Our Story

Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.

While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are family owned funeral home dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving your amazing and inspirational stories.

Why Us?

Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.

Why Us?

Learn about our legacy.

Since 1932 our funeral home has prided itself as being a leader in service to the families of Columbia. Over the years, Shives Funeral Home has seen the city change and grow, yet our commitment to outstanding service and caring for people has never changed.

The funeral home, built in a beautiful, colonial style, is located near downtown Columbia. Originally founded and operated by the Talbert family, the funeral home was purchased in 1967 by William W. Shives. Mr. Shives continued in the tradition of providing exceptional care for the families of our area, and over the next 30 years, he completed major renovations and additions to the funeral home facility.

Today, the funeral home is owned and operated by E. Randolph Shives III. He, along with the caring and highly experienced funeral home staff, provide the families of the Midlands with dignified and personal funeral services that honor and celebrate the lives of their loved ones.

Who We Are

Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.

E. Randolph Shives III

E. Randolph Shives III

Funeral Director / Owner
Read Bio
William W. Shives

William W. Shives

Funeral Director / Former Owner
Read Bio
Eric R. O'Dell

Eric R. O'Dell

Licensed Funeral Director
Read Bio
Rev. R. Joseph Copeland

Rev. R. Joseph Copeland

Licensed Funeral Director
Read Bio
J. Kelcey Dickinson

J. Kelcey Dickinson

Licensed Funeral Director
Read Bio
Andrew Copeland

Andrew Copeland

Licensed Funeral Director
Read Bio
Aaron R. Small

Aaron R. Small

Licensed Funeral Director
Read Bio
Robert B. (Bobby) Raines

Robert B. (Bobby) Raines

Apprentice Funeral Director
Read Bio
Catherine Mabry

Catherine Mabry

Community Outreach and Apprentice Funeral Director
Read Bio
M. Eugene Harris Jr.

M. Eugene Harris Jr.

Certified Cremationist and Funeral Assistant
Read Bio
L. Michael Priest

L. Michael Priest

Certified Cremationist
Read Bio
Kimberly K. Rodriguez

Kimberly K. Rodriguez

Administrative Assistant
Read Bio
Beth Cheslak

Beth Cheslak

Office and Funeral Assistant
Read Bio
Trenholm Buyck Hardison

Trenholm Buyck Hardison

Read Bio
Benji Holder

Benji Holder

Facilities Maintenance
Read Bio
David Crump

David Crump

Funeral Assistant
Ree Hart

Ree Hart

Funeral Assistant
Read Bio
Caroline Hudson

Caroline Hudson

Funeral Assistant
Ed Kennedy

Ed Kennedy

Funeral Assistant
Read Bio
Rosie Leonard

Rosie Leonard

Funeral Assistant
Richard Lyttleton

Richard Lyttleton

Funeral Assistant
Read Bio
Kenny Mattox

Kenny Mattox

Funeral Assistant
Read Bio
Harry McCoy

Harry McCoy

Funeral Assistant
Read Bio
Diane T. McLaughlin

Diane T. McLaughlin

Funeral Assistant
Read Bio
JoAnn Dowey Richardson Null

JoAnn Dowey Richardson Null

Funeral Assistant
Read Bio
Sara Jacobs Peake

Sara Jacobs Peake

Funeral Assistant
Read Bio
Rev. Erwin Threatt

Rev. Erwin Threatt

Funeral Assistant
Read Bio
Paul  Shealy

Paul Shealy

Funeral Assistant
Read Bio
Susan Sturkie

Susan Sturkie

Organist
Read Bio
Amy J. Henson

Amy J. Henson

Office Manager
Read Bio
Sherry Peake Stockman

Sherry Peake Stockman

Accountant
Read Bio
Wiliam (Bill) H. Bower

Wiliam (Bill) H. Bower

Funeral Assistant
Craig Houston

Craig Houston

Funeral Assistant
Read Bio
Tucker Jackson

Tucker Jackson

Funeral Assistant
Robert Leonard

Robert Leonard

Funeral Assistant
Jim  Long

Jim Long

Funeral Assistant
James F. Munn

James F. Munn

Funeral Assistant
Tammy Roberts

Tammy Roberts

Funeral Assistant
L.E. Spradlin

L.E. Spradlin

Funeral Assistant
Will Sullivan

Will Sullivan

Funeral Assistant
;

Explore Our Locations

See where we are and find the place that best meet your needs.