MOULTRIE — A local funeral home in business over a century that was corporately owned returned to local ownership Friday.

Robby Faircloth, manager and former owner of Harrell-Faircloth Funeral Home, said Baker Funeral Home bought Harrell-Faircloth. The sale was completed Friday and allows the two funeral homes to join forces and their many years of expertise in the funeral industry.

“We’re now serving together to serve the community and families in Moultrie,” Faircloth said.

Terry Baker, co-owner of Baker Funeral Home with his brother Joe, said Harrell-Faircloth will be family owned and operated the same way as Baker. The Harrell-Faircloth name will remain, and Faircloth will remain on as manager of the funeral home.

“We’re excited about the purchase and excited about Robby staying on,” Baker said. “It’s really an honor to follow the Harrell name.”

In addition to Harrell-Faircloth Funeral Home, Baker said Pinecrest Memory Gardens was also purchased.

The funeral home started as Henderson Funeral Home in 1901 and was owned by the Harrell family. It has been corporately owned for several years.

“We’re excited about it,” Faircloth said, “and I’m looking forward to working with them. I’m excited to join with them and serve our community. We’re certainly looking forward to the opportunity afforded us here in Colquitt County.”

Baker said the staffs at Baker and Harrell-Faircloth will be joined together to help make both funeral homes work together and look at being more efficient. No layoffs are planned with the purchase, but a couple of Harrell-Faircloth employees left prior to the sale. Carol Parker, an employee at Harrell-Faircloth for 42 years, retired but will still help out part-time.

“We’re really proud it’s worked out the way it has,” Baker said. “We were competitors but never enemies.”

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