R. O. LEVY HOME FOR FUNERALS
R.O. Levy was established January 1985 in a modest facility to serve Batesburg-Leesville, Monetta, Ridge Spring, Gilbert and the surrounding communities. Now servicing Lexington, Richland, Saluda, Newberry, Edgefield and Aiken counties, R. O. Levy Home For Funerals is located at 415 Cedar Street, across from the Batesburg-Leesville Elementary and Middle Schools on South Lee Street. Established January 1985 in this community, our present 6,500 square foot funeral home opened in March 2000. R. O. Levy is in his 36th year in this community and has always been committed to personal service first. He will continue this tradition of personal, professional quality service that has been a trademark of R. O. Levy Home For Funerals. He states, “ For the past 36 years, we at R. O. Levy Home For Funerals have provided families with sound advice, affordable, caring and personalized family service. We are dedicated to being compassionate, understanding and meeting the individualized needs of the families we serve.”
The funeral home has been designed to reflect the philosophy of service that R. O. Levy offers: comfort, caring, quality and personal attention. The west side entrance provides a covered portico and opens into the main chapel that can comfortably accommodate 250 individuals. The chapel features a cathedral type ceiling. Twelve sidelight windows surround the chapel with two on the north and south sides. The chapel is also accessed from the north and south lobbies.
The south lobby, coming off a covered porch, features a raised vaulted ceiling with ceiling fans and track lighting that highlight African American religious art and art from Kenya, made of weaving fabrics dyed various colors, along the 12-foot walls. The main lobby features three oil painting by renowned artist A. Nunge of Kenya, along with a showcase of artifacts depicting the Mossia Tribe and animals of the region.
The north lobby, entered by a covered ramp from the parking lot, features a 10-foot by 10-foot stone covered waterfall casting down upon flowers, peace lilies, vines and elephant ears. Track lighting highlights not only the waterfall but also black and Masonic art along the 12-foot high walls and vaulted ceiling. The family room interior, where remains repose, is furnished in a warm, inviting and comfortable home-like style. Also featured in the room is a reading library area of various versions of Old and New Testament books and study material on each book of the bible. Bible study students are encouraged to use the library of over 200 items during non-service time.
The selection room features twelve units with spotlights that highlight each unit displayed. A lighted vault display unit and clothing racks of suits and dresses complete the room. The two–table embalming room features an electric ceiling body lift that enables casketing. The main office/arrangement room has a private rest room and a direct entrance to the selection room.
January 2018, Professional Mortuary Services established
PMS MEMORIAL GARDENS
A two acre burial ground adjacent to the funeral home.
R. O. Levy has three sons, Reuben Jr., Renaldo, and ReJan; and one grandson, Reginald. R. O. Levy is a 1971 graduate of Morris College, Sumter, South Carolina and 1975 graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science, Chicago, Illinois.
R. O. Levy, Sr. is licensed in South Carolina and New York.