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Our story.

From the beginning and into the future

In 1879, J.M. Posey entered the funeral service in Aiken County with the goal of providing quality, professional funeral service to those in need. Over the course of 65 years, Posey revolutionized the funeral business in Aiken County through the implementation of modern embalming techniques learned at the hands of Dr. Joseph Clark, founder of the Cincinnati College of Embalming. In addition, Posey built the first modern funeral facility, which included a chapel, and was the first to provide modern funeral transportation through the use of a motorized hearse and family cars. J.M.'s innovation and true love of service led to a four-generation legacy.

Continuing the legacy of care.

In 1940, Dudley Posey, J.M.'s youngest son, became a licensed funeral director and embalmer after graduating from the Cincinnati College of Embalming. Before coming to work for the family firm, Dudley worked as Day Supervisor for the prestigious Forest Lawn Mortuaries in Los Angeles, California. At Forest Lawn, Dudley gained vast experience in funeral service, overseeing as many as thirty funerals per day. In 1956 Dudley came back to Aiken County and joined his family, opening the North Augusta location. In 1963 Dudley built North Augusta 's first modern funeral facility on Georgia Avenue. The funeral home offered spacious visiting rooms for families and an on-site chapel. Dudley is still recognized as the only individual to twice serve as president of the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association. He also served on the South Carolina Funeral Service Board, which governs funeral service in the state and was a member of various community and church organizations including the Jesse C. Lynch Memorial Post #71 of the American Legion.

From the earliest of years, Stephen Posey followed his father Dudley's footsteps in funeral service. As a graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, Stephen became a licensed funeral director and embalmer in 1970. He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association, Georgia Funeral Directors Association, The Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, the British Institute of Embalmers and the Georgia Academy of Graduate Embalmers. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in South Carolina and Georgia. In addition, Stephen has also served as a member of the South Carolina Funeral Service Board and is currently an active volunteer in both civic and church organizations.

In 2004 Walker Posey joined the family firm as the fourth generation to enter the funeral service. Walker is a graduate of Brigham Young University and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and holds degrees in both Communications and Mortuary Science. Walker grew up working in the family business and has also been involved in a number of personal business ventures outside of the funeral business.

While time does bring change to both communities and industries, it is comforting to know that the values upon which they are built remain the same. Personal service, Integrity and Innovation are the tools that J.M Posey built his business upon in 1879; today these same values still guide the Posey family as we seek to provide the finest in funeral service to those in need.

The National Funeral Directors Association annually recognizes funeral homes that "exceed expectations before, during and after the funeral" through customer service and community initiatives. We have been honored to have been named winners of NFDA's Pursuit of Excellence award since 2018, meriting the "Best of the Best" award in 2019 which was given to only five firms nationwide. Indeed, excellence is pursued daily at Posey.

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