Levett Funeral Home unveils $1.3 million expansion at Decatur facility
Ken Watts | 8/23/2013, 6 a.m.
DECATUR After months of remodeling its South DeKalb Chapel in Decatur, Gregory Levett and Sons Funeral Home and Crematory is unveiling its $1.3 million expansion at an Aug. 25 ribbon-cutting and grand re-opening ceremony.
Gregory B. Levett Sr. said the money was well-spent.
“We expanded the entrance to the building into a glass-enclosed atrium,” he said. “The lobby area is larger with flat screen monitors that show visitors the layout of the home and how to find things. We’ve also added a new corridor with seven new viewing rooms for a total of nine.”
The price tag is more than double the $600,000 cost that Levett told the community it would cost in July 2012.
At a community meeting detailing the expansion and the addition of a crematory that was dropped in the face of community opposition, Levett said they would double the size of the Flat Shoals location to 14,080 square feet. The expansion included adding a 1,100-square-foot reception area, five 399-square-foot viewing rooms, a garage and storage rooms.
He also added closed circuit TV screens where overflow crowds can watch funeral services telecast from the Levett Chapel and other IT improvements.
Sunday’s ribbon cutting starts at 4 p.m. at 4347 Flat Shoals Parkway. The open house lasts until 7 p.m.
Levett operates three other locations in Scottdale, Lawrenceville, and Buford where its crematory is located.
Levett opened his first funeral home in 1980 in Scottdale. His father started the family business in Conyers in 1950.