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Our Staff

Our Staff's Commitment to You.


Staff members of Whitaker Funeral Home are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance to our staff of licensed funeral directors.

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R. Doggett Whitaker, Jr. CFSP, CPC

Doggett Whitaker has been a South Carolina Board Certified licensed funeral director and embalmer since 1971. He is also a S.C. licensed pre-need life insurance agent.

Doggett Whitaker is a 1965 graduate of Newberry High School and received his Bachelor of Science Degree from North Carolina State University. He is a graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.


Doggett is a Past President of the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association. He is a member and Past President of the National Funeral Directors Association, a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner, a Certified Preplanning Consultant, a charter member of the Academy of Funeral Service Practice, and a member of the Heritage Club. He also served as the U.S.A. member of the General Council of FIAT-IFTA.


Doggett is a member of The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer and over the years has served on numerous committees including Chairman of the Congregational Council. He is actively involved in his community and is a member of the Newberry Lions Club, Newberry York Rite Bodies, Hejaz Shrine Temple, and is a Life member of Amity Masonic Lodge #87 AFM. He is an active member of both the Newberry and Chapin Chamber of Commerce.

He is married to the former Christie Crowder, the father of four daughters, and grandfather of five.

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Whitney Gardner Price Funeral Director/Embalmer whitney@whitakerfuneralhome.com

Whitney Gardner Price is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the State of South Carolina and Ohio and is a Certified Crematory Operator (CCO).

 

Whitney is a graduate of Saluda High School and received her BA degree from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.  

 

She is a member of tFaith Lutheran Church in Batesburg, the National Funeral Directors Association and is the treasurer of the Newberry Newcomers Club. She enjoys snow skiing, boating on Lake Murray, traveling to Beaufort and spending time with her family and friends.

 

Whitney is married to Josh Price and is the mother of two daughters.

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Derek Long Funeral Director/Embalmer/CCO derek@whitakerfuneralhome.com

Derek S. Long, a native of Whitmire, SC, is a South Carolina Board Certified Licensed Embalmer Funeral Director and a Certified Crematory Operator (CCO). 

 

He started his journey in funeral service at a young age and has been working with the Whitaker Funeral Home family since 2008.  Derek graduated from Whitmire High School in 2013 where he is a former member of the Whitmire Community School Royal Regiment Marching Band and High School Concert Band.  In 2017, he graduated from Piedmont Technical College with an associate’s degree in Funeral Service.

 

Derek is a member of  St. Timothy Lutheran Church of Whitmire and enjoys playing the piano, picking at his guitar, video gaming and hanging out with his friends.

 

He is the son of Robert and Faith Long of Whitmire; brother to Harold Arnold, IV and Heather A. McMillan. 

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Christie C. Whitaker MSW, CFSP

Christie is a native of Newberry, South Carolina having grown up in the Bush River section. She received her undergraduate degree from Newberry College and her Master of Social Work from the University of South Carolina. She has completed additional course work in a number of areas including critical incident stress management and mass fatalities incident response courses.

Christie is a licensed funeral director and has been involved in funeral service since 1970.

She has been actively involved in her community and state and has served on a number of local, state and national Boards. She is a member of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer.

She is married to R. Doggett Whitaker, is the mother of four daughters and grandmother of five grandchildren. 

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Huger P. Caughman CFSP

Huger Caughman is a Certified Funeral Service Practicioner (CFSP), and has been a S. C. board certified licensed embalmer and funeral director since acquiring his license in 1978.

Huger is a graduate of Dreher High School in Columbia, SC and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.


He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, of the Academy of Funeral Service Practice, of the Heritage Club.

Huger is a member of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer. He is actively involved in his community and is a member of  Amity Masonic Lodge, Newberry York Rite Bodies, Hejaz Shine Temple and an honorary member of the Newberry Fire Department.

He is married and the father of a son and a daughter.

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Erin Whitaker Funeral Director/Embalmer

Erin Whitaker is the 3rd generation to join the family business, and has been with Whitaker Funeral Home since 2007. She is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. Prior to joining the staff at Whitaker Funeral Home, Erin worked as a chemical engineer and project manager for the Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, NY and Windsor, CO.

Erin received her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and her International Masters of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina, Moore School of Business. She is a graduate of the Piedmont Technical College, School of Funeral Service.  Erin is also certified as a Blackbelt in Six Sigma Methodology.


She currently serves on the Chapin Chamber of Commerce Board,  on the Advisory Board of Funeral Service at Piedmont Technical College and as team captain for the Newberry County March for Babies.  She is a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Newberry Newcomers club. 

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Arthur T. "Art" Staniec Funeral Director/ Embalmer

Arthur T. Staniec was born in Chicago, IL. He attended Worsham College of Mortuary Science and received his BA degree from DePaul University. Art served as a funeral director and embalmer in his family funeral home in Chicago for 40 years. When the business closed in 2015, he moved to Blythewood, SC. He joined the Whitaker staff in April of 2015.

 

He is a member of Village Church in Blythewood.

 

Art is married to Frances (Hollerbach) Staniec and is the father of 2 sons and grandfather of 2 grandchildren.

R. Doggett Whitaker, Jr.

CFSP, CPC
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Doggett Whitaker has been a South Carolina Board Certified licensed funeral director and embalmer since 1971. He is also a S.C. licensed pre-need life insurance agent.

Doggett Whitaker is a 1965 graduate of Newberry High School and received his Bachelor of Science Degree from North Carolina State University. He is a graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.


Doggett is a Past President of the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association. He is a member and Past President of the National Funeral Directors Association, a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner, a Certified Preplanning Consultant, a charter member of the Academy of Funeral Service Practice, and a member of the Heritage Club. He also served as the U.S.A. member of the General Council of FIAT-IFTA.


Doggett is a member of The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer and over the years has served on numerous committees including Chairman of the Congregational Council. He is actively involved in his community and is a member of the Newberry Lions Club, Newberry York Rite Bodies, Hejaz Shrine Temple, and is a Life member of Amity Masonic Lodge #87 AFM. He is an active member of both the Newberry and Chapin Chamber of Commerce.

He is married to the former Christie Crowder, the father of four daughters, and grandfather of five.

Whitney Gardner Price

Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Whitney Gardner Price is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the State of South Carolina and Ohio and is a Certified Crematory Operator (CCO).

 

Whitney is a graduate of Saluda High School and received her BA degree from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.  

 

She is a member of tFaith Lutheran Church in Batesburg, the National Funeral Directors Association and is the treasurer of the Newberry Newcomers Club. She enjoys snow skiing, boating on Lake Murray, traveling to Beaufort and spending time with her family and friends.

 

Whitney is married to Josh Price and is the mother of two daughters.

Derek Long

Funeral Director/Embalmer/CCO
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Derek S. Long, a native of Whitmire, SC, is a South Carolina Board Certified Licensed Embalmer Funeral Director and a Certified Crematory Operator (CCO). 

 

He started his journey in funeral service at a young age and has been working with the Whitaker Funeral Home family since 2008.  Derek graduated from Whitmire High School in 2013 where he is a former member of the Whitmire Community School Royal Regiment Marching Band and High School Concert Band.  In 2017, he graduated from Piedmont Technical College with an associate’s degree in Funeral Service.

 

Derek is a member of  St. Timothy Lutheran Church of Whitmire and enjoys playing the piano, picking at his guitar, video gaming and hanging out with his friends.

 

He is the son of Robert and Faith Long of Whitmire; brother to Harold Arnold, IV and Heather A. McMillan. 

Christie C. Whitaker

MSW, CFSP
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Christie is a native of Newberry, South Carolina having grown up in the Bush River section. She received her undergraduate degree from Newberry College and her Master of Social Work from the University of South Carolina. She has completed additional course work in a number of areas including critical incident stress management and mass fatalities incident response courses.

Christie is a licensed funeral director and has been involved in funeral service since 1970.

She has been actively involved in her community and state and has served on a number of local, state and national Boards. She is a member of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer.

She is married to R. Doggett Whitaker, is the mother of four daughters and grandmother of five grandchildren. 

Huger P. Caughman

CFSP
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Huger Caughman is a Certified Funeral Service Practicioner (CFSP), and has been a S. C. board certified licensed embalmer and funeral director since acquiring his license in 1978.

Huger is a graduate of Dreher High School in Columbia, SC and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.


He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, of the Academy of Funeral Service Practice, of the Heritage Club.

Huger is a member of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer. He is actively involved in his community and is a member of  Amity Masonic Lodge, Newberry York Rite Bodies, Hejaz Shine Temple and an honorary member of the Newberry Fire Department.

He is married and the father of a son and a daughter.

Erin Whitaker

Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Erin Whitaker is the 3rd generation to join the family business, and has been with Whitaker Funeral Home since 2007. She is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. Prior to joining the staff at Whitaker Funeral Home, Erin worked as a chemical engineer and project manager for the Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, NY and Windsor, CO.

Erin received her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and her International Masters of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina, Moore School of Business. She is a graduate of the Piedmont Technical College, School of Funeral Service.  Erin is also certified as a Blackbelt in Six Sigma Methodology.


She currently serves on the Chapin Chamber of Commerce Board,  on the Advisory Board of Funeral Service at Piedmont Technical College and as team captain for the Newberry County March for Babies.  She is a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Newberry Newcomers club. 

Arthur T. "Art" Staniec

Funeral Director/ Embalmer
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Arthur T. Staniec was born in Chicago, IL. He attended Worsham College of Mortuary Science and received his BA degree from DePaul University. Art served as a funeral director and embalmer in his family funeral home in Chicago for 40 years. When the business closed in 2015, he moved to Blythewood, SC. He joined the Whitaker staff in April of 2015.

 

He is a member of Village Church in Blythewood.

 

Art is married to Frances (Hollerbach) Staniec and is the father of 2 sons and grandfather of 2 grandchildren.