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Ideal Funeral Parlor, Inc.

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Amanda Black Alford Funeral Attendant

Worked 1st funeral July 22, 2016.


I am a daughter of Roscoe and Lady Bessie Black. I am the eldest of 7 children. I attended West Florence High School and graduated in 1988. I also did 3 years at Florence-Darlington Tech. 
I was married, 27 years, to the late Arthur Alford Jr. and to this union 10 children were born.


I have always had the desire to be a mortician and even went to school for it.  I’ve always wanted to work for Ideal Funeral Parlor, even as a young teenager. I used to ask the elder, Mr. Rufus Hawkins, to hire me every time I got close to him . I wanted it that bad. 

I simply LOVE being a part of the Ideal team because we are a family. Our director, Mr. Douglas Hawkins, knows everyone and everyone knows him. 


I love meeting the families and being able to SERVE each and every one has been a tremendous blessing.

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Barris McWhite Funeral Attendent & Musician

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Davarise Cooper Funeral Attendant

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Debbie Paige-Cain Accounts Receivable

Mrs. Debbie Paige-Cain, a lifelong native of Florence, SC, is the proud mother of three children, Jeremy, Chad and Chasity; and eight grands.  I earned an Associate degree from Florence Darlington Technical College.

I have been blessed to serve in this ministry with Ideal Funeral Parlor, Inc. for 20 ½ years.  I do believe that God placed me with Ideal to be a blessing to the families we serve.  My motto is “If I can help somebody as I travel along, then my living will not be in vain.” 

I proudly work and serve with Ideal Funeral Parlor, Inc. 

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Jackie Timmons Funeral Attendant

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John Cain Funeral Attendant

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Kenyetta Kennedy-Sanders Funeral Attendant

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Kimberlyn "Kim" Jackson Lady Attendent

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L. Breon Bailey Apprentice Funeral Director & Embalmer

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Leo James Member, Board of Directors, James Representative

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Omijean Timmons-Sanders Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer

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R. Douglas Hawkins President, Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer douglash@idealfuneral.com

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Reverend Kippie C. Brown Apprentice Funeral Director & Embalmer

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Reverend Michael Spears Funeral Attendant

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Rufus Hamlin Funeral Attendant

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Ruthene H. Kennedy Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer ruthenehk@idealfuneral.com

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Sandra Singletary Lady Attendent

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Taft Guiles Member, Board of Directors, Guiles Representative

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Tenika Sanders Funeral Attendant

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Terry Davis Funeral Attendant

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Torrance V. White Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer

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William A. Johnson Chair, Board of Directors, Johnson Representative

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William Wilson, Jr. Funeral Attendant

Amanda Black Alford

Funeral Attendant
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Worked 1st funeral July 22, 2016.


I am a daughter of Roscoe and Lady Bessie Black. I am the eldest of 7 children. I attended West Florence High School and graduated in 1988. I also did 3 years at Florence-Darlington Tech. 
I was married, 27 years, to the late Arthur Alford Jr. and to this union 10 children were born.


I have always had the desire to be a mortician and even went to school for it.  I’ve always wanted to work for Ideal Funeral Parlor, even as a young teenager. I used to ask the elder, Mr. Rufus Hawkins, to hire me every time I got close to him . I wanted it that bad. 

I simply LOVE being a part of the Ideal team because we are a family. Our director, Mr. Douglas Hawkins, knows everyone and everyone knows him. 


I love meeting the families and being able to SERVE each and every one has been a tremendous blessing.

Barris McWhite

Funeral Attendent & Musician
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Davarise Cooper

Funeral Attendant
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Debbie Paige-Cain

Accounts Receivable
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Mrs. Debbie Paige-Cain, a lifelong native of Florence, SC, is the proud mother of three children, Jeremy, Chad and Chasity; and eight grands.  I earned an Associate degree from Florence Darlington Technical College.

I have been blessed to serve in this ministry with Ideal Funeral Parlor, Inc. for 20 ½ years.  I do believe that God placed me with Ideal to be a blessing to the families we serve.  My motto is “If I can help somebody as I travel along, then my living will not be in vain.” 

I proudly work and serve with Ideal Funeral Parlor, Inc. 

Jackie Timmons

Funeral Attendant
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John Cain

Funeral Attendant
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Kenyetta Kennedy-Sanders

Funeral Attendant
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Kimberlyn "Kim" Jackson

Lady Attendent
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L. Breon Bailey

Apprentice Funeral Director & Embalmer
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Leo James

Member, Board of Directors, James Representative
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Omijean Timmons-Sanders

Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer
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R. Douglas Hawkins

President, Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer
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Reverend Kippie C. Brown

Apprentice Funeral Director & Embalmer
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Reverend Michael Spears

Funeral Attendant
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Rufus Hamlin

Funeral Attendant
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Ruthene H. Kennedy

Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer
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Sandra Singletary

Lady Attendent
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Taft Guiles

Member, Board of Directors, Guiles Representative
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Tenika Sanders

Funeral Attendant
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Terry Davis

Funeral Attendant
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Torrance V. White

Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer
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William A. Johnson

Chair, Board of Directors, Johnson Representative
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William Wilson, Jr.

Funeral Attendant
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