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All County Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to offer full body burial at sea as a Green alternative to traditional burial. We offer this service at an unmatched price of $2495. Many families are unaware of this great option.  As well, we offering scattering of cremated remains (ashes) at sea for just $100. Please feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have.  This service is offered through our Lake Worth location in Palm Beach County, as well as our Stuart location in Martin County.  We are able to offer this service to the communities of Vero Beach, Port St. Lucie, Stuart, Palm City, Okeechobee, Hobe Sound, Tequesta, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Miami and all other communities in the greater Treasure Coast/South Florida area. 
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West Palm Beach's Quattlebaum funeral home razed to make way for parking - Read more: http://pbpo.st/1rAadji

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Quattlebaum funeral business acquired by industry giant; PBAU buys property


Updated: 5:53 p.m. Thursday, July 18, 2013  |  Posted: 12:02 p.m. Thursday, July 18, 2013

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Quattlebaum Funeral and Cremation Services, in business since 1955, has been acquired by Houston-based Service Corporation International.
By Susan Salisbury - Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

WEST PALM BEACH —

The Quattlebaum family’s funeral home has co-existed with Palm Beach Atlantic University since the university’s founding in 1968, and is surrounded by PBAU’s parking lots and buildings on three sides.

Now the business G. Earl Quattlebaum started in 1955 with two partners has been sold to the world’s largest funeral home and cemetery network, and PBAU is purchasing the one-acre property and 17,000-square-foot building at 1201 S. Olive Avenue.

Quattlebaum Funeral and Cremation Services has been acquired by Houston-based Service Corporation International, which owns and operates the Dignity Memorial network funeral providers, the companies announced Thursday.

PBAU President William Fleming Jr. said Thursday the real estate deal for an as yet undisclosed amount is not scheduled to close until later this year. He expects the building to be razed and replaced by a landscaped parking lot, for the time being.

“The college has grown up around it. Our admissions office is south. So as our prospective students and their families come into town to visit us from 40 different states, as they are getting a campus tour, they are walking past the Quattlebaum Funeral Home. This will enable us to clean up the landscape and that will be very appealing to campus visitors,” Fleming said.

Eventually, the PBAU board will refresh the campus master plan, and if it decides to construct a building, the money would have to be raised, Fleming said.

Greg Quattlebaum, 51, who managed the funeral business with his sister Gale Schiffman, 60, and brother Gary Quattlebaum, 59, — all three have worked there since their high school days — said Thursday that both SCI and PBAU have been interested for years in acquiring the business and property, respectively.

“We have always had a phenomenal relationship with the university. In their plans it never became a front-burner issue. With Bill Fleming in there, who comes from a development mindset, if it is ever going to be brought to the front, it would be now,” Quattlebaum said.

“We are really excited about this. It is a win, win, win. The university is realizing a dream come true. We are pivotal in their master plan. The community is better served by us expanding our services geographically,” Quattlebaum said.

None of the younger Quattlebaum family members wants to go into the funeral business.

“Everybody is worried about where we are going. We are going to be in more places — same faces, new places,” Quattlebaum said. “They already have a network of funeral homes in the area.”

SCI, which owns and operates 1,437 funeral homes and 374 cemeteries in 43 states, eight Canadian provinces and the District of Columbia, has 111 funeral homes and 54 cemeteries in Florida. Of those, nine funeral homes and four cemeteries are in Palm Beach County.

“We plan to utilize the Quattlebaum name at a number of our other properties, however details are still being worked out,” SCI spokeswoman Jessica McDunn said.

The company’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker SCI, and it had 2012 revenues of $2.41 billion.

Following a scandal that came to light more a decade ago, SCI-owned cemeteries in suburban West Palm Beach and Southwest Ranches in Broward County were the subject of class action malpractice lawsuits involving cemetery atrocities and grave desecration including misplaced bodies, smashed vaults, misplaced and oversold plots. Previously known as Menorah Gardens, and renamed Star of David Cemetery, the cemeteries were placed under court supervision and the parties agreed to a $100 million settlement.

SCI funeral homes near Quattlebaum are Mizell-Faville-Zern and I.J. Morris Funeral Directors, both in West Palm Beach, Dorsey-E. Earl Smith Memory Gardens Funeral Home in Lake Worth and Howard-Price Funeral Home in North Palm Beach.

Greg Quattlebaum is serving as an SCI general manager, Gary Quattlebaum as a location manager and Schiffman as an office manager. Their mother Phyllis Quattlebaum works as an ambassador for the firm.

“The building goes back to 1915. This was on the outskirts of town. It became a funeral home in the 1920s. Through a series of expansions and ownership of my Dad, it has been added on to to what we see now,” Quattlebaum said.

About 350 funerals are held each year at Quattlebaum, known for its top-quality, personalized service. Over the years it has handled the funerals of former Gov. Claude Kirk, former Florida Senate President Phil Lewis, Perry Como, sportscaster Curt Gowdy and recently, Lilly Pulitzer.
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