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.

In the News

In the News

American Funeral Director Magazine featured Pray Funeral Home in their industry leading publication. This article discusses our history, mission, and future vision. It also has some unique photos of our 3.5 generations of funeral service.

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Our History

Our History

Pray Funeral Home was established in 1923 by Ernest G. and Myron E. Pray

Pray Funeral Home was established in 1923 by Ernest G. and Myron E. Pray. This father and son team purchased an existing furniture store and "Undertaking" company. Their business was located on the main street of Charlotte's downtown business district until 1930 when Myron and his wife, Hazel, purchased a residence at 405 W. Seminary Street. This was used as their personal residence and as the funeral home until 1949.

In 1949, the present funeral home was constructed next door at 401 W. Seminary, and the former funeral home was converted back into a residence for Joseph Eugene Pray, who was newly licensed as a Funeral Director that year. The furniture store was sold a year later, and the Pray family's full attention was concentrated on funeral service.

Pray Funeral Home is still an independent family owned and operated funeral home. We are currently in our fifth generation of family members involved in the firm. Our family looks upon our tradition and heritage with great pride.

The prestige of Pray Funeral Home in the local community is built on years of dedicated service to the community. This is a factor in each and every decision we make concerning our services to the community.

As a result, the Pray Funeral Home has been awarded the Pursuit of Excellence Award from the National Funeral Directors Association for our outstanding and compassionate service to the families of our communities. We have earned this award each year since 1989. This is awarded to a select group of funeral directors from around the world who meet the strict qualifications of community and professional service in more than eight different areas.

In 2006 Pray Funeral Home was inducted into the NFDA's Hall of Excellence at the 125th annual convention in Philadelphia, PA. The Hall of Excellence, part of the NFDA's Pursuit of Excellence Program, honors firms for their continued outstanding service to families, commitment to the community and dedication to upholding the highest ethical and professional standards.

Most of the families we serve are from Charlotte and the surrounding communities of Potterville, Vermontville, Olivet, Bellevue, and Dimondale.

We are located 20 miles southwest of Michigan's capital city of Lansing. Our staff is involved in many different forms of service to the families of our community, from Pre-arrangements, through the funeral services, and on through Post-Funeral activities. Our staff members are also involved in many different organizations to help the community.

Our Service Goals are:

  • To help the families of our community through one of the most traumatic times of their lives by arranging meaningful services that depict the lives of their loved ones. 

  • To provide support to families beyond the actual funeral services. 

  • To support the community of Charlotte as a whole through educational programs, economic and personal support of community projects, and personal and corporate involvement in community development. 

We feel that the way to insure our future is to provide the best possible service to our clients, and to support the community as a whole.

Our Valued Staff

Joseph Ernest  Pray

Joseph Ernest Pray

Licensed Funeral Director, Creationeer

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Joseph Eugene  Pray Sr.

Joseph Eugene Pray Sr.

Funeral Director

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Joseph Tyler  Pray

Joseph Tyler Pray

Licensed Director

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Dana  Pray

Dana Pray

Corporate Secretary

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Dan  Hoffman

Dan Hoffman

Pre-planning Counselor

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Dawn  Hoffman

Dawn Hoffman

Aftercare Counselor

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Lori  Pray

Lori Pray

Financial and Facility Manager

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Mrs. Kristine  Sowles

Mrs. Kristine Sowles

Office Manager

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Lori  Coplin

Lori Coplin

Creationeer Assistant

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Richard  Martin

Richard Martin

Gentleman Staff

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Richard  Bernard

Richard Bernard

Service Gentleman

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Duane  Royston

Duane Royston

Gentleman Staff

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John  Mayes

John Mayes

Gentleman Staff and Video Specialist

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Bill  Martin

Bill Martin

Facility Maintenance

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Lela Rodrigeuz

Lela Rodrigeuz


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Nate Lovaas

Nate Lovaas

Apprentice and Creationeer Assistant

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Ruthie Willis

Ruthie Willis


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Mark Fletcher

Mark Fletcher

Service Gentleman

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Joseph Anders Pray

Joseph Anders Pray

Vice President of Employee Morale

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