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Our Staff

Our Staff


Dan Allen
Assistant Manager

Dan was born in Birmingham, AL and moved to Atlanta, GA in 1960. He graduated from Atlanta's Gupton Jones School of Mortuary Science and joined his family's business H.M. Patterson & Son Funeral Home. Dan moved to Mt. Pleasant, SC and obtained his dual license as a SC Funeral Director and Embalmer in 1998. Dan joined Carolina Memorial Funeral Home in 2009. He and his wife, Julie, have two sons Patterson and Hunter.

Gene Caddell
Funeral Assistant

Gene Caddell was born in Charleston and raised in North Charleston. He graduated from North Charleston High School and served in the US Army and the National Guard. He is a member of the Carolina Masonic Lodge #375 and Omar Shrine Temple. He and his wife have one daughter and two granddaughters and one grandson. Gene retired from Seaboard Railroad and has been associated with Carolina since 1998.

Ralph Calhoun
Funeral Assistant

Ralph was born in Portsmouth, VA and is married to former Patrice Reynolds. They live in North Charleston and have three daughters and seven grandchildren. Ralph is a lifetime member of North Charleston United Methodist Church and Past Master of The Dorchester Masonic Lodge # 369, a Lifetime member of the Hammerton Masonic Lodge #332, a 32 degree KCCH Scottish Rite and is member of Omar Shrine Temple.

Melvin R. Cumbee
Funeral Assistant

Melvin was born in Cordsville, SC. He is a graduate of Berkley High School and earned an Associate's Degree in Business Administration from Palmer College in Charleston. He served his country for four years in the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Melvin retired from the SC Department of Natural Resources after 35 years of service. He has been with Carolina for seven years.

Debbie Dick
Administrative Assistant

Debbie was born in Charleston, SC. She currently resides in Summerville with her husband, David, and three daughters, Ashley, Megan, and Krista. Debbie is involved with Camp Happy Days and Courageous Kidz. Debbie has been working at Carolina since 2002.

Gary Hopper
Funeral Director

Gary was born in Missouri and lives in Ladson, SC. He gratuated from Belleville Area University with a degree in Business Management. He served his country in the US Navy and retired as Senior Chief after 30 years. Gary is an active member of the VFW, American Legion, and Fleet Reserve. He has been with Carolina Memorial for eighteen years.

Jennifer Parson
Office Manager

Jennifer was born in Charleston, SC. She lives in Summerville with her two children, Austin and Ainsley. Jennifer graduated from Summerville High School and attended Trident Technical College. She is an active member with the Summerville Junior Service League. She is also involved in the Summerville High School Band Booster Club. Jennifer has been with Carolina Memorial Park since 2002.

Cheryl Rourk
Funeral Home Administrator

Cheryl was born in Charleston, SC. She is a graduate of Hanahan High School and Palmer Business College, where she earned an Associate's Degree in Businesss Administration. She lives in Hanahan and has three daughters and seven granddaughters. Cheryl has been part of the Carolina Memorial Team for seventeen years.

Jamie Shelley
Funeral Director/Embalmer

Jamie Shelley is a native of South Carolina and now lives in Mount Pleasant, SC. He is a graduate of Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service and is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in South Carolina and Georgia. Jamie is a member of the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association and National Funeral Directors Association. Jamie is a Certified Crematory Operator. Jamie has a 5 year old English Springer Spaniel, McKenzie.

Melvin J. Singleton
Carolina Memorial Park Cemetery Superintendent

Melvin was born in Charleston, SC. He lives in Lincolnville with his wife, Connie, and his grandson, Quistion Alexander. He graduated from Chicora High School and is a member of Ebenezer AME Church. Melvin started working with Carolina in 2002 and is the Cemetery Superintendent.

Frank M. "Matt" Way, III
Manager, Funeral Director/Embalmer

Matt was born in Georgetown, SC and lives in Mt. Pleasant with his wife, Lynne, and three sons, Henry, Reed, and Sam. He graduated from Berkeley High School, Spartanburg Methodist College and Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service. He is a member of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practitioners, Carolina Masonic Lodge #375, and Omar Shrine Temple. Matt has been with Carolina since 2003.