State: Funeral Home Open After License Suspended


By Alicia Barnes

CHESTER, S.C. (AP) _ State officials realized a Chester funeral home was operating without a license after a newspaper in Rock Hill published an obituary for a funeral it was handling.

The Herald of Rock Hill reported ( ) that the state Board of Funeral Service contacted the newspaper last week after an obituary ran April 18 mentioning Denton Funeral Services of Chester was handling arrangements

The board suspended Denton's license in September 2012 for selling a prearranged funerals without a license. The funeral home had gotten in trouble before for not putting money paid for prearranged funerals into a trust fund.

The board asked the newspaper for any other obituaries placed by Denton Funeral Services since its license was suspended. The newspaper found nine.

The funeral home owner refused to talk about the suspension.

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