MAXTON — Robinson-McLean Funeral Service, LLC, recently celebrated its ribbon cutting and open house with more than 100 guests attending the event.
Owners Terri Robinson-McLean and husband, Earl McLean, co-hosted the celebration with the Laurinburg-Scotland County Chamber of Commerce.
The recently remodeled facility sits on the county line just inside Scotland at 22421 Andrew Jackson Highway. The 3,300-square-foot funeral home includes a lobby, a large chapel and a smaller chapel dedicated to Earl McLean’s mother — Mary Lou Campbell-McLean, a bereavement room dedicated to Robinson-McLean’s mother — Beatrice Robinson-Duff, a display room for caskets and products, a family conference room, a side entrance visiting room, an embalming room, two business offices and a refreshment area.
“Our facilities are updated creating an atmosphere that is both warm and inviting to create a peaceful environment. We want families who pass through our doors to feel welcome,” Robinson-McLean said.
The business offers a variety of services and products, including cremations, burial insurance, pre arrangements counseling, headstones and ledgers, notary public services, and tapestry blankets.
Terri Robinson-McLean, formerly of Hamlet, is an embalmer and funeral director who now resides in Maxton. She graduated in July 2013 with honors (Phi Theta Kappa) from Fayetteville Technical Community College with an associate in applied science degree in Funeral Service Education (Embalming and Funeral Directing).
She passed the National Board Examination in August 2013. She has a license to practice embalming and funeral directing in North Carolina and South Carolina. She also holds a Medical Laboratory degree.
“God has a way of preparing us for things we cannot foresee,” she said. “We never know who or what will spark our spirit. Funeral service to me is the ministry of caring for the deceased at the very end of life and then caring for the bereaved, both in a dignified and compassionate manner. Helping families during these times gives me instant gratification and I enjoy serving the families”.
Robinson-McLean Funeral Service has been in operation since June 2015.
“That is a moment that I will never forget,” she said. “It was a great feeling to be able to help a family during such a stressful and trying time — the death of a loved one.”
Earl McLean is a native of Laurinburg as well as a retired Army veteran and licensed insurance agent. He has owned and operated other businesses in the area, including Pagers & More in Laurinburg and and construction projects in Maxton. Earl McLean has deep ties in the area. His father, John Archie McLean, ran successful businesses for many years in Maxton. The couple has lived in Maxton for six years.
Terri Robinson-McLean serves as vice-chairperson of Greater Maxton Economic Development Corporation, is a member of Lions Club International-Maxton Chapter, and a member of Scottish Pilot Club of Laurinburg where she was recently installed as lead director. Earl McLean serves on the Maxton Planning and Zoning board.
The business can be reached at 910-844-2345