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

Our mother Dorothy Moultrie Richardson founded Dorothy's Home for Funerals in July 1973. Her career started at the age of 13, working with her father and mother at the family owned J.B. Moultrie Funeral Home, which was founded in 1923. To serve the communities west of Charleston, she opened the Hollywood Chapel in 1983. She was one of the oldest African American female funeral directors and was active until her death July 7, 2001. Service to the community was a basic principle by which our mother and grandparents, Jacob Benjamin Moultrie and Lelia Hertz Moultrie lived. We continue to keep service as our objective and focal point.

Dorothy's Home for Funerals is a family owned and operated funeral home. The Moultrie family has served the Charleston area communities since 1923 and are here to help families in their time of need. Our family will help your family celebrate the life of your loved one. We will help you plan a celebration of your loved one that reflects their and your family's wishes.

Our Valued Staff

Barbara V. Nelson

Barbara V. Nelson, Manager


Leonard L. Nelson

Leonard L. Nelson, Funeral Director


Geraldine Nelson

Geraldine Nelson, Funeral Attendant

Desire Johnson

Desire Johnson, Office Manager

Dorothy H. White

Dorothy H. White, Funeral Attendant

Anthony Moore

Anthony Moore, Funeral Attendant

Rev. Michael L. Gadsden

Rev. Michael L. Gadsden, Funeral Director

Rev. Michael Leon Gadsden CHARLESTON - Reverend Michael Leon Gadsden, 38, entered into the joy of the Lord on Monday, April 10, 2017. Michael was a funeral director at Dorothy's Home For Funerals and a security guard at Signal Security. Michael was the beloved son of Barbara Gadsden and Leonard L. Nelson; grandson of Evangelist Rosalie Gadsden and Mrs. Barbara V. Nelson; brother of Mshinda Brown (Eugene); uncle of Kylon Joshua Middleton; special cousin of Desiree Johnson; nephew of a host of aunts and uncles. He also leaves a host of cousins, other family members and friends to cherish his memory. The family will receive friends at 1345 S. Sherwood Dr. Services for Rev. Gadsden will be private. A public memorial service will be forth coming. In lieu of flowers, donations in Michael's memory may be made to the Holy Rock Baptist Church, 2111 Rondo St., Charleston, SC 29414.