Philosophy & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our Philosophy

“Honor, Dignity, and Respect” is the cornerstone of our business and is at the heart of our owner, Marcus Yocum's personal creed.

Raised on Andrews Airforce Base, the son of a Master Sergeant, and spending years employed at the Dover Airforce Base Mortuary, he was instilled daily with these attributes at an early age and now strives to imprint these values as the foundation of our business model as well.

We are a local, family owned facility; created to provide an environment of quality, comfort, and care so that you can focus on celebrating the life of your loved ones.

The funeral process does not have to be one of stress, anxiety, and high expense; as all of our burial and cremation options are affordable and of high value.

While “Honor, Dignity and Respect” remains our standard, we believe families also deserve affordability and the professional value of our provided services. We do this by supplying our own signature brand of personalized services; all at a reasonable price to the Charleston community.

It is our goal to honor the traditions of yesterday, while helping you create the traditions of tomorrow.


Our Valued Staff

  • Marcus A. Yocum

    Marcus A. Yocum

    The owner and founder of Charleston Cremation Center and Funeral Home, Marcus has been a licensed Funeral Director for nearly 20 years.  Having no immediate family in the funeral industry, he began his funeral career in 1992, by washing hearses at a local funeral home in Waldorf, Maryland.

    After high school, he maintained a part time position with the funeral home, while pursuing his Bachelors Degree from Frostburg State University (where in 1995) he met his future wife, Kari.
    Upon graduation, he continued his pursuit of funeral licensure and soon received his Mortuary Science Degree in 1999 and has maintained his license as a Funeral Director and Embalmer since graduation.

    After relocating to Delaware in 2000, Marcus oversaw the set up and start up of two separate crematories, all while conducting funeral services, meeting and helping at-need families, as well as going to work for the Dover Port Mortuary during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
    In 2006 Marcus and Kari made their final move to Mt. Pleasant, where they planted their roots, having two sons, Gunnar and Brock. Moving to South Carolina, he began a career as an independent contractor providing pre-need services for a local funeral home. It was there that he discovered what families "really" wanted.

    His goal is to offer the Charleston community quality end of life care; catered to each specific family, all at an affordable price. Whether that choice includes cremation, a traditional burial, a memorial service, a celebration of life or anywhere in between, Charleston Cremation Center will provide unparalleled service and value during your family's time of need.

  • Rick Hennigar

    Rick Hennigar

    Rick has been in the Charleston funeral service business since 2009 as a Funeral Associate and Vital Records Specialist. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Wofford College in 1977, with continuing education in Physics and Chemistry at the College of Charleston.
    Rick has lived in the Lowcountry for over 5 decades and has witnessed the galvanization and progress of the Tri-County area. He shall continue to do the same. He resides in Mount Pleasant with his wife Leslie and has a son, Gordon Ross Hennigar, who recently graduated from Winthrop University.

    Rick has earned his position with Charleston Cremation Center & Funeral Home for his manner and professionalism in which he supports the service to families, striving to make each family's interaction as pleasant as possible. Care, compassion, truth and honor are Rick's core strengths. In addition, his experience as a liaison between DHEC, Vital Records, the Coroner's Office and the medical community; ease the burdening process for the family.

    Outside of work, Rick is a lover of sports, especially sailing. He has been on the water since the age of ten and gone from Charleston to Bermuda, New York to the Caribbean, and on.

  • Alton W. Tyler II

    Alton W. Tyler II

    Alton is a native of the the Lowcountry, born and raised on John's Island. He spent most of his adult life working in Public Service as a Firefighter. His career in the fire service afforded him the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills, focused on serving and protecting the community.

    His education includes attending the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, South Carolina Fire Academy and numerous other educational facilities. After 30 years in Public service, Alton retired as a Division Chief with Mount Pleasant Fire Department.

    Since retirement, he ventured into a second career in the Funeral Business, or as he considers it, "an extension of his career in public service", as he continues to help and serve families in need. He currently resides on James Island and enjoys many hobbies including hunting, fishing and wood working.