Tony comes to us with 30 years of funeral service experience. He is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in the states of South Carolina and Georgia, a certified CANA (Cremation Association of North America) crematory operator and one of our firm's Advanced Planning and Pre-Need Directors.
A native of Eastman, GA, Tony is a graduate of Dodge County High School. He is an Alumnus of Georgia Military College and a member of the 112th Corps of Cadets as well as a 1995 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, GA where he was a member of the Pi Sigma Eta Honors Fraternity.
Tony and his family moved to Murrells Inlet in 2011 from Alpharetta, GA where he worked as (SCI) General Manger for Roswell Funeral Home & Green Lawn Cemetery and Location Manager for SouthCare Funeral Home & Cremation Services.
He is a Master Mason and a member of Roswell Lodge #165, Roswell, GA, a York Rite Mason, a founding member of Royal Arch Chapter #74, Roswell, GA and is a member of The Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice (APFSP) where he is currently working on his Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) certification.
Tony is married to Charlene Cook Papel. They have twin boys, Andrew and Mason. Tony enjoys watching Georgia Bulldog's Football and Atlanta Brave's Baseball, kayaking, traveling, reading history and science fiction books, collecting watches and writing instruments.