Stephens Funeral Home & Crematory was founded in March 1980 by Ranny I. Stephens and his wife Pam. Ranny has served the families of Clarendon County and surrounding communities since 1971. He worked for Shelley-Brunson Funeral Home from 1971 until he and Pam founded Stephens Funeral Home on the corner of Sunset and Boundary Streets in March of 1980.
In 1981, Ranny and Pam purchased the former Shelley-Brunson Funeral Home building located at 304 N. Church St. In 1998, a new office and visitation room were added to the funeral home and in 2002, an onsite cremation facility was added to help better serve their families.
In February 1995, the Stephens' son Shayne joined the family business.
Our goal is to provide a compassionate full service funeral home for the area. We provide a full range of services to include out-of-state transport, prearrangement options, and on-premise cremations. We are a family business, and strive to provide for the needs of our clients as we would for our own family, and to make this time of the loss of a loved one as easy to bear as possible.
Ranny is a 1966 graduate of Timmonsville High School, and a 1970 graduate of Simmons School of Embalming and Mortuary Science in Syracuse, NY. He is a decorated United States Army veteran of the Viet Nam War. Ranny has been in the funeral service serving Clarendon County and surrounding areas for four decades, the first nine and a half years with Shelley-Brunson in Manning; then opening his own funeral home, Stephens Funeral Home, on March 6, 1980. He is retired Clarendon County Coroner, having served in that capacity for twenty years. Ranny is a licensed funeral director, embalmer and preneed specialist.
Pam is a 1969 honor graduate of Interlaken High School in Interlaken, NY, attended Hobart College in Geneva, NY, earning college credits when she was a high school senior, and a 1970 graduate of Powelson Business Institute in Syracuse, NY. Pam is a licensed funeral director and office manager of Stephens Funeral Home. She and Ranny are parents of three children, Phillip Shayne (Kitty) Stephens, Randi Lyn (Chip) Jackson, and Ranny I. (Kristi) Stephens, Jr., and grandparents of Shaw, Shayne Jr., and Bennett Stephens, Mary Margaret, Catie, Byrnes and Austin Jackson, and Anna Rose Stephens.
Shayne was raised in Manning. He is a 1989 graduate of Manning High School, a 1993 graduate of The Citadel, and a 1995 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service. Shayne was selected to the North-South football team, and was a team member of the Manning High School State Championship team, as well as the Citadel Southern Conference Championship Team. He is married to Kitty Eadon Stephens. They have three children, Shaw, Shayne, and Bennett. Shayne is a licensed funeral director, embalmer, preneed specialist, and a Clarendon County Summary Court Judge.