James A. “Jimmy” McAlister III, a fourth generation Funeral Director and Embalmer founded James A. McAlister Funerals & Cremation in 1997. Jimmy’s great-grandfather, John McAlister, was one of the first licensed embalmers in South Carolina who began his funeral home in the late 1800s. Although a strong legacy of funeral service existed, Jimmy instead chose a career in finance following his graduation from the University of South Carolina. But, as Jimmy explains, “I had grown up in the funeral home business, and finally decided I wanted to be a Funeral Director.”
In 1997, Jimmy decided to open his own funeral home business in the Charleston, SC suburb of West Ashley, next to a piece of land once owned by his Grandfather James McAlister. The new funeral home resides in a 10,500 square foot facility that used to house the AT&T Communications Office. Jimmy notes it was indeed fortunate to locate an existing building of that size with ample parking for 150. This building includes the latest video and audio technology, a spacious and elegant lobby, a stately chapel that seats 275 comfortably, and beautifully appointed staterooms.
But even more important than a beautifully appointed funeral home is the service it provides a family following the loss of their loved one. As Jimmy says, “We are dedicated to doing everything possible to help you and your family through a time of bereavement and loss. Your peace of mind is our greatest concern. We understand the importance of family and the comfort of tradition in times of loss.”
Independently owned and operated since its founding in 1997, James A. McAlister Funerals & Cremation represents an entirely new commitment to our growing Charleston community. The commitment to be “Always There” with personalized service and attention to detail serving our families one at a time.
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