History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

"Here because of you, here for you, ready and able to serve you" 
On August 15, 1971, at the early age of sixteen, Anthony A. Dicks, Sr. began his career in funeral service at Jackson-Brooks Funeral Home, Inc., Aiken, South Carolina. This was a result of the awsome consistent impression of the professional care and compassion the Dicks family had come to expect from Robert A. Brooks, Jr. and his family. After graduating from Aiken High School in 1973, Anthony married Denise Johnson of Aiken, SC and relocated to Columbia, SC.  After moving to Columbia, SC he gained employment with the Palmer Memorial Chapel of Columbia where he served as an apprentice funeral director and embalmer.  While serving in these capacities, he matriculated Benedict College and earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration and economics - May of 1988.  In September of 1988, Mr. Dicks commenced his educational studies in funeral service and embalming at the Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, Georgia.  While at Gupton-Jones College, his leadership led his classmates to elect him Class President.  He earned an associates degree in funeral service from Gupton-Jones and became national board certified.  After becoming a licensed funeral director and embalmer, Anthony resumed his full-time employment with the Palmer Memorial Chapel of Columbia until September 1999.  In March 2000, Anthony purchased the Sullivan Funeral Home 1206 Oak Street in The Historic Waverly Community of Columbia and renamed it  A. A. Dicks Funeral Home Sullivan Chapel.   In 2006 land was purchased to developed the Promised Land Cemetery at 1740 Cushman Drive.  In July 2010, he and his family renovated the old Krispy Kreme Donut building at 2548 Main Street Columbia which is now the new and improved home of A. A. Dicks Funeral Home.  During his career, Anthony has gained extensive experience in the art of funeral directing and embalming in general and restoration and anatomical reconstruction in particular. Anthony is an ordained bapist minister with thirty-nine years of pastorial experience. He has pastored the Friendship Baptist Church for the past thirty-one years  This experience has enhanced his love and compassion for the bereaved.  His philosophy in life is "I stand in a unique position to catch brief glimpses of peoples lives".  Thus, for him funeral service is "The Ministry of Comfort".  Mr. Dicks' objective is to help the grieving return to a sustained degree of normalcy after the loss of a loved one.  A. A. Dicks Funeral Home Sullivan Chapel provides the best in funeral and burial planning services to Columbia and surrounding areas.
Call us at (803) 254-4673 for all your preneed and at need funeral, cremation and burial needs.              

Our Valued Staff

Mr. Anthony A. Dicks, Sr.

Mr. Anthony A. Dicks, Sr., Funeral Director/Embalmer

Anthony A. Dicks, Sr. has forty-five plus years of funeral service experience with a concentration in mortuary and post mortem facial restoration. He has forty-two years of pastoral and civic community service..He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Economics from Benedict College, Associate of Science Degree in Funeral Service and Embalming from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service, National Board Certified. Pastor of the Friendship Baptist Church of Columbia, SC. Married to Denise J. Dicks, Father of four: Shiquita D. West and her husband, Nakia West, Pastor A. A.Dicks, Jr. and his wife, Miriam, Minister Ranecci S. Hampton and her husband, Johnathan Hampton, Maisha S. Wilder and her husband, Kenneth Wilder. Grandfather of ten: Nakia, Jr. Katera, Khalia, Anthony, III, Devin, Kennedy, Kaiden, Desiree, Johnathan, Jr. and Micah.