Prestige Funeral Service Professionals
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Mr. Benton Terrell Jones, SGT, USA, (Ret)
President/CEO/FD Apprentice # 4339
Benton Terrell Jones, SGT, USA, (Ret), the son of the late Jane E. Jones, Susan (Lenue) Hayes, and Ambrose (Linda) Johnson, is a native of Lake View, SC with close family ties to Nichols, Mullins and Dillon, SC. He is the husband of Raven Anthony Jones and the very proud father of Ke’sean, Lauryn and Landyn Jones.
The seed to become a mortician was planted in Benton before he was born. Since the age of 5 years old, the desire to become a mortician intensified. His mother would often sing at funeral services, and Benton would accompany her just to view and admire the workmanship of the bodies of the deceased and to see and speak with (late) Mr. William “Penn” Troy, owner of Troy’s Funeral Home, Mullins, SC. His mother would personally escort him to speak with Mr. Troy at every service. It was his childhood dream and desire to work for Mr. Troy. He was very intrigued by his style, professionalism and work etiquette. Benton was so intrigued that after each service, he couldn’t wait to go home to imitate Mr. Troy with his very own mock funeral service. He would use toy cars to form the funeral procession and would make makeshift graves adorn with roses from his grandmother Rosa Lee Thompson’s rose bushes. He would then sing, preach and perform the funeral service.
When he was in middle school, he created a portfolio of his business vision as a school project. One summer day in 2010 after much thought and prayer, he called around to the local funeral homes in the area to pursue a job in funeral operations and services. At the time, every funeral home called was fully staffed. When he called House of Thomas, he spoke to (late) Elder Kevin Thomas. Elder Thomas invited him to stop by and speak with him. Benton immediately jumped up, put on his Sunday best, grabbed his portfolio he made in middle school and headed to House of Thomas. When Elder Thomas opened the door, he was surprised to see Benton and told him, “I wasn’t expecting you to come by today, but since you’re here, come on in.” Benton showed Elder Thomas his portfolio made during his middle school years and he was completely shocked. Elder Thomas told Benton, “I usually don’t hire younger people, but I’m so impressed, I must give you a chance.” and he that did. From that point, Benton was privileged and honored to be mentored by the great Elder Kevin Thomas.
Upon graduating in 2011 from Lake View High School, Benton joined the United States Army and served over five years including an eleven-month tour in Djibouti, Africa. During his time of active duty, he earned numerous medals and awards including 2 Army Commendation Medals, 2 Army Achievement Medals, a Good Conduct Medal, a National Defense Service Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, an Army Service Ribbon and a Certificate of Achievement. He was also awarded six service coins. He medically retired from active duty in 2017. After retiring, Benton sought out to fulfill his lifelong dream as a funeral director and embalmer. His goal was to assist families as they seek to honor and celebrate their loved ones through highly customized and prestigious services. He began his apprenticeship with Foundation Partners Group LLC and Thompson Funeral Homes in Columbia, SC. At this location he was able to serve a diverse clientele and numerous faith groups and communities such as: Catholic, Lutheran, Episcopal, Methodist, Baptist, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, Korean Presbyterian, Presbyterian, Law Enforcement, Veterans and Humanistic services.
While at Thompson Funeral Home, Benton was able to enhance his knowledge of funeral service, become a certified cremation specialist and received an Associate in Occupational Studies in Funeral Service from American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in 2020. In 2018, he was featured in Columbia Living Magazine for his exemplary services serving the Columbia area while working for Thompson Funeral Home and in 2019, he was voted number one in the company at Foundation Partners Group LLC for customer satisfaction. Though he enjoyed caring for families in Columbia and surrounding areas, he is thrilled to come home to serve the Pee Dee and surrounding areas during their time of need. His later mentor, Elder Kevin Thomas was a visionary. He once told him, “When a man is given a vision, it should be shared so it will continue to live even if the visionary dies, the vision will never die.” Though Elder Thomas is no longer with us, Benton’s mission is to run with the vision.
Mrs. Gloria Wade Outlaw
Manager - FD # 3883
Mrs. Outlaw was born and raised in Marion, SC. She graduated from Marion High School in 1979. She is also a graduate of the University of South Carolina and Piedmont Technical College Funeral Service Program. She served as an apprentice under Hines Funeral Home, Hartsville, SC and received her Funeral Service License in 2016. Mrs. Outlaw is married and has a daughter. She is committed to serving families during their hours of bereavement.
Chaplains and Support Staff
Chaplain - Unlicensed
Reverend Anthony Ford was born and raised in Lake View, SC. He graduated from Lake View High School in May 1984 and immediately entered the U.S. Navy attending Recruit Training in Great Lakes, IL. He retired after 22 years of naval service as a Navy Chief. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from the University of Phoenix and pursuing a Master of Divinity at the Dickerson-Green Theological Seminary at Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina. Reverend Ford is honored to be pastor of the exciting New Spring Hill African Methodist Episcopal Church in Dillon, SC. Reverend Ford has extensive bi-vocational experience in public sector in project management and talent acquisition in over 21 cities and territories. This includes subject matter expert with Intuit’s (TurboTax) Program. Reverend Ford is proprietor of Faith Haulers Ministries, and BFT Consulting, providing faith-based training and organizational development. Reverend Ford is particularly devoted to Kingdom growth, the positive development of youth and the restoration of families. Through his ministry, he provides a broad range of counseling and social justice input to the public officials. He also provides character development for youth and children through mentoring, technology, along with mental and physical fitness. Reverend Ford is the husband of the former Brandy N. Brunson and father of four lovely children, Bryan, Brandon, Brenton, and Morgan.
Elder John Graves
Chaplain - Unlicensed
Ms. Tonja Mitchell-McCoy
Administrative Assistant- Unlicensed
A graduate of Coker University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She is a native of Dillon, SC and was employed with Blue Cross and Blue Shield for 25 years before her retirement in 2017. She is married to Chris McCoy and has two daughters. She enjoys spending time with her family and riding her motorcycle in her spare time.
Ms. Kelsey Dudley
Administrative Assistant - Unlicensed
Is from Pee Dee (Marion), SC. She currently resides in Dillon, SC. She is the daughter of Reverend Anita and Deacon Walter Dudley. She is the mother of Kiley Brown. Ms. Dudley is an honor graduate from Dillon High School and Coastal Carolina University. She is currently earning a graduate degree from the University of North Carolina. Ms. Dudley is currently a high school social studies teacher and a musician. She enjoys working with and mentoring children and being of service to both Dillon and Marion counties. Ms. Dudley is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated. Her favorite quote is “Success only comes by persevering despite failure.”
Ms. Sharlene D. Fore
Community Care Coordinator - Unlicensed
Sharlene D. Fore is a native of South Carolina. She enjoys being of service to mankind. Sharlene finds delight in reading God’s word and two of her favorite scriptures are: “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” (Isaiah 41:10) and ”I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)
Mrs. Regina Fore Mack
Marketing Director - Unlicensed
Mrs. Regina M. Fore Mack is a native of Marion, SC with deep family ties to Lake View, SC. She is the daughter of Charles and (late) Amelia Thompson Fore. Regina is married to Kelvin J. Mack, Sr and together they are the proud parents of 3 beautiful children and 2 precious grandchildren. In her spare time, she loves reading, spending time with family and friends, traveling and working in the church. She loves making others smile and happy.
Mrs. Doris Dudley
Viewing Assistant - Unlicensed
Mrs.Doris A. Dudley is the widow of the late Gabriel C. Dudley, and the daughter of the late J.C. and Ruby Wright. Mrs. Dudley is a member of New Saint Mark Baptist Church that is in Dillon, South Carolina. She serves as an Usher President, President of the Bereavement Ministry, and Trustee. Mrs. Dudley is very dedicated, and she truly loves the Lord.
Mrs. Dudley is the mother of three daughters, the grandmother of nine grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Mrs. Dudley is employed at Pee Dee Community Action Partnership where she still serves. She was formally employed at PDRTA for twenty years. THis is a total of twenty-eight years as a Transportation Specialist. Mrs. Dudley loves communicating with people and working in her garden and flower year. She truly is a yard person and if you need her, that's where you would find her.
Ms. Joan Carmichael
Viewing Assistant - Unlicensed
Nurse - Unlicensed
Ms. Carolyn Washington Guilford - Unlicensed
Was born in Dillon South Carolina to (late) James Edward Washington Sr. and Mother Diane Washington on March 16, 1959. She the second daughter of eight children from this loving household. She attended school in the Dillon School and graduated from Dillon High School in 1977. Due to her love for family and community, she began volunteering and became a member for different ministries at St. Matthews AME church, where she has been a member since a young age. She is a member of the Senior, Concert, and Mass Choirs, Senior President of the Usher Board, Pastor's Aide trustee and WMS missionary board. She is married to her loving husband SGT Michael J. Guilford for 35 years and they share three beautiful, loving children, five grand-children, two great-grand-children and foster parents of two very special children.
She has been a staff member of House of Thomas Funeral Home, where the late honorable Elder Kevin Thomas was founder for over 10 years. Because of her love for her family and the community, she has been a caregiver for many and looks forward to being a part of this new journey.
Ms. Gloria Bethea - Unlicensed
A resident of Dillon, SC, is a member of Bowling Green UMC, and is a retiree of Wix Filtration after 44 years of service. She is the proud mother of two daughters, (late) Felicia McCormick and ShaMyra McCormick and three grandchildren, Ja'Quan, Ja'Kwazia, and Dionte'. Also, the proud sister to four brothers. She has worked in the funeral industry for years; serving as lady attendant and limousine driver. Her true passion is serving and comforting families during their time of mourning and need.
Ms. Carrie Martinez - Unlicensed
A native of Dillon South Carolina, is an employee of AJM Home Delivery Meals. She was married to (late) Eliseo (Joe) Martinez, is the mother of four children and grandmother of many. Mrs. Martinez is a faithful and dedicated member including "Mother " of her church Fresh Beginnings Christian Center Little Rock, South Carolina. Mrs. Carrie has worked faithfully in funeral services for over 30 years. Her love, beautiful smile and anointed spirit has and is still touches many lives.
Ms. Wanda McClain - Unlicensed
Mrs. Lisa Bullock - Unlicensed
Mr. Garry L. Legette - Unlicensed
Has served in the funeral home business for over 21 years with the majority of his tenure under the leadership of (late) Elder Kevin Thomas. He strives to serve families with a spirit of excellency during their time of bereavement. He is committed to serving others with the same honesty, compassion, and dignity that he would want his own family to receive. His spirit is lifted when he feels he is providing a service to his community especially at during their time of need. His goal is to serve his community with dignity, honesty and compassion.
Mr. Jerry McRae - Unlicensed
A native of Dillon, SC. He served with (late) Elder Kevin T. Thomas for 20 years. He is very passionate in funeral services and serving and helping families during their time of loss.
Mayor Starlian Maurice Lee - Unlicensed
A Lake View, South Carolina native who bleeds Blu & Gold. Starlian is a strong community member and exemplifies his leadership through his actions and not words. Starlian has been employed at Lake View high School for over a decade and has been a Minister of Music for over 25 years. Starlian is also a member of St. Mark 71 Masonic Brotherhood, Community Chair of The Boys Scouts of America and Co-Founder of Inspirational Vocal Camp.
Starlian has been married for over 20 years to Breian McKoy-Lee and they have two children, Gabriel and Juri.
Mr. Christopher Davis - Unlicensed
A native of Dillon, SC, is the son of Carol Scott. He is a graduate of Red Springs High School in Red Springs, NC. Christopher has over seven years of experience with the funeral service. When asked what funeral service means to him, his reply is, “Funeral service is a way to give a sense of comfort to grieving families and give back to the community.”.
Mr. Curtis Fryson - Unlicensed
A native of Marion South Carolina, the son of the late James and Sally Fryson. He's a 1980 graduate of Marion High School. After graduating, he enlisted into the United States Army where he served years as Corporal. He's an ex-law enforcement officer and retired SCDOT. Curtis is a lifelong member of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, Marion, SC, where he serves faithfully. He's a member of Joppa Hill Masonic Lodge # 176.He's the proud father of four; Crystal, Ashley, Curtis Jr., and CurtXavier, and the illustrious grandfather of seven. His hobbies are playing Spades and Thug Life. When asked why do he want to work in the funeral industry, he says, "My passion is helping families in their time of bereavement."
His motto is: "If I can help somebody along the way, my living will not be in vain."
Mr. Kwa’Nas Kiawoh - Unlicensed
A lifelong resident of Dillon, SC with deep anchoring roots in the community. With God's help, Kwa’Nas was educated in Dillon County School District 4 and received his high school diploma in May of 2018. He is currently attending Northeastern Technical College majoring in Business Administration. Upon graduating in May 2022, his future plans are to attend Coker University to acquire a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and pursue a goal of entrepreneurship. He is currently employed with the SC Department of Motor Vehicles as a License Examiner since May 2019. He is excited to serve his community in this capacity at Prestige Funeral Home. This opportunity allows him to give back and serve Dillon County and surrounding counties.