Brant Funeral Service in Sciotoville will be celebrating 75 years of service to the community July 4 with an “All About America,” celebration.
Located at the funeral home, 422 Harding Ave., the day begins at 11 a.m., and will include festivities like live music from Gary Billups and the String Poverty Band, face painting, baseball facilitated by the East High School baseball team, hot-dogs, apple pies and more.
“It’s all about America, baseball, apple pies and Chevrolet,” explained owner Jeff Brant.
Brant said he was motivated to give back to the community that has helped to support his business for all these years.
“My wife and I were both born and raised in Sciotoville and grew up with limited means, but we had good lives. We’re both graduates of East High School and living in this community is very nice because you know 80 percent of the people who live in Sciotoville, they see you and they honk and stop in to visit,” said Brant.
Those who visit during the event can enter a drawing to win $40 gift cards to other Sciotoville businesses like Jenkins Sunoco, Giovanni’s, Scioto Shoe Mart and more. Brant says there’s no cost enter, participants just fill out a ticket and their number has a chance to be drawn but you do have to be present to win. Other prizes include monetary winnings, Cincinnati Red’s Tickets and an autumn scenic train ride through in West Virginia.
Brant Funeral Service is the oldest business in Sciotoville. It began as Gill Funeral Home with owners Tom and Jessie Gill and was originally located on Gallia Street. The Gill’s reloaded to Harding Avenue, where the business still stands.
Roger Davis and Jack Davis purchased the funeral home and it operated as Davis, Davis and Gill Funeral Home until 1976.
Brant came into the business by washing cars and cleaning at the funeral home while in college. Upon graduating college, Brant spent two years teaching and a year in the Air Force. He went on to work for a funeral home in New Boston and purchased a funeral home in Portsmouth. Three months later, on Jan. 23, 1976, he and his wife Barb purchased what is now Brant Funeral Service.
“Barb and I completely remodeled the place in 1993 and continued to make improvements over the years. We completely redecorated everything in March. We have new ceilings, lighting, walls, everything. It’s an entirely new funeral home inside,” said Brant.
Brant has made it his mission to give opportunities to young people in the community like those that were given to him. He currently employs 5 high school students as well as a student from Shawnee State University, along side a full time staff of two directors and two embalmers.
He’s also made it his mission to stand out from the crowd.
“We’re the only funeral home in Scioto County that has multiple televisions for personal DVD’s and the only with an online virtual tour, the only with a memorial for Lance Corporal Jonathan Etterling who was killed in action in 2005, and we’re the only funeral in the state of Ohio with the avenue of flags. We just added about 15 more a few days ago so now we have around 30,” Brant explained.
For more information about Brant Funeral Service you can go online to www.brantfuneralservice.com or by calling 740-776-2115. You can also stop in for the event held July 4 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the funeral home, 422 Harding Avenue in Sciotoville.
Reach Ciara Conley at 740-353-3101 ext. 1932