Funeral home ends partnership with Horton
By William F. West
Sunday, November 12, 2017
A local funeral home that opened this past summer is undergoing management changes.
The former Horton and Sanderlin Funeral and Cremation Services, at the corner of South Road and East Grice streets, will become part of Beach Funeral and Cremation Services. Beach Funeral and Cremation is based in Virginia Beach, Va.
Beach Funeral and Cremation Owner Kevin Sanderlin said he and his family members decided to dissolve the partnership in Elizabeth City with City Councilor Darius Horton.
Sanderlin declined to discuss the details of the reason, except to say, "I just think we (the Beach Funeral and Cremation organization) can better serve the community."
Sanderlin said the partnership with Horton ended nearly four weeks ago and said the building in Elizabeth City hasn't been in use since then. He said he and his wife will be leading the Elizabeth City operation, and plans call for a full staff to be in place to receive clients by Monday morning.
He said Beach Funeral and Cremation administrative staff will help in the meantime, but Elizabeth City area residents will be hired as employees.
“We do have about three people from the community on that end that are coming aboard to be a part of our staff,” he said.
Sanderlin said Beach Funeral and Cremation has a proven reputation and does quality work.
“So, I think once people get to know me personally, they will see a whole lot of things that they like,” he said.
“And I think by our team stepping in and taking over, we can continue what we do in Virginia, and we can branch it out to Elizabeth City,” he said.
Attempts to obtain comment from Horton for this story were unsuccessful. He has a funeral and cremation business in Hertford.
Horton and Sanderlin held a grand opening on July 9 at the northeast corner of North Road and East Grice. The building had been the main local office of First Citizens Bank until March 2015.
At the former First Citizens building at South Road and East Grice, Horton and Sanderlin had opened for business this past summer with an approximately 7,000-square-foot facility and a chapel with the ability to accommodate 200 people. Sanderlin said he has owned the building since July 2016.
Asked whether he has plans to do anything else to the building, Sanderlin said, "Initially no, but in the future we will."
Sanderlin, 46, has been in the funeral home business since he was 18. He has owned his own funeral home the past 12 years.