Kay 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 and Winthrop University. She graduated from the University of South Carolina.
Kay served all offices of the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association, including as 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 a member of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce and the York 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 husband are members of the First A.R.P. Church of Lancaster.
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 wife are members of the 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.
Laura Roberts, Funeral Director
A native of York County, Laura is a graduate of Rock Hill High School and Winthrop University. She joined the family business in 1995. She has been a full-time funeral director at Wolfe Funeral Home since 1997 and is licensed in both Carolinas. She is a member of the South Carolina and National Funeral Directors Associations and the Fort Mill Chamber of Commerce.
A resident of Fort Mill since 1997, Laura is a member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. She also participates in many events at the Anne Springs Close Greenway and supports the Fort Mill Community Playhouse.
Lanair Owens, Funeral Director/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 Lanair moved to Lancaster, with his family and served his apprenticeship with Cauthen Funeral Home. He became a licensed funeral director/embalmer in 1995. Lanair 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. They have three children, Brandon, Jonathan and Julie; and a grandson, Drew.
Randy Davis, Funeral Director/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 B.S. and graduated cum laude. He received his Funeral Service education at Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood, S.C., 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.
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 girl friend, Teddy.
Jelly Bean enjoys going on walks, running in his doggy park, taking naps and performing tricks. His outgoing personality allows him quickly to make friends.