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

My family is began a life-long dream  in 2019. That dream was to provide compassionate aftercare and service to the pets and their families of our community. I know what it feels like to grieve deeply for a lost pet and have folks think it is insignificant or that you ought to get over it quicker than you are able. The loss of a pet can be just as devastating as a family member. I served SC for more than 45 years in the family business at Columbia Wilbert Vault Co. Our passion for serving families during a difficult time lead me and my husband, Mike, to create a loving and caring pet funeral home.

We have an on-site chapel to offer should you choose to hold a public or private memorial service. In addition to 3 cremation options  private, individual or communal, we offer burial vaults, inurnment and graveside burial services at your home or pet Cemetery. CPCC can assist you if you choose pet preservation by freeze drying, which is the modern equivalent of taxidermy.

An obituary will be published on our website and Facebook page for any of our families who choose to publicly announce their loss.

We are proud members of PLPA, Pet Loss Professionals Alliance; ICCFA, International Cemetery, Cremation & Funeral Association, and the West Metro Chamber of Commerce.

We hope you enjoy years of loving companionship with your beloved pet. When it’s time to celebrate those memories and honor your pet’s life, we ask you trust us with your pet’s funeral arrangements.

Our Valued Staff

  • Margie & MIke  Johnson

    Margie & MIke Johnson, Owners

    Margie & Mike Johnson, former owners of Columbia Wilbert Vault Co., opened the Columbia Pet Cremation Center and Funeral Chapel in 2019. You may contact Margie and Mike by calling our office or by emailing them at... [email protected]

  • Eric R. O'Dell

    Eric R. O'Dell, General Manager

    Eric, a Cayce native, comes to Columbia Pet Cremation Center after a nearly 35 year career in funeral service. He decided he was in need of a change of pace and comes to us with a wealth of knowledge in the death care industry. You may reach Eric by calling our office or emailing him at... [email protected]

  • Dr. Crystal  Knight

    Dr. Crystal Knight, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

    Dr. Crystal Knight has been a practicing veterinarian for over 20 years in the Midlands area of South Carolina. During this time she has come to know that providing a peaceful end-of-life experience for our pets, surrounded by family at home, is one of the most important parts of her work as a veterinarian.

    ?Dr. Crystal Knight graduated from The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000 after an undergraduate degree at Clemson University. As a resident of Irmo and Columbia since 1985, she is familiar with many of the local veterinary clinics, and she will be glad to let your veterinary office know of your pet's passing if you so choose.

    During her time away from work, Dr. Knight enjoys reading, playing the piano, hiking, and spending time with her husband and two sons.

  • Jimmy Chavis

    Jimmy Chavis, Transportation Specialist

    Jimmy, a resident of Cayce, works part time as our transportation specialist. His main job is in transportation at Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community, where he enjoys working with seniors. Jimmy loves spending time with his animals, and working in his yard.