Our Story

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

E. Randolph Shives III

E. Randolph Shives III

Adviser / Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer #2332
William W. Shives

William W. Shives

Adviser / Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer #890
J. Kelcey Dickinson

J. Kelcey Dickinson

Owner / Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer #3236
Robert B. (Bobby) Raines

Robert B. (Bobby) Raines

Owner / Apprentice Funeral Director and Embalmer #4100
Amy J. Henson

Amy J. Henson

Office Manager / Unlicensed
Rev. R. Joseph Copeland

Rev. R. Joseph Copeland

Director of Advanced Planning / Licensed Funeral Director #3975
Andrew D. Copeland

Andrew D. Copeland

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer #4039
Aaron R. Small

Aaron R. Small

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer #957
Olivia M. Freeman

Olivia M. Freeman

Apprentice Funeral Director and Embalmer #4270
Catherine R. Mabry

Catherine R. Mabry

Community Outreach / Apprentice Funeral Director #4078
Kimberly K. Rodriguez

Kimberly K. Rodriguez

Administrative Assistant / Unlicensed
Beth K. Cheslak

Beth K. Cheslak

Office and Funeral Assistant / Unlicensed
Benji Holder

Benji Holder

Facilities Maintenance / Unlicensed
George  Rice

George Rice

Technology Specialist / Unlicensed
Donald (Don)  Brown

Donald (Don) Brown

Funeral Assistant / Unlicensed
Ree Hart

Ree Hart

Funeral Assistant / Unlicensed
Caroline Hudson

Caroline Hudson

Funeral Assistant / Unlicensed
Tucker Jackson

Tucker Jackson

Funeral Assistant / Unlicensed
Ed Kennedy

Ed Kennedy

Funeral Assistant / Unlicensed
Harry McCoy

Harry McCoy

Funeral Assistant / Unlicensed
Bryant  McGowan

Bryant McGowan

Funeral Assistant / Unlicensed
JoAnn Dowey Richardson Null

JoAnn Dowey Richardson Null

Funeral Assistant / Unlicensed
Sara Jacobs Peake

Sara Jacobs Peake

Funeral Assistant / Unlicensed
Brian Raines

Brian Raines

Funeral Assistant / Unlicensed
Tammy Roberts

Tammy Roberts

Funeral Assistant / Unlicensed
Paul  Shealy

Paul Shealy

Funeral Assistant / Unlicensed
Barbara Bourne Shives

Barbara Bourne Shives

Licensed Funeral Director #1726
Michael (Mike)  Dillon

Michael (Mike) Dillon

Certified Crematory Operator / Unlicensed
Michael (Mike) L. Priest

Michael (Mike) L. Priest

Certified Crematory Operator / Unlicensed

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.

In 2012, E. Randolph Shives, III purchased the funeral home and later expanded with a second location on the Trenholm Road Extension to continue the dedication to excellent service.  Following this expansion and growth, Randolph successfully continued to build the firm and assist his staff with maintaining the reputation and values held since its founding. 

Today, the funeral home is owned and operated by J. Kelcey Dickinson and Robert B. (Bobby) Raines, who served under Randolph's direction in order to continue the rich tradition of providing the same unparalleled service. Kelcey and Bobby, along with their professional staff, and council of the Shives Family continue the foundation that was established over 90 years ago. 

We treat all families with the highest integrity and just as if they are a part of ours. We invite you to allow us to show you how our family can care for yours.

Who We Are

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

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