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Our Story

Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.

Ever since we purchased Liberty Mortuary we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are not just a mortuary. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.

How We Began

Our mortuary was founded in 1902 by John Gantt, Sr., and was known as the Gantt Funeral Home. After Mr. Gantt retired, his sons John, Jr. and Joe ran the funeral home. Liberty Memorial Gardens was founded in 1954.

James. T. Holtzclaw purchased the funeral home January 1,   1984. Shortly thereafter it was renamed Liberty Mortuary.  James was a graduate of Greer High School, and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.  Upon graduation he began his career at H.M. Patterson & Son’s Funeral Home in Atlanta, GA.  

From 1984-2003 daily plans were made to build a new modern facility for our community.  With the continued support of our local community and hard work our goals were accomplished.

In 1993 we moved to our current location behind where the old funeral home stood. Our new facility originally was a doctor's home of which we remodeled to better suit our needs and then built additions on either side. In 2003 our facility underwent a major renovation, and was decorated to meet the needs of our community.  Warm pastels, comfortable furniture, and a home like atmosphere make our facility a perfect place to gather and remember your loved ones. 

Continuing the Legacy

On January 17, 2001, our President, James T. Holtzclaw passed away leaving the family owned business to his son, Gene Holtzclaw naming him President and Owner of Liberty Mortuary. 

Gene was a 1988 graduate of Gupton Jones College of Mortuary Science and was a licensed funeral director for 43 years.  He spent his adult life helping families in their time of need and is still missed by our community.

In 2009, Gene retired and turned the managing ranks over to his son, Brad Holtzclaw.  Gene passed away on January 14, 2014 and ownership was passed on to wife, Patricia Holtzclaw; however, their son Brad continues to operate and manage the funeral home.

In 2006, our Cremation Center on Alta Vista Drive at Liberty Memorial Gardens was built. It is a standalone facility that gives families the option of escorting their loved ones to the crematory or holding a memorial service for them.  The Cremation Center currently operates solely for our own use to insure families that their loved ones never leave our care.

From 1984 until now, our facilities have changed, however the one constant is our commitment to the families we serve.  We succeed by making a trying, difficult time a little easier for each family that walks thru our doors.  We want to help you honor, remember, and celebrate the life of your loved one, in a warm, compassionate atmosphere.

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Why Us?

In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.

We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond with kindness, compassion and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.

Learn the legacy.

Liberty Mortuary was established years ago, and serving families has always been our focus. We take pride in being able to guide people through some of their most difficult days. We take pride in maintaining a setting that allows people to find solace. Celebrating life is our mission. That’s never changed. And with pride, it never will.

Who We Are

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

Bradley E. Holtzclaw

Bradley E. Holtzclaw

President and General Manager
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Pat Holtzclaw

Pat Holtzclaw

Vice President
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Connor Holtzclaw

Connor Holtzclaw

Part Time Funeral Associate
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Reid Bagwell

Reid Bagwell

Assistant Manager / Funeral Director & Embalmer
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Russell F. Parker

Russell F. Parker

Full Time Funeral Service Associate
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Jason  Melton

Jason Melton

Part Time Funeral Associate / Grounds Superintendent
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Lila P. Hendrix

Lila P. Hendrix

Administrative Assistant/Office Manager
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Rozell Garrison

Rozell Garrison

Administrative Assistant
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Brian Bolding

Brian Bolding

Part Time Funeral Associate
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Mike  Cartee

Mike Cartee

Part Time Funeral Associate
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Jeff Cooper

Jeff Cooper

Part Time Funeral Associate
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Clark Ford

Clark Ford

Part Time Funeral Associate
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Tony Hamlett

Tony Hamlett

Part Time Funeral Associate
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Kevin  McClain

Kevin McClain

Part Time Funeral Associate
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Scott McClain

Scott McClain

Part Time Funeral Associate
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Christopher Parker

Christopher Parker

Part Time Funeral Associate
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