G. Carl Cole III
Funeral Director/ Embalmer/Owner
Carl Cole has prepared and interred approximately 8000 people in the Aiken-Augusta area since relocating here in 1979. Carl is a compassionate, caring and service minded professional and his funeral home is not only an occupation but also a labor of love. The goal of Carl Cole and his Cole Funeral Home staff is to deliver the service their customers expect and deserve.
Beginning at age twelve, Carl dreamed of becoming a Funeral Director. This dream began to materialize at age fifteen when he started working at Sutton Funeral Home in Pageland, South Carolina, his hometown. Carl worked there until his graduation in 1977 from Central High School in Pageland. Subsequently, he continued his education in Atlanta, Georgia at the Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science.
Carl moved to Aiken in 1979 after graduating. He worked under the direction of Edward D. George and was supervised by Joseph W. McClellan, who was considered a master in the art of embalming and he taught Carl the proper way to handle every situation. After serving his internship, he received his license from the State Board of Funeral Directors in 1980.
Carl married Cindy Gay of Aiken in 1981.
He worked for George Funeral Home until the death of Edward George in 1986. Following his tenure with George Funeral Home, Carl went to work with JM Posey and Sons in North Augusta, SC. After 10 months, the new owner of George Funeral Home, Joe McClellan, called him and offered him the position of Associate Director.
Two years later he again accepted a position with JM Posey and Sons in Graniteville, SC and he and wife, Cindy, lived there until 1992.
In 1992, Carl accepted an embalmer position in the Anatomic Pathology Department of the Medical College of Georgia. (MCG). He served there as an embalmer for four years and as Autopsy Lab Supervisor for six years. He also lent his assistance to Shellhouse Funeral Home during this time as they built their business.
During this time, Carl and Cindy welcomed their son, Shane.
After 10 years at MCG, Carl felt a great urge to return to his dream of funeral directing and accepted a position with Platt’s Funeral Home then went to Elliott Sons Funeral home in Augusta, GA. Carl was also dreaming of opening his own funeral home in Aiken, SC and his three years at Platt’s enhanced his knowledge and ability in funeral directing.
In 2006, Carl and Cindy decided to create Cole Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Inc. They purchased the former Liberty Christian School and Temple Baptist Church campus and began renovations on their dream project. With support and trust from Cindy and much assistance from family and friends, their dream became a reality in April 2007.
Carl is a member of the Sunrise Rotary Club of Aiken, is a Gideon with the East Camp here in Aiken.
Carl and Cindy are active members of Grace Covenant Church of God in New Ellenton