Dial-Murray Funeral Home: Family helping families

When a loved one dies, the shock of grief and loss can be overwhelming. The caring professionals at Dial-Murray funeral home can help.

A highly- trained, compassionate staff is available around the clock, and can assist bereaved families with all aspects of funeral arrangements. Service is always personalized, thoughtful and caring.

Michelle A. “Shelly” Cooper, president and funeral director at Dial-Murray, said she’s proud of her staff for “assisting me in providing the best service to the people we serve that we possibly can.”

There’s one crucial characteristic required of Dial-Murray employees: “You definitely have to have a passion for helping people to be in this profession,” Shelly said.

“It is most often very long hours and is very demanding.”

Dial-Murray Funeral Home has been in continuous business since 1949, when J. Chalmers Dial and his wife, Lorraine, opened Berkeley County’s first funeral home on Main Street in Moncks Corner.

Three years later, the business moved to 300 West Main St., where it operates today.

In 1974, employee George P. Murray purchased the business and changed the name to Dial-Murray Funeral Home. Twenty-one years later Shelly, a long-time employee, purchased the funeral home.

She spearheaded an expansion and remodeling project that added two visitation rooms, a new casket selection area and more parking.

“This funeral home is still serving families it began serving when it opened in 1949,” Shelly pointed out.

The staff at Dial-Murray can assist in pre-planning funerals, from simple to elaborate. All the myriad details associated with the death of a loved one are handled with tact, sympathy and concern.

“The most important thing a family needs to know is that we are here for them--not only to help them through the funeral process, but also afterwards when they are in need of guidance and help with the possible multitudes of paperwork they may experience and other needs they may have,” Shelly said.

Shelly has more than 35 years of experience in the funeral industry.

In addition to being a licensed funeral director, she’s also an embalmer and insurance agent. A graduate of Berkeley High School, she earned an accounting degree from the University of South Carolina, and an associate’s degree in science from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, Ga., where she was valedictorian.

She is a member of Pi Sigma Eta, the Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia, the S.C. Funeral Directors’ Association and the National Funeral Directors’ Association. She also serves on the State Board of Funeral Service and is a co-founder and former co-owner of Oak Hill Cemetery, the county’s newest perpetual care cemetery, in Moncks Corner.