Locally Owned Vs. Chains

You may not realize that many of the funeral homes in the Wake Forest and Raleigh area are not locally owned, but operated by huge chains and multinational conglomerates. Because we are locally owned you have more choices and the highest level of personal care.

As a family owned funeral home serving Wake Forest and surrounding areas, Clancy Strickland Wheeler Funeral Home is dedicated to providing quality funeral services at affordable pricing. We offer a better, more personal way to plan and create remembrance services that are personalized to your loved one. We are locally owned and specialize in offering your family the greatest value. Our success is attributed to focusing on families first while providing peace of mind at a price you can afford.

LOCALLY OWNED Vs. CORPORATE OWNED

On first thought, the fact that we are a family owned funeral home may not mean much to you. But consider this: since we live and work here in this area your hard earned money goes directly to supporting local families and businesses in your community. We use local vendors and support non-profit organizations right here in Wake Forest and surrounding communities.

While they may have been operating in our community for years, and their names have not changed, these funeral service conglomerates keep the original family name on their businesses because they know that at your greatest time of need you are more likely to turn to a local business you feel you can trust, than to a national chain you know nothing about.

The following is a list of such conglomerates and the funeral homes they are operating in the Wake Forest and Raleigh area:

Carriage Services (stock symbol: CSV) Houston, Texas. Carriage Services operates over 161 funeral homes in 26 states and 31 cemeteries in 10 states.

  • Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest

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SCI Group – Service Corporation International (stock symbol: SCI) Houston, Texas. The world’s largest funeral cemetery conglomerate owning more than 1,800 funeral homes and cemeteries in 43 states, eight Canadian Provinces, and Puerto Rico.

  • Brown-Wynn Funeral Home, Raleigh and Cary
  • Mitchell Funeral Home, Raleigh

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StoneMor Partners L.P. – (stock symbol: STON) Trevose, PA . The Company operates 317 cemeteries and 105 funeral homes in 28 states and Puerto Rico.

  • Montlawn Funeral Home, Raleigh

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The corporate funeral home poses as a “Mom and Pop” operation, attempting to reap the goodwill developed over prior generations. More concerned with sales figures, volume targets, and keeping stockholders happy, the corporate owned funeral home charges 30-40% more on average than its independently owned competition. Don’t expect the conglomerate owned business to advertise their affiliation or ownership out in the open.

We are accountable to you and your family – not to stockholders and investors.