A Glance In The Past

Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.

In the early 1800's many large, elegant houses were clustered around the west DeKalb Street area.  In 1823, Phineas Thronton, “seller of racoon skins, groceries and other items” bought land at the northeast corner of DeKalb and Campbell Streets where he built a large two story home.  In 1889, the property was purchased by Elizabeth Collins.  In November 1914, her son, A.R. Collins, placed an ad in THE CAMDEN CHRONICLE indicating “Collins Brothers, Undertakers for Colored People, Telephone 41” was opened for business.  

Collins operated his funeral home out of a small building facing Campbell Street until the structure was razed in the early 1950's.  The business moved to its current site in the white, two-story structure, while an empty lot (for parking) now faces Campbell Street.

Amon, Sr. died in 1960.  His eldest son, George, became owner and operator with his brothers, Mack, Sr. and Amon, Jr.

Before earning his spot as a highly-respected citizen and businessman in Camden, George graduated from Mather Academy and attended Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina and the McAllister School of Embalming in New York.  Amon, Jr. followed in his brother's footsteps and graduated from the McAllister School of Embalming in 1947.

Amon, Jr. worked at Collins Funeral Home until 1966, when he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, and entered the insurance business.  He died in 1967.

Mack, Sr. disassociated himself from the funeral home professionally and attended the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago after graduating from Mather Academy.  He moved to Charlotte, North Carolina and worked for an insurance company during the last decade of his life.  He died, December 31, 1975.

George, on the other hand, operated Collins Funeral Home up until his death, March 14, 1974.  

The glass hearse that sits in front of the funeral home was first used at the beginning of the business in 1914.  After motorized vehicles came on the scene, the hearse was retired in 1923.  But the quaint glass carriage has been used just once since then.  In March, 1980, one of Mrs. Collins students asked to be transported to the local cemetery (Cedars Cemetery) for burial by the carriage.  Mrs. Collins honored the special request and the carriage was restored to its proper place in front of the funeral home as the landmark.

Mrs. Willie Mae Collins became sole proprietor, following her husband's death, until June, 1999.  She died June 28, 2006.

Today, nineteen years later (1999-2018), Collins Funeral Home has been owned and operated by Roosevelt Osborne, Sr. and Beverly J. Osborne. In March of 2018, A.J. Bracy joined the staff on a full time basis overseeing daily operations of the firm and becoming the sole proprietor. He has been charged with serving the community for the next generation.

From a humble beginning to the present, Collins Funeral Home continues to serve the families of Camden, greater Kershaw County and surrounding communities with compassion, dedication, dignity, and professionalism.  The motto remains the same, “rendering dignified services within the means of all.”

Why Us?

In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.

Why Us?

We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.

Learn the legacy.

Collins Funeral Home was established years ago, and serving families has always been our focus. We take pride in being able to guide people through some of their most difficult days. We take pride in maintaining a setting that allows people to find solace. Celebrating life is our mission. That’s never changed. And with pride, it never will.

Who We Are

Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.

Rev. Anthony J Bracy Jr.

Rev. Anthony J Bracy Jr.

Manager, Funeral Director, Embalmer and Proprietor
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Roosevelt Osborne Sr.

Roosevelt Osborne Sr.

Licensed Funeral Director, Cremation Arranger and Previous Owner
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Beverly J Osborne

Beverly J Osborne

Service Ambassador, Administrative Assistant and Previous Owner
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Rev. Willie J Duncan

Rev. Willie J Duncan

Chaplin/Service Ambassador
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Joe Wilson

Joe Wilson

Service Ambassador
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Lawrence Williams

Lawrence Williams

Service Ambassador
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Henry Long

Henry Long

Service Ambassador
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Rev. Gregory V Smith

Rev. Gregory V Smith

Service Ambassador
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Ned Lyles

Ned Lyles

Service Ambassador
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Johnny Frank Turner

Johnny Frank Turner

Service Ambassador
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Rian A. Dennis

Rian A. Dennis

Administrative Support
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Cassandra Dennis Bracy

Cassandra Dennis Bracy

Community Relations and Service Ambassador
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Doug Jones

Doug Jones

Grave Administrator
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Joshua Bracy

Joshua Bracy

Scholar
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Ross P McClary

Ross P McClary

Embalmer
Reese Brown

Reese Brown

Service Ambassador
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