Funeral home changes name to ‘Ellison-Cleckler’

Published 6:26 pm Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The former Ellison-Mims Funeral Home is now Ellison-Cleckler Funeral Home, as former partner Tim Mims is no longer affiliated with the business.

The operation’s new name is a reflection of the role filled by Troy Cleckler, who has been at the funeral home since it opened in November 2010.

“I know the business from one end to the other,” said Cleckler, who has worked in the industry for 51 years and owns Chilton Memorial Gardens.

Mims, who has worked in the business for 35 years and also is chairman of the Chilton County Commission, said he left because of business differences.

“I thought at the time it was the right thing for me to do, but it was [not],” Mims said about getting involved in the funeral home. “I wish Mr. Cleckler and his staff the best of luck. He’s been good to me.”

Part-owner/operator J. Aaron Ellison, who accounts for the other half of the “Ellison-Cleckler” business name, said customers should expect the same service from the funeral home.

“We’re the same funeral home that the community has come to know and trust over the last year and a half,” he said. “Our commitment to the community will remain the same.”

Ellison-Cleckler Funeral Home can be found at 1709 Lay Dam Road in Clanton, telephone number 280-4600 or website address The business also has a Facebook page.

Mims owned and operated a monument business before he got involved at the funeral home. During his partnership, Mims Memorials monuments were sold at the funeral home.

Ellison-Cleckler will continue to sell monuments, and Mims said his monument company would be moved back to its original location, at 8090 Alabama Highway 22 in Maplesville. He also said he will continue to handle funerals at customers’ request. Mims can be reached at (205) 258-9040.