BERKELEY COUNTY, SC — Tonight, a brand new company is open in Berkeley County. They aim to help families during one of their biggest times of need.
At a recent ribbon cutting Ceremony for Charleston Cremation Center off Clements Ferry Road, Supervisor Bill Peagler said this new business that is expected to add 3-5 new jobs is part of nearly $1 billion in economic development in Berkeley County this year. That’s more than $600 million in new investment, and more than $300 million in upgrades of existing businesses.
Peagler says businesses like Charleston Cremation Center are critical. “They are just a smaller part of a larger picture of huge investment, but the small business is the most important in our nation because most of the time it’s small business that carries this nation forward.”
Charleston Cremation Center owner Marcus Yocum grew up on military bases as a kid. “It’s been a lot of hard work, a lot of emotions. I’m excited to try and help our community the best I can.”
He has worked in the funeral business helping military heroes who died overseas. “I worked out at Dover Port Mortuary for a few years serving our soldiers when they came back home to get them back to their families.”
Today he is hoping to help in the Lowcountry, by offering more quality care for families who choose cremation. One of the ways this new facility can help is with the high cost of final expenses. “You know folks might pay thousands and thousands of dollars at other places, where here as an example, we’re only $795 for a basic cremation.”
Charleston Cremation Center has brand new cremation equipment for humans, as well as separate equipment for families who want to cremate their pets.
“I’ve wanted to build a facility with the honor, dignity, and respect the families deserve, not that anything is wrong with any of the other companies, I just wanted to do it my way.”