With a history dating back to 1884, Dunbar Funerals and Cremations has 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 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 Funerals and Cremations, 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 (3926 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 (7600 Woodrow Street, 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.
DUNBAR NORTHEAST CHAPEL (4219 Hardscrabble Road)
Meeting Our Community’s Funeral Needs
Dunbar’s Northeast Chapel, our newest location, is conveniently located near the intersection of Clemson and Hard Scrabble roads and is staffed by individuals with long term ties to the Northeast community.
Dunbar Northeast Chapel is an integral part of the continuing legacy Dunbar Funeral Homes have enjoyed in the Midlands. For more than 100 years, five generations of Dunbar's have upheld a family tradition of striving for the highest standards and an even higher level of service to the area’s families. Dunbar’s reputation for superior service and commitment to fair prices places us among the top funeral homes in the nation in terms of the number of funeral services conducted. This long standing tradition and attitude of caring and dignity provide you with every assurance that funeral needs will be fulfilled professionally and with compassion.
Dunbar’s association with Stewart Enterprises, the nation’s second largest provider of funeral services, provides us increased access to the resources and expertise required to fulfill any funeral needs. At Dunbar, we work to exemplify Stewart’s motto: Caring for people, making a difference.
Additionally, we are here to discuss numerous options available for either cremation or burial arrangements. Kristin Jewell, the Northeast Chapel funeral director, has over 20 years experience assisting families through the process of selecting the most appropriate arrangements to suit your individual needs.
Open seven days a week, the Northeast Chapel opened in September 2009. Our facility provides a dignified and welcoming atmosphere. It is spacious and comfortable and ensures the proper surroundings for all events associated with funeral services. Features include state-of-the-art audiovisual systems, an onsite crematory, multiple gathering spaces, and a refreshment center.
If you would like to ease your mind about the services that may be required in the future, please visit us at the Dunbar Northeast Chapel, 4219 Hardscrabble Road, Columbia, SC 29223. Or call us at (803) 788-6310. It would be our pleasure to proudly show you our facility and answer any questions you may have.