McAlister-Smith Funeral & Cremation James Island

Every life is unique & should be celebrated. The Final Ride allows you to personalize the burial or cremation service with a Harley-Davidson drawn Hearse.

Serving the Lowcountry since 1886, we offer four convenient locations to serve you: West Ashley, Goose Creek, Mount Pleasant and James Island. Please visit our website at

Operating as usual

We honor the life and legacy of Brig. General Chuck Yeager.

On this 79th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, we honor the memory of the soldiers and their families. We will never forget!

What a blessing to participate with James Island Baptist Church and James Island residents in shopping to assist the James Island Food Pantry. Christmas music, joyful hearts and a dedication to serve.

This is such a wonderful outreach to support.

Christmas is just around the corner and that means our Angel Memorial Wreath program is underway! If you would like to preorder your wreath, please call or email our newest team member, Lisa Baggett. Lisa is an absolute joy to work with and loves our ministry and our families. She can be reached at [email protected] or by calling 843-795-2111 and choosing Option 3.

Wreaths remain $35.00 and can be picked up at our offices beginning Monday, November 30th. Should the wreaths arrive sooner we will contact everyone that has preorders right away! Based on the number of requests we received last year, we are offering an optional cemetery stand for $10.00 more.

Large orders to a single location qualify for free delivery (10 or more) so ask your neighbors and Church friends, civic clubs and even fellow gym members if they’d like to participate!

Here are a few pictures of last year’s wreaths. I decorated mine with a fun, oversized Christmas ornament🥰.

Please join us in extending birthday greetings to our dear friend and Finance Director, Janie Brown. We are so grateful for you, Janie, and for the many hats you wear!

[11/10/20]   In honor of Veteran's Day, we were delighted to drop off sweets as a small token off thanks to those who served Our Country.

Thank you, Nurse Practitioners, for serving on the front lines of healthcare!

Today and always, we honor those who have served Our Country.

We appreciate the mission and dedication of the team at Bridges for End-of-Life.

We honor every caregiver. Thank you!

We are delighted to announce that Coastal Carolina Boy Scouts was selected as the latest recipient of the Matthews Childrens Foundation Grant. We honor the mission of the Boy Scouts and the impact they make in the lives of youth. Thank you, Jimmy Crook, for sharing your passion and dedication and congratulations on 30 years with the organization!

Thank you Pattison's Academy for providing the perfect visual to enter the weekend. We are all ready to race toward that extra hour of sleep after enjoying trick or treat sweets!

Every day is an opportunity to honor our First Responders!

Franklin & Associates

We are thankful that Barbara Franklin is committed to advising and empowering consumers.

What is not covered by Medicare? Many people will be surprised by #2 on this list!

We are so appreciative of the expertise our community partners provide. Thank you Wiles Law Firm, LLC for educating and assisting the Lowcountry.

Check out our latest blog, "What is Probate & How Can We Help" here >>>
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We are so appreciative of Perry Orth of Brown and Brown Insurance for the excellent service he provides. #insurancemanagementgroup

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Did you know October 11-17 is National Case Management Week?

From the Case Management Society of America website: "Case management serves as a means for achieving client wellness and autonomy through advocacy, communication, education, identification of service resources and service facilitation."

We want to recognize and salute the case managers in our community. Thank you for all that you do!


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We are honored to collaborate with other service providers in the recognition of all Acute Care Case Managers in the region. Happy Case Management Week to the healthcare heroes!

Today, we were so honored to celebrate the birthday of our James Island Event Center Administrator, Denise McElwee. Thank you, Denise for all that you do for our team as well as the families we serve!

We so appreciate for the kindness of the James Island Christian School 7th grade students for their encouraging words and delicious cookies.

MUSC Center on Aging

Next Saturday you won't want to miss the All About Seniors Drive Thru Senior Resource Summit and fresh free produce from Trident Area Agency on Aging and FirstLight Home Care of Charleston

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Supportive Care is essential after experiencing loss. Here are some practical ways to assist. Most of the time, when a person loses a loved one, it does not make the evening news. There is no outpouring of national support. The bereaved may feel isolated in their suffering and need the support of family, friends, and community to carry them forward. But it can be hard to connect with a famil...

Think of Me When… A Conversation about Funeral Planning

Making decisions about how you would like to be remembered or how you would like to honor a loved one does not need to be overwhelming. This short video features the accounts from individuals who share their personal journey of advancing planning and the benefits of making arrangements ahead of time. For more information, please feel free to email [email protected] or call 843-722-8371 to speak with a Licensed Advance Planning Director. Thinking about your own death isn't easy, but you might be surprised to learn that thousands of healthy, happy people plan for their own death each day. And ...

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Celebrating Your Life, Your Way. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

You are invited to join this webinar that discusses the many options for personalizing advance funeral planning. It includes helpful information for those who are interested in choosing cremation. Save the date: Tuesday, September 22nd at 7 PM EST. You are invited to a very important event to share the many benefits of planning your funeral in advance, including reducing the emotional and financial burden on your family. Please join us for more information about cremation and how advance planning is a gift for both you and your loved ones.

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Honoring You and Your Service. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Join us for an exclusive event for Veterans. We want to help you get the most of your Veterans’ benefits and explore how advance planning can help reduce the emotional burden on your family.

Please join us to learn on how advance planning can benefit you and your loved ones.

Save the Date
Oct 20, 2020 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join us for an exclusive event for Veterans. We want to help you get the most of your Veterans’ benefits and explore how advance planning can help reduce the emotional burden on your family. Please join us to learn on how advance planning can benefit you and your loved ones.

6 Tips for Having ‘The Talk’ Over the Holidays | Moultrie News – Sponsored Pages Directory

You're going to spend time sharing stories with your loved ones on Thanksgiving any way. Why not record some of it? You'll feel good about it- we promise!

[10/17/16]   Seats are limited! RSVP for our Thursday event!

Muhammad Ali’s Final Ride - From The Hearse Driver

You don't have to be Muhammed Ali to plan your funeral, but you can learn a lesson by reading about his Final Ride. He and his family planned the route from the funeral home to the cemetery-making sure to drive past his childhood home. While most of us won't have hundreds of roses thrown at our hearse, we can still organize a trip down memory lane with our family!

Join us in the movement to plan your Final Ride Then there was the second flower, and the third, the fourth, and soon a cascade. Through it all, he focused on making sure the man lying in back — about two feet behind him over his right shoulder,...

[06/30/16]   We are excited to roll out this feature of our services! With The Final Ride, we are offering cost-effective plans for people to personalize their funeral. Featured in our first few posts is our Harley Hearse. Owned by McAlister-Smith, this can be made available to you and your family. We will also feature many other unique features such as Yacht excursions and golf outings. And we will be looking for your unique ideas too!

Please share this page with others you know so we can show Charleston what a Final Ride should be!

Our Story

As the most trusted funeral home in the local area, McAlister-Smith Funeral & Cremation James Island works hard to maintain its solid reputation by offering excellent services to all families. This funeral home carries a long tradition of supporting the community. The business started in 1886 and offers more than a century of quality care for families from all walks of life. When it is time to say goodbye to someone you love, it is essential that a meaningful, proper, respectful ceremony is designed. Every life is honored through the retelling of the persons story, including the person’s highlights and accomplishments over the years. A variety of service options are available through McAlister-Smith Funeral & Cremation James Island. The team has the experience to help with everything from memorial ceremonies to direct cremation or traditional funeral services. Military honors and Veteran services can be coordinated as requested by the family. Other unique services include green burial, Harley-Davidson displays, or horse-drawn carriage rides. The staff at McAlister-Smith Funeral & Cremation James Island is equipped to support funeral events of all sizes. Large groups can be hosted in the spacious meeting rooms. Or, smaller areas can be booked for intimate gatherings. The ultimate goal is to ensure that every family receives a personalized, custom experience. If loved ones can not come to the funeral home for the event, then the services can be shared through live streaming. Additionally, the funeral home is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to share video tributes. Catering can be provided for events. Additionally, an on-site crematory is offered to ensure the highest levels of respect during all stages of the cremation. Four beautiful funeral home locations are offered in the local area. Services are provided to families in all of the nearby cities, including Charleston, North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Goose Creek, James Island, Summerville, West Ashley, Hanahan, and more. When it is time to schedule funeral services, then McAlister-Smith Funeral & Cremation James Island is the team to call. Learn about available services by visiting the nearest funeral home, located at 347 Folly Rd Charleston, SC 29412. Call to book an appointment: (843) 614-8494.

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