Who  We Are

Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.

Carl M. Pennington III

Carl M. Pennington III

Funeral Director
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Judy Brown

Judy Brown

Funeral Assistant
Mr. C. M. (Mel) Pennington IV

Mr. C. M. (Mel) Pennington IV

Funeral Director
Steven Winburn

Steven Winburn

Funeral Director & Chaplain
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Walter Brown

Walter Brown

Funeral Director
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Billy Atkins

Billy Atkins

Funeral Director
Leroy Brown

Leroy Brown

Funeral Assistant
Don McDaniel

Don McDaniel

Funeral Assistant
Tommy Livingston

Tommy Livingston

Funeral Assistant
Al Mullis

Al Mullis

Funeral Assistant
Lawrence Hope

Lawrence Hope

Funeral Assistant
Kim Cranford

Kim Cranford

Funeral Assistant
Trai Lewis

Trai Lewis

Funeral Assistant
Lee Taylor

Lee Taylor

Funeral Assistant
Jeff Steen

Jeff Steen

Funeral Assistant
Ansel Hughes

Ansel Hughes

Office Assistant
Larry Elrod

Larry Elrod

Funeral Assistant

Our Family Legacy.

In 1915, Carl Melvin Pennington Sr. moved from Byrdtown to Hartsville and purchased the funeral parlor located in M. D. Byrd’s furniture store (current location of Da Massimo Ristorante Italiano on West Carolina Avenue).The Brown brothers, Heyward, Loraine and Claude, opened the Brown Funeral Home in 1922 in conjunction with their monument company, Hartsville Marble Works.In 1929, the Brown Funeral Home was moved from Carolina Avenue to the Brown residence (built in 1903) on West Home Avenue (current location of our funeral home). Leon Pennington, son of C. Melvin Pennington, managed the Pennington Funeral Home until 1939, when he and Heyward Brown merged their funeral homes, forming the Brown-Pennington Funeral Home. The funeral home was remodeled and a chapel was added in 1957.

With the death of Heyward in 1967 and Leon in 1968, the funeral home changed its name to Brown-Pennington-Atkins to reflect the addition of a longtime employee, C.W. (Billy) Atkins, as a new partner. At that time, Walter Brown and Howard Brown, sons of Heyward Brown, became partners along with Carl. M. (C. M.) Pennington Jr., son of C. Melvin Pennington. In 1995, Carl M. Pennington III and Kimrey Pennington, sons of C. M. Pennington, along with Walter Brown, became third generation partners in the funeral home. Carl M. (Mel) Pennington IV, son of Carl Pennington, joined the funeral home in 2001 and is a fourth generation funeral director. In 2014, we opened Hartsville's first and only on-site crematory. 

In 1949, our firm was one of 22 firms in South Carolina and 800 firms throughout the country to be invited to become a member of the highly respected National Selected Morticians (NSM), today known as Selected Independent Funeral Homes (SIFH). Over the years, four members: Heyward Brown, Leon Pennington, Walter Brown, and Mel Pennington have served as president of the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association. Both Walter Brown and Carl Pennington have served on the South Carolina Funeral Service Board which governs the funeral homes in the state. In 2000, C. M. Pennington, Jr. was named Hartsville’s Citizen of the Year, and Carl M. Pennington, III was named Hartsville’s Business Person of the Year in 2000 and Citizen of the Year in 2010.  Carl M. (Mel) Pennington, IV was the youngest person to be named Hartsville's Business Person of the Year in 2005.  He was elected Mayor of the City of Hartsville in November of 2009 and is currently in office.

Over the years, we have been involved as members and officers in the following: First Baptist Church, Wesley United Methodist Church, St. Luke United Methodist Church, St. Barthlomew’s Episcopal Church, Faith Holiness Church, Hartsville Rescue Squad, Hartsville Masonic Lodge, Omar Shrine, Eastern Star, Red Fez Club, YMCA, Hartsville Chamber of Commerce, American Legion, Moose, Rotary, Kiwanis, Civitans, Lions, Boy Scouts, Darlington County Library Board, and the Hartsville Museum Board.

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