Two well-known Maryland funeral homes have partnered to form Howell & Jolley Memorial Chapel P. A.
The partnership is between Jolley Memorial Chapel P. A. Funeral & Cremation Services, which has served the Eastern Shore since 1947, and Howell Funeral Homes, a Baltimore-based business.
The chapel will officially hold a renaming ceremony and reception at 3 p.m. Nov. 13 at 1213 Jersey Road in Salisbury.
Patricia Jolley, the previous owner of Jolley Memorial Chapel, died in March 2020. During her life, Patricia impacted many lives on the Eastern Shore through the funeral home and community service.
Patricia's son, Edwin Jolley Lashley, has taken the reins of the business.
Howell Funeral Homes was established in 1999. In 2007, the business became the first Black-owned, family-operated funeral home in Howard County.
"Integrity, honesty, dignity and compassion have been the foundation of success for both Howell Funeral Home and Jolley Memorial Chapel P. A. Funeral & Cremation Services," a news release reads. "This partnership is seamless because of their shared faith in God, dedication and respect for family and community."
Rachel Gulley, licensed funeral director at Howell & Jolley Memorial Chapel, said this partnership will provide people with choices and affordable prices.
She added the Jolley and Howell families have established that they are committed to giving back to the community.
"Jolley represents a lot of African American pride ... The community really is cheering for Jolley to continue and thrive," Gulley said. "It will be good for the community to have ... a funeral home that has proven that it's committed to the community itself."
Maddie Aiken is the community reporter for Delmarva Now/The Daily Times. Have a story tip or idea? Send it her way at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @madsaiken.
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