Funeral home offers cremation services in Cherokee County
by Michelle Babcock
September 01, 2013 12:00 AM | 9358 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Woodstock's Lakeside Funeral Home offers the county's only on-site crematorium, which started operating last week. Lakeside owner and operator Kyle Standridge. <br>Staff/Todd Hull
Woodstock's Lakeside Funeral Home offers the county's only on-site crematorium, which started operating last week. Lakeside owner and operator Kyle Standridge.
Staff/Todd Hull
WOODSTOCK — A locally owned and operated funeral home is now providing Cherokee County’s only on-site crematorium, which opened for operation last Wednesday.

Lakeside Funeral Home in Woodstock has been opened for a little more than two years, and is co-owned and operated by Kyle Standridge, who also oversees the operation of the new cremation services on-site.

Standridge said Friday that everything his funeral home does is done to make the families they serve feel more comfortable during challenging times.

“We’re personal. When a death occurs, 98 percent of the time it’s going to be me … it’s going to personally be me involved with each step the whole way through,” Standridge said. “Everything is done here on-site, and now, even cremation.”

Lakeside Funeral Home does not have closing hours, Standridge said, because he wants to be there to “work with folks” whenever necessary.

“We’ve had maybe 140 families so far, in the two years that we’ve been here, so we’re continually growing,” he said. “Every funeral home offers cremation, but everyone else in the county contracts elsewhere. We’re lucky enough to be the first and only (in Cherokee to do it on-site).”

Standridge said the Woodstock mayor and City Council approved the addition of the crematorium in April 2012, and it “took a while to get the financing in place to get the crematory here.”

“Taking care of the families is what we do; it’s our job. It’s the very most important part of our job and this allows another level of comfort to those families. Knowing that their family member doesn’t have to travel around to anywhere else, that everything is done here, on-site,” Standridge said.

Standridge said, ultimately, his goal with the new crematorium at Lakeside Funeral Home is to bring comfort to family members who are going through a difficult time.

“We do have a room adjacent to the crematory, separated by a window, and that will allow families to witness their loved one being placed inside the retort (chamber),” Standridge said. “The reason that’s in place is because that Tri-State Crematory (in northwest Georgia), several years ago, (the operator) wasn’t cremating folks. His machine had broken and he had such a workload coming in that he started putting them in the back and in the lake.”

Standridge said the Lakeside Funeral Home offers relatives the peace of mind that this will not happen in Woodstock’s crematorium.

“It was horrible; he’ll be in jail forever. But what he did was place a tiny bit of doubt in folks’ minds,” Standridge said. “Some people need the proof and the peace of mind, so that’s available.”

The funeral home is at 121 Claremore Drive in Woodstock, and offers a wide range of personalized service options to help families commemorate and memorialize their loved ones, Standridge said.

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