Tallahassee – Bevis Funeral Home, a family owned business that has occupied a small office and chapel at 2710 North Monroe Street since 1965 has opened a new 12,000 square foot facility at 200 John Knox Road. The new location, a $2.5 million investment in the community, features a 300 seat chapel, event rooms for after funeral receptions or viewings, and 162 parking spaces.
Rocky Bevis, President of Bevis Funeral Home, grew up in the business and worked side by side with his father Russell before taking over in 1998. He says after spending 50 years in the North Monroe location, with only 5,500 square feet and 43 parking spaces, it was past time for a move.
“It was really driven by technology and today’s changing dynamics,” he says. “In 1965 a family of 4 would arrive at a funeral in one car. Now they come in 4 cars. Back then visitations and viewings took place in your home, and people came with casseroles. Now they are often held at the funeral home. These changes mean that our small home just couldn’t serve our families in the best way possible so we built the new one for them.”
Susie Mozolic, Managing Partner and Licensed Funeral Director at Bevis, said that they community has blessed them with support and she feels blessed to be able to serve the community better. “It is amazing how much excitement we have felt since we broke ground,” she said. “From church, to the gym, to the grocery store, all our staff has been constantly asked, ‘when will the new location open?’ We’re thrilled to say we are!”
Every aspect of the new location was designed with modern family needs in mind. Parking for 162 ensures space for the whole family. The entrance way is spacious and handicapped accessible. The reception room has a granite island for laying out food, with full kitchen equipment for caterers or family to use. Two event rooms easily accommodate viewings, with wide hallways for guests to mingle in while waiting to pay condolences. Even the guest bookstands fold up out of the way against the wall when not in use.
The chapel, which can seat 300, is the crown jewel, beautifully appointed, with grand piano and riser for the officiant to preside from. And soon, families will be able to live stream chapel services for out of town family and friends.
Rocky’s staff of licensed funeral directors and office administrators occupy the second floor. Conference rooms upstairs are equipped with wide screen tvs that make it easy to choose types of caskets and service options.
Just one thing has not changed from the old location – there are still lots of tissue boxes, bottled water, understanding and comforting hugs to be had.
A community Open House is planned for December of this year. In the meantime, the public is welcome to stop by for a tour, at 200 John Knox Road (just east of the Trousdell Aquatics Center, on the same side of the road).