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Our Story

Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.

Ever since we opened our gates we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are not a burial ground. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.

Established in 1985, the cemetery was started by a native couple to the area. In 2013, James Funeral Home acquired the cemetery and run the cemetery along with the funeral home and crematory. We are family owned and here to serve your family.

Meet the Business Owner

My name is Sam James and I was born and raised in Huntersville. I have grown to love this area and want to spend my life offering this community quality funeral services at an affordable price.

My interest in funeral services began as a five year old visiting the local funeral home in Huntersville. As a curious kid, I had lots of questions and wanted the answers. When I was 16, I went and asked Mr. Raymer for a job and my career as a funeral director began. I worked at the funeral home through high school and even while in college. I graduated from Erskine College in Due West, SC with a Bachelor of Science and the SC College of Funeral Services with my Associates Degree in Funeral Services. I moved back to Huntersville and continued to work at the funeral home, where I served my apprenticeship under Mr. Raymer and really learned how to care for people and treat them as I would like to be treated. I moved on to become general manager.

After graduating from the SC College of Funeral Services, I was asked to begin their online funeral service ed program. I did so and continue to teach several classes a semester there. I have had the opportunity to do teaching engagements in various places including China and Australia.

I left Raymer Funeral Home in October 2010 to open James Funeral Home.

I have the privilege of serving this community through the Lake Norman Rotary Club, a board member for the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, and as a past board member for The Serenity House. In 2008, I married the most wonderful girl in the world, Elizabeth Davis, now Elizabeth James. We are blessed with two children–Henry and Violet. We are members of Huntersville A.R.P. Church.

I really love my work as a funeral director and put my heart into what I do. I am blessed to have a job that I love.

If you have any questions, I would be more than happy to speak with you. My contact information is to the left. Thank you for allowing me to serve this community.

Warmest Regards,

Sam James

Who We Are

Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.

Sam  James

Sam James

Funeral Director and President
Dwaine  Hampton

Dwaine Hampton

Funeral Director
Chris  Webster

Chris Webster

Funeral Director
Steve  James

Steve James

Funeral Asst
Pam  James

Pam James

Mike  Johnson

Mike Johnson

Funeral Asst
Gary  Williams

Gary Williams

Funeral Asst
Michael  Odem

Michael Odem

Cemetery Administrator
Greer  Dickerson

Greer Dickerson

Funeral Asst
Steve Baker

Steve Baker

Funeral Assistant

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