Originally known as the John Rowland Leavell Funeral Home, our facilities were first located near the present-day Hampton Inn on Nance Street in Newberry, SC. This home was founded in 1847, and in 1865 Robert Young Leavell built the Nance Street facility.
After the death of R. Y. Leavell in 1935, James R. Leavell took over the helm, moving the Newberry Home to its present site (Calhoun St. & College St.) in the winter of 1937.
The College Street facility was built by Edward Sholtz around 1880 and sold to Dr. William E. Pelham in 1889. Upon his death in 1930 the home went into Dr. Pelham's estate. It was purchased in 1936 by John Stockman, who in turn sold it to James R. Leavell.
In 1951 the home was sold to Roy Doggett Whitaker, Sr. acquiring its current name under which it was incorporated October of 1970. Not long thereafter (1972) a new brick garage was added.
Roy Doggett Whitaker, Jr. was named General Manager of the Whitaker Funeral Home in 1974 and carries on the family tradition to this date.
R. Doggett Whitaker, Jr., CFSP, CPC
Doggett Whitaker is a 1965 graduate of Newberry High School and received his Bachelor of Science Degree from North Carolina State University. He is a graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.
Doggett is a member and Past President of the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association. He is a member and Past President of the National Funeral Directors Association, a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner, a Certified Preplanning Consultant, a charter member of the Academy of Funeral Service Practice, and a member of the Heritage Club.
Doggett is a member of The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer and over the years has served on numerous committees including Chairman of the Congregational Council. He is actively involved in his community and is a member of the Newberry Lions Club, Newberry York Rite Bodies, Hejaz Shrine Temple, and is a Life member of Amity Masonic Lodge #87 AFM. He is an active member of both the Newberry and Chapin Chamber of Commerce.
He is married to the former Christie Crowder, the father of four daughters, and grandfather of three.
Christie C. Whitaker, MSW, CFSP
Christie has been involved in funeral service for more than thirty years. She is a licensed funeral director and holds the distinction of being a Certified Funeral Service Professional. Christie is a member of the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association and formerly chaired the Disaster Response Committee. She is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Academy of Funeral Service Practice.
Her other experiences include her work with the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT) of the National Disaster Medical System, Department of Homeland Security where she served as the national team leader for Family Assistance. She has been instrumental in the development of protocol for working with families in crisis and in the development and growth of mental health programs and response procedures for various professionals. In addition, Christie has worked for government and private sectors, nationally and internationally, in crisis response. Her responses include such incidents as the terrorist acts of 9-11, the Asian tsunami, Hurricane Katrina floods, aviation incidents and fires. Her work has impacted the lives of many.
She has been actively involved in her community and state and has served on a number of local, state and national Boards. She currently serves on the Newberry County Hospital Foundation Board and the Piedmont Technical College Foundation Board. She is a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer.
She is married to R. Doggett Whitaker, the mother of four daughters, and has three grandchildren.
Huger P. Caughman, CFSP
Huger is a graduate of Dreher High School and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.
He is a member of the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association, the National Funeral Directors Association, and a member of the Academy of Funeral Service Practice.
Huger is a member of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer. He is actively involved in his community and is a member of the Mid-Carolina Lions Club, Amity Masonic Lodge, Newberry York Rite Bodies, Hejaz Shine Temple and an honorary member of the Newberry Fire Department.
He is married and the father of a son and a daughter.
Erin received her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and her International Masters of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina, Moore School of Business. She is a graduate of the Piedmont Technical College, School of Funeral Service. Erin is also certified as a Blackbelt in Six Sigma Methodology.
She currently serves on the Chapin Chamber of Commerce Board, on the Advisory Board of Funeral Service at Piedmont Technical College and as team captain for the Newberry County March for Babies. She is a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Newberry Newcomers club.