History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

H. Roger Cauthen graduated from the Gupton Jones School of Embalming in 1932. He and his wife, Ruby Lloyd Sistare Cauthen opened their first Funeral Home in 1940 in Lancaster. As their family grew, so did their business. Roger and Ruby Lloyd, as they were known, opened a funeral home in Kershaw in the mid 1940's. Their sons become funeral directors like their parents. Under the guidance of Hazel Cauthen and his wife Kay, the business grew even more, opening a funeral home and cemetery in Rock Hill, and purchasing Wolfe Funeral Home in Fort Mill. 

In the 1990's there was a trend for the consolidation of funeral homes. The Cauthen Family sold their core operation of funeral homes to a national funeral home conglomerate, retaining only Wolfe Funeral Home in Fort Mill which was continually operated under the watchful eye of Kay Cauthen. 

After several years of managing a group of funeral homes and cemeteries for a national funeral home conglomerate, Hazel grew tired of the corporate funeral service world with its micromanagement and almost total focus on the bottom line. He joined his wife Kay at Lancaster Funeral Home & Cremation Service, a project she had started. 


Our Valued Staff

  • Hazel R. Cauthen Jr.

    Hazel R. Cauthen Jr. Funeral Director/Owner

    Hazel was born into funeral service. His Father was a funeral director/embalmer and graduated from Mortuary College in 1932. His Mother was also a Funeral Director, as well as his older brother, wife and daughter. He has been a Funeral Director/Embalmer for over forty years, and is licensed in both South Carolina and North Carolina. He and his family own and operate Lancaster Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Lancaster, Wolfe Funeral Home in Fort Mill, Cremation Specialist in Lancaster and My Best Friend Pet Cremations in Lancaster.
    Hazel was born and raised in Lancaster, having graduated from Lancaster High School and also attended the University of South Carolina – Lancaster Regional Campus. He graduated from Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science and the University of South Carolina. He and his family are members of First A. R. P. Church of Lancaster.
    He has served his profession well. He served all offices of the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association, including as its President. He has served on the Policy Board of the National Funeral Directors Association, as well as on the associations Business Practices Committee. Hazel has made four presentations to fellow Funeral Directors at the associations annual National Conference. He has served on the South Carolina State Board of Funeral Service. He was, twice named “Funeral Director of the Year” by the Pee Dee Funeral Directors Association. He is a life member of the Academy of Professional Service Practice, where he as served on the Board of Trustees and as its President. He is a “Certified Funeral Service Practitioner”. Always promoting education, Hazel has served on Board of Visitors of Charleston Southern University as well as on the American Board of Funeral Service Education. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board of “The South Carolina Center for Funeral Service Education” at Greenwood Technical College.
    Always active in his community, Hazel is a Mason, Shriner and Rotarian, member of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce and is active in other community organizations. He and his wife, Kay and family pet “Jelly Bean” reside in Lancaster.

  • Kay C. Cauthen

    Kay C. Cauthen Funeral Director/Owner

    Kay has been a Funeral Director for more than twenty years, and is licensed in both South Carolina and North Carolina. She and her family own and operate Lancaster Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Lancaster, Wolfe Funeral Home in Fort Mill, Cremation Specialist in Lancaster and My Best Friend Pet Cremations in Lancaster.
    Kay was born and raised in Lancaster. She graduated from Lancaster High School and attended the University of South Carolina – Lancaster Regional Campus. She graduated from the University of South Carolina.
    Kay served all offices of the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association, including as its President. She is a life member of the Academy of Professional Service Practice and a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner. Kay served on the Board of Visitors of Charleston Southern University.
    Kay is member of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce and is active in other community functions. She and her husband Hazel and family pet “Jelly Bean” reside in Lancaster. She and her family are members of the First A.R.P. Church of Lancaster.

  • Lanair Owens

    Lanair Owens Funeral Director and Embalmer

    Lanair began his career in funeral service in 1984 at Williamsburg Funeral Home in Kingstree, SC working part time on his days off from Williamsburg County EMS. He graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, GA in 1993 with an Associates Degree in Funeral Service Education.
    Upon graduation he moved to Lancaster, SC with his family and served his apprenticeship with Cauthen Funeral Home. Lanair became a licensed funeral director/embalmer in 1995.
    He was a former member of the SC National Guard. He is a member of the Jackson Masonic Lodge and a Major in the SC State Guard. Lanair and his family are members of St. Catherine Catholic Church in Lancaster.
    He resides in Lancaster with his wife, Ronda and their three children, Brandon, Jonathan, and Julie. Daughter in Law Amber Stroup Owens and Son in Law Brad Faile. Two grandsons Andrew "Drew" Dale Owens and Hunter Lucas Faile.

  • Tiffany M. Haynes

    Tiffany M. Haynes Funeral Director and Embalmer

    Tiffany began working in funeral service in 1996, at the age of 14. She worked part time through high school at Wolfe Funeral Home in Fort Mill, SC. Upon graduating Indian Land High School she began college at Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, GA.
    After graduating college with an Associate’s Degree in Funeral Service Education she started her apprenticeship at Cauthen Funeral Home and became a licensed funeral director/embalmer in 2004.
    Tiffany and her family attend Carolinas Cornerstone Church in Fort Mill, SC. She resides in Indian Land, with her husband, Tim and their four children, Gracie, Emalie, Cole and Mackenzie.

  • Terry Sears Chandler

    Terry Sears Chandler Office Administrator

    Terry is a Lancaster High School graduate and began her career for Springs Industries in 1979 where she worked for 28 years until the plant relocated to Brazil. The last 10 years she worked in office administration. She attended York Technical College where she received a certificate in Medical Office Administration. She began working for Lancaster Funeral Home in 2010 as their office administrator. Terry is a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Lancaster where she is a member of the Adult Sunday School Class. She has served as church clerk, as well as helped teach Mission Friends. Terry and Chuck have two daughters, Miranda and Morgan and one grandson, Luke. They reside in Lancaster.

  • Randy Davis

    Randy Davis Funeral Director and Embalmer

    Randy is a dual licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer and also has specialized skills in other areas. He is an ordained Southern Baptist Minister and has pastored for 30 years. In addition, Randy leads music for congregational singing and directs a choir. Randy received part of his education at Wingate University where he earned his BS and graduated cum laude. He received his Funeral Service education at Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood, SC where he graduated with honors and earned another Associates degree. Randy enjoys the company of other people and he believes that a career in Funeral Service is a calling, and he is grateful that the Lord has given him the ability to help people through one of life's greatest trials. There have been many occasions when he has provided pastoral care for grieving families that did not have a minister. Randy loves to be outdoors and when he has some personal time, he enjoys hunting and fishing. In addition, he likes to travel to new places, cook, and entertain. His musical interests range from church hymns to Blue Grass. Randy and his wife Kathy are very proud of their son Blake who is an NC State graduate and works in the poultry industry.

  • Jesse M. Strickland III

    Jesse M. Strickland III Funeral Director and Embalmer

    Trey began his career in funeral service in January of 2012. He is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer at Lancaster Funeral Home, of Lancaster and Wolfe Funeral Home of Fort Mill. Trey is a graduate of the South Carolina Center for Funeral Service Education at Piedmont Technical College, where he completed his Associates Degree in Funeral and Mortuary Science. In addition he is also a graduate of Winthrop University, with a B.S in Business Administration. Trey was born and raised in Lancaster. After graduating from Lancaster High School, Trey enlisted in the United States Army Infantry, under the Big Red One Division. He was stationed in Schweinfurt Germany. After completing two tours in Iraq and receiving a Purple Heart and three Army Commendation Medals with Valor, Trey was Honorably Discharged in December 2009. Trey was married in July 2010 to Mrs. Lissette Dominguez of Panama and moved to Charleston where he attended Trident Technical College until December of 2011, after completing his two year degree. Trey is always striving to better himself and his community and is active in charities such as the Wounded Warrior Project and the Boys and Girls Club of Charlotte. He and his wife, Lissette and family pet “Lola” reside in Indian Land. Trey’s parents and grandparents also currently still reside in Lancaster County.

  • Jelly Bean Cauthen

    Jelly Bean Cauthen CEO (Canine Executive Officer)

    Jelly Bean Cauthen was named CEO (Canine Executive Officer) of My Best Friend Pet Cremation. He is a resident of Lancaster and lives with his grandparents, Hazel and Kay Cauthen and his girlfriend, Teddy. Jelly Bean enjoys going on walks, running in his doggy park, taking naps and performing tricks. His outgoing personality allows him to quickly make friends.

  • Floyd T. Pigg

    Floyd T. Pigg Monument Sales Representative

    Mr. Pigg worked for ten years for the Lancaster County EMS and is a Certified CPR Instructor.
    Floyd began his career in funeral service in 1981 at Cauthen Funeral Home in Kershaw. He worked at Cauthen Funeral Home for 25 years and began working at Lancaster Funeral Home six years ago. He manages monument sales and assists on funerals. He enjoys gardening, cooking, camping in the mountains and spending time with his family and grandchildren. He resides in Kershaw with his wife, Bonnie and his dogs, Fat Boy and Sadie.