The roots of Sullivan-King Mortuary began in
1923, when a storefront funeral home opened on South Main Street. Over the
years, William W. “Bill” King and Sam O. Sullivan, Sr. acquired ownership and renamed
the company in 1949. Twenty years later, both King and Sullivan died within three
weeks of each other. At the time, Bill King’s son David C. King was a 20-year-old
training to become a US Army helicopter gunship pilot and would later become a Vietnam
combat veteran. Dedicated employee Jack Gilliland became manager and major
shareholder, leading the firm until his retirement.
In 1997, David and long-time employee Bolt
McClain bought Sullivan-King Mortuary. Under Bolt’s management, with a team of
loyal employees, Sullivan-King Mortuary has continued the tradition of caring
and compassion for grieving families. In 2013, Sullivan-King Mortuary received
the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce Pillar of Anderson Award, recognizing the
company for community commitment and civic involvement.
facility at 3205 North Highway 81 was designed and built to reflect timeless architecture
and detail. Furnished throughout with beautiful antiques and colorful details,
the décor suggests the feel of a lovely, inviting home. In 2008, the daughter
of David and Sheila King, Taylor, married Matt Young in the W.W. King Chapel, and
the reception was held in the mortuary, with over 1,000 guests in attendance.
Even that number has been exceeded by the size of some of the funeral
visitations handled by the mortuary.
Abundant parking, ease of access and an on-site crematory complete the
thoughtful details of this trusted Southern funeral home.
Pre-need funeral planning and family aftercare
are among the many services provided. “As a 90-year-old, family owned and
managed business, passion, respect, knowledge and experience are evident with
each family served,” Bolt said. Each funeral service is different, a unique
memorial for the family to remember.
recently, an association with Roberts Cemetery has been established to create a
community cemetery on S.C. 187 near the shores of Lake Hartwell. The expansion
of this historic cemetery, founded in 1789, includes additional grave spaces
and plans to construct a 336-crypt mausoleum and lovely outdoor pavilion. The founder of Roberts Presbyterian Church,
Rev. John Simpson; Anna Anderson Hunter, daughter of Gen. Robert Anderson,
namesake of Anderson County and the City of Anderson; and numerous war veterans
are among those interred in this colonial cemetery.
Bolt McClain and the professional staff of Sullivan-King Mortuary
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