Dunbar Funerals and Cremations

With a history dating back to 1884, Dunbar Funeral Homes have become a cornerstone of the Columbia community. Our caring, dedicated staff is what sets us apart. We take great pride in fulfilling each and every family's unique needs by providing the most dignified, professional service available, whether you are in need of immediate assistance or would like to plan your arrangements in advance. Since its founding, Dunbar Funeral Home has continued to grow and has remained a much respected establishment in the Columbia area. The business still lives up to the standards set forth by founder J.M. Van Metre in 1922 stating: Our inspiration�to do the right thing at the right time in the right way; to do some things better than they were ever done before; to be courteous; to be an example; to work for love of the work; to anticipate requirements; to recognize no impediments; to master circumstances; to act from reason rather than rule; to be satisfied with nothing less than perfection. At Dunbar Funeral Homes, we believe that every life is unique, and every funeral should be too. We celebrate life. And for those who wish to plan their arrangements in advance, we offer The Simplicity Plan® prearrangement program, an easy way to handle an important family responsibility. Dunbar offers three locations in the greater Columbia area to better serve your family. Dunbar Funeral Home (Devine Street, Columbia) John Dunbar, Jr. purchased our Devine Street location in 1962. Originally known as Oaklawn Funeral Home, this Dunbar facility was built in 1959. The Devine Street location underwent a renovation in 1999, doubling its size. The recent expansion is a reflection of Dunbar's commitment to the families of Columbia, and recognition of change within the community. Our beautiful funeral home is 18,000 square feet and features eight visitation rooms and an inspirational chapel with seating for up to 280 guests. Because of our increase in size, Dunbar is able to accommodate requests of all kinds in our large gathering and visitation spaces. In 2002, Dunbar Funeral Home received The American Institute of Architects, Columbia Section Merit Award, and in 2004 received The American Institute of Architects South Carolina Chapter Merit Award. Dunbar Funeral Home (IRMO) The Dunbar standards of quality and dignity continue throughout our Irmo location, which was opened to provide service to families in the Dutch Fork area. Built in 1989 and consisting of 11,000 square feet, the funeral home sits on beautifully landscaped grounds. It is a Southern Colonial adaptation of the Greek Revival style. Inside, you will find a spacious lobby and reception area and three visitation rooms that can expand to seven if necessary. A simple, beautiful chapel seats up to 300 guests in custom-made maple pews. Families may enter through a private, covered entrance and can choose to be seated in the privacy of a family room. A separate room is available for the minister, organs and choir to use before services. Between the main building and the chapel, an atrium space allows light to enter from both sides of the chapel. Dunar Funeral Home (Gervais Street, Columbia) Dunbar's Gervais Street funeral home is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and was first built as a private residence in 1885. In 1924, founder John Dunbar opened the doors of this impressive house as a funeral home. It encompasses 8,000 square feet and includes three visitation rooms and a chapel comfortably seating up to 150 guests.


Our Obituaries

Helen Fuller

April 5, 1922 - December 7, 2013

COLUMBIA - Helen M. Fuller, 91, of Columbia, died Saturday, December 7, 2013. Born in Allendale, SC, she was the daughter of the late James Leon Moody and Natalie Cook Moody. After retiring as an administrative assistant from the SC Office of the Comptroller General for over thirty years, she continued working in that capacity for the SC Water Resources Commission. Loved for her sharp mind,...
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Ronald "Ronnie" Dean Webb

December 29, 1958 - October 10, 2013

West Columbia – Ronald "Ronnie" Dean Webb, 54, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 10, 2013. A memorial service will be held on Monday, October 14, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Church of the Carolinas, 1824 Barnwell Street. A private family burial will be held at a later date. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, he was a son of Christina Alvarez Webb and the late Harvey Desso Webb. ...
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Pauline Bryant Davis

May 29, 1931 - October 10, 2013

COLUMBIA - Funeral service for Pauline Bryant Davis, 82, will be held at 3:00 p.m. Monday, October 14, 2013, at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park at a later date. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Ms. Davis died Thursday, October 10, 2013. Born in Columbia, she was a daughter of the late...
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Gary Bernard

May 10, 1953 - May 5, 2013

COLUMBIA Gary Bernard was reunited with the Lord on Sunday, May 5, 2013, following a courageous battle with cancer. Gary is predeceased in death by his parents, Bernard and Myrtle Hornsby, his identical twin, Terry and 2 sisters. He served in the army during the Vietnam era at Ft. Hood, Texas. Gary began his career in life insurance and later opened his own Insurance Company. Gary...
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Betty Sowell Rodgers

January 9, 1927 - June 9, 2011

Betty Rodgers COLUMBIA - A graveside service for Betty Sowell Rodgers will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, June 12, 2011, in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Saturday at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel. Mrs. Rodgers, wife of the late C.O. Rodgers, died June 9, 2011. Born January 9, 1927, in Kershaw County, she was a daughter of the late William and Clara Folsom Sowell....
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Norman Rushton Darling

October 25, 1921 - April 18, 2011

CHARLESTON A graveside service for Norman Rushton Darling, 89, will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, April 21, 2011, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Congaree. A reception will follow at the Parish Hall. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family. Norm died April 18, 2011 after a long illness. Born October 25, 1921, in Providence, R.I., he was the son of Addison P. and Ida...
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Dezma Monroe Birchmore

May 27, 1910 - March 11, 2011

Mrs. Dezma Monroe Birchmore, 100, widow of Charles Willis Birchmore, died March 11, 2011, at the Heritage at Lowman in White Rock. Born May 27, 1910, in Kershaw County, she was a daughter of the late John Gillard and Minnie Motley Monroe. She graduated from Newberry College and received a teaching certificate from the University of South Carolina, after which she returned to Kershaw County to...
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Carl T. Bauguess, Jr.

September 30, 1928 - January 29, 2011

Dr. Carl T. Bauguess Jr., widower of Pauline “Polly” Bauguess, died January 29, 2011. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, February 5, 2011, at Shandon Presbyterian Church, 607 Woodrow Street in Columbia. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family. Dr. Bauguess was born September 30, 1928, in Lancaster, Pa., a son of the late C.T. and Ethel...
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Gregory Reese

April 14, 1967 - November 3, 2010

Gregory William Reese, age 43, of Columbia, S.C., beloved son of Nancy and George Reese, passed away peacefully November 3, 2010. He was born in Philadelphia, PA. He was a graduate of North Penn High School in Lansdale, PA, Class of 1985, followed by serving in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear-trained Electricians Mate. He graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2000 with a degree in Physics...
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Mary Will Rye

June 6, 1931 - August 8, 2010

Mary Will Rye EASTOVER - Funeral service for Mary Will Rye, 79, will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 11, 2010, at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, with burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Mrs. Rye, wife of the late Carl R. Rye, died August 8, 2010. Born June 6, 1931, in Wadesboro, N.C., she was a daughter of the late Daniel...
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Helen Oakes

August 18, 1921 - December 14, 2009

Funeral service for Helen Frances Roberts Oakes, 88, will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday, December 16, 2009, at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel. The family will receive friends from 2-3 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Highland Burial Park in Danville, Va. Townes Funeral Home in Danville will handle the out-of-town arrangements. Mrs. Oakes died Monday,...
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Frances Fleming McDaniel Hood

April 8, 1923 - November 26, 2009

Columbia - A graveside service for Frances Fleming McDaniel Hood will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, November 29, 2009, in Elmwood Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel. Mrs. Hood died November 26, 2009. Born in Walterboro, she was a daughter of the late Thomas J. and Florence Ellis McDaniel. She was valedictorian of her graduating class at...
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Maurine Womble Huey

March 24, 1926 - November 25, 2009

Columbia - Funeral service for Maurine Womble Huey, 83, will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 2, 2009, at the Mausoleum Chapel of Greenlawn Memorial Park. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family. Mrs. Huey, widow of George Edwin Huey, died November 25, 2009. Born March 24, 1926, in Florence, Ala., she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Hester McKelvey Womble....
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Emma Asmer

February 7, 1927 - November 18, 2009

Funeral Mass for Emma Marsha Asmer will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, November 21, 2009, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with burial in St. Peter’s Catholic Church Cemetery. Rosary will be recited 6 p.m. Friday at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, with visitation following until 8 p.m. Mrs. Asmer died November 18, 2009. Born February 7, 1927, in Columbia, she was a daughter of the late...
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Walter Yeates III

August 25, 1949 - November 16, 2009

Walter George Yeates III, 60, formerly of Columbia, S.C., passed away Monday, November 16, 2009, in Birmingham. Born August 25, 1949, in Philadelphia, Pa., he was a son of the late Walter George Yeates Jr. and Rebecca Taylor Yeates. A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Class of 1970, Mr. Yeates had been self-employed in Birmingham for over 30 years. Surviving are his brother,...
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Scott Fuller

December 29, 1959 - November 12, 2009

A graveside service for Scott Blackmon Fuller, 49, will be held 2 p.m. Monday, November 16, 2009, in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Visitation is 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel. Mr. Fuller died November 12, 2009. Born December 29, 1959, in Columbia, he was the son of Larry and Donna Fuller. He loved fishing, boating and spending time at Lake Murray with his dog,...
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Robert E. McLaughlin

August 31, 1937 - November 6, 2009

A graveside service for Robert Earl McLaughlin, 72, will be held 3:30 p.m. Saturday, November 7, 2009, in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is in charge. Mr. McLaughlin died November 6, 2009. Born August 31, 1937, in Corapolis, Pa., he was a son of the late Frederick Earl and Melinda Mae Kircher McLaughlin. He earned an Associate’s Degree in Drafting from...
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Susan Davis Darby

February 4, 1930 - November 5, 2009

Susan Davis Darby, 79, died November 5, 2009, after a long battle with cancer. She was the wife of the late H.B. Darby Sr. A native of Richland County, she was born February 4, 1930, in Columbia, the daughter of the late George Wilmot and Susan Hayne Davis. She was a graduate of Dreher High School and attended the University of South Carolina. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic...
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John Terry Ayoub

January 25, 1944 - November 4, 2009

The family of John Terry Ayoub, 65, would like friends to join the memorial service celebrating his life at 6 p.m. Tuesday, November 10, 2009, at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel. Visitation will follow the service. Mr. Ayoub died November 5, 2009. Born January 25, 1944, in Charleston, he was a son of the late Hibbie and Gertrude Lindler Ayoub. He attended Clemson University and...
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Ronald Alan Barrett

July 8, 1946 - October 11, 2009

Ronald Alan Barrett Columbia - Ronald Alan Barrett, 63, passed away on Sunday, October 11, 2009. Born in Chicago, IL, on July 8, 1946, Ron grew up in Columbia, S.C., where he attended A.C. Flora High School and the University of South Carolina. After receiving a law degree from USC, Ron served four years of active duty in the JAG Corps of the U.S. Air Force, stationed in New Jersey and...
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Buford Franklin

April 21, 1918 - October 4, 2009

COLUMBIA - Mr. M. Buford Franklin, 91, died Sunday, October 4, 2009. Born in Newberry County, he was a son of the late Benjamin Giffin and Augusta Pauline Dantzler Franklin. A 1937 graduate of Newberry High School, he attended Newberry College and graduated from Berry College in Rome, Ga. in 1949. He interrupted his education during WWII to work at the Charleston Navy Yard. Upon graduation,...
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