for Funerals is a family owned and operated funeral home. The Moultrie family has served the Charleston area communitys since 1923 and are here to help families in their time of need. Our family will help your family celebrate the life of your loved one. We will help you plan a celebration of your loved one that reflects their and your family's wishes.
Okay kids, I hope everyone has a good weekend. My handyman is coming shortly to start hiding my ghastly popcorn ceiling with new sheet rock. I am covering things up to protect them from the dust and running away. Run away, run away!

12 comments:

  1. Anonymous12:14 PM

    Good luck Joan. Stay Strong!!!!
    I move out of my home on monday!!! I am fighting fatigue right now but will energize I am sure.
    Shirley

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    1. Moving is dreadful, isn't it? Hang in there. Keep repeating: It will all be worth it, it will all be worth it!

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  2. Sweet family business, that one. Sounds so much more comforting than men in suits coming at you asking you wouldn't you really rather buy the gold-encrusted casket.

    Funny, the last few HGTV home repair shows I've watched had popcorn ceilings too... only they scraped them off (cough, hack, cough) and repainted, as the sheetrock was too heavy to add on top of the existing ceiling. Either way, I agree with you... RUN, FORREST, RUN!!!

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    1. Just got back from running away. There is a lot of sheetrock up. Since my handyman works full time I suspect this will take a few weekends. So far so good! I am hooked on those HGTV shows ;)

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  3. I've seen that funeral home, it adds to the character of Charleston, don't you think? Before we moved into our house we had the ceilings and walls (yes! someone blew the plaster walls with that horrible popcorn stuff) - luckily we didn't already live here... it was quite the mess but worth it without a doubt... even had vents cleaned (it's amazing where all that dust will go). Again... WORTH IT!! I'm sure you can't wait to see the results!

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    1. It does add to the character of Charleston. There are a few of them I have featured before.

      Can't wait to get fresh white ceilings! That will be cool. Then you can come visit :)

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  4. Don't you wish we could find the guy who invented the popcorn ceiling and just beat the bejeebers out of him?

    S

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  5. I find it interesting that historically across the south the funeral home business was one of the only enterprises that African Americans were allowed to persue unhindered. I am sure in many areas, if they tried to succeed in any other business, they would have met roadblock after roadblock.

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    1. It seems to be a family business and something that has stayed pretty segregated. Like churches I guess, people have their own rituals and comforts.

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  6. Their sign always struck me as being odd. Why wasn't it just called a Funeral home? Why a Home for Funerals? Interesting read!

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    1. I was wondering if the Home for Funerals name is usually on African American funeral homes. I suspect so but didn't track down a good answer. It sounds like a friendly, homey place.

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