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The caring and experienced professionals at Beckman-Williamson Funeral Homes & Crematory are here to support you through this difficult time.  We offer a range of personalized services to suit your family’s wishes and requirements.  You can count on us to help you plan a personal, lasting tribute to your loved one.  And we’ll carefully guide you through the many decisions that must be made during this challenging time.

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Press Release 


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Planning a funeral is very much an art and a personal thing. For the most part, the people who, plan and direct funeral services Brevard and cremation services Brevard today are people who work for large corporations that own hundreds, if not thousands, of similar businesses across the country, and in some cases even around the world. These larger, more impersonal funeral practices - some of them throughout Brevard County - have sales quotas to meet and stockholders to satisfy for funeral services Brevard and cremation services Brevard.

Not so with the owners of the Beckman-Williamson Funeral Homes in Brevard County who offer the highest of quality funeral services Brevard and cremation services Brevard.. Ollie Follweiler, Lamar Hudgins, Bill Pickens and Charles Sikes are homegrown Floridians who have been helping the bereaved in this area for many years. Now the new Beckman-Williamson location in Viera will be set to bring the company into the 21st Century, fully equipped to handle the needs of the people through many years to come for funeral services Brevard and cremation services Brevard.

Both the homes in the company - the original location in Cocoa Beach and the new facility in Viera - are equipped to handle virtually any family request. "In Florida, where the law requires a local instate funeral home to prepare remains for shipment north," says Ollie Follweiler, "we're among the homes that can take care of that, and we can also take care of cremation in our own facilities." We offer the best funeral services Brevard and cremation services Brevard. 

Ollie FolJweiler has been in the industry for more than thirty years. He started in north-central Florida, working in a local ambulance service. 

"You can do a lot for people at a real hard and low point in their lives," he says. "In our business, little things mean a great deal to people who have lost a loved one, and funeral services Brevard and cremation services Brevard are of great importance.” 

He's a past Vocational Director of the Cocoa Beach Rotary Club, and he's the former team leader of a Rotary Group study team that went to New Zealand and worked a week at a time in many different funeral homes there. He's also a founding member of the Independent Funeral Directors of Florida, where he served six years. 

"Our business is changing so fast," he states. "Large corporations - conglomerates - have been buying up family owned funeral homes, who offer funeral services Brevard and cremation services Brevard, over the years and have high-pressure sales and the personal touch is no [anger there. We plan to stay independent."

The way Charles Sikes came into the business was with a chance meeting with Ollie Follweiler. It was 25 years ago. Sikes had had a family friend who'd owned a funeral home and he'd become interested in the business that way. He got together with Ollie, and the rest is history, with the two of them taking care of peoples need for funeral services Brevard and cremation services Brevard. 

"Most people," says Sikes, "have not been through the process of losing a loved one, even though the statistics show us that the population is aging. We still have to guide people and families through the process. Literally, I'm thankful every day that I can ease a family's pain and grief with the industry standards for funeral services Brevard and cremation services Brevard." "In our business, not everyone remembers if you did a good job," he smiles. "But they'll always remember if you made a mistake!" 

Charles Sikes says he thinks independent funeral homes have the chance now to reclaim the industry from the large corporate operations for funeral services Brevard and cremation services Brevard. "We do a better job for less money and we give much better personal service," he says. Like his partners, Sikes is deeply involved in the community through the Masons and the Elks. 

Bill Pickens lost his mother when he was 10 years old. In his case, the funeral director who helped his family get through the grief left a huge impression on him. Bill's been in the business of guiding families through their own personal grief now for 25 years. 

Lamar Hudgins, another of the four partners, says, "A grieving family is very vulnerable, and we have to treat their wishes as though those wishes were our own." And they do this through professional funeral services Brevard and cremation services Brevard.

"I've been in this business for forty years," he says as we sit around the big table at the back of the Cocoa Beach location. "Looking back, it wasn't something I planned to do. It all started as a part-time job while I was at college," he smiles, "but I had some experiences then that convinced me I was well suited for the demands placed on a funeral director." 

"I’m excited about our company's expansion into Viera," he says, and the others nod. "Ollie, Charles and Bill are in a position to grow this company and take excellent care of the people in that area," he says. 

"This is a home-owned independent funeral home offering funeral services Brevard and cremation services Brevard," says Ollie. "It's important that we communicate that every time we talk about our business," he says. "We're the people inside the community who have to live and work in that community every day," he stresses, "and that's what produces the quality that we've offered our clients over the years. We're here to help and to make sure that your wishes and wants in a funeral - no matter what they are - are answered."


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