The Island Funeral Home and Crematory was founded in 1981 by Allen and Nancy Richardson. Their mission was to provide complete death care services to Hilton Head Island. Previously, families had to travel to Beaufort, SC or Savannah, GA to care for their loved ones in passing.
When planning for construction of the funeral home, the Richardson's were adamant that the building fit in with the "island" character and settled on a lowcountry style building, whose design led to a national award for the local contractor who built the funeral home. In anticipation of the wishes of client families the Richardsons added the firm's first on site crematory in 1983.
For many years, Allen and Nancy solely operated the business with the help of a few part time staff. As the Island grew, so did the business. In addition to part time associates, their daughter Sheri joined the staff in 1992 as a licensed funeral director. Upon Nancy's death in 1993, Sheri assumed partial ownership of the firm with her father. Together they have grown the business to include six full time funeral directors and several part time funeral service associates.
In 2002 the business expanded to include another family owned crematory and in 2005 Allen and Sheri made a commitment to extend The Island Funeral Home and Crematory's special brand of caring for all family members to include pet cremation services.
Over the years The Island Funeral Home and Crematory has been recognized six times as a National Funeral Director's Association Pursuit of Excellence firm. The firm has also been recognized as The Island Packet readers "Best Funeral Home" every year since it's inception.
Allen and Sheri have been featured in American Funeral Director magazine, as well as local publications.