Willie Benton, Jr.
Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, Proprietor
Mr. Willie Bento, Jr. has over 51 years’ experience in the funeral service profession. He is the current owner and managing funeral director of Bailey’s Funeral Home. Mr. Benton started in this profession in 1967, at the age of 12 with Palmer Funeral Home, in Sumter, South Carolina under tutelage of Robert and Perry Palmer; two of the most well-known funeral directors in the state of South Carolina at that time. Mr. Benton started out washing the cars and digging graves for Palmer Funeral Home. During that time as a young man, he decided his path to a career as a funeral director. Mr. Benton has worked and is well versed in all aspects of the funeral business. His professionalism is shown from start to finish.
Mr. Benton graduated with Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing and Management from Howard University and then, graduated from American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Services and Education in 1975. Before purchasing Bailey’s Funeral Home, from his cousin, Mr. Benton worked for Gilmore Funeral Home in St. Albans, NY for many years as a licensed funeral director and embalmer. In addition, Mr. Benton worked as a trade embalmer with various funeral homes throughout the five boroughs of the greater New York City area and abroad.