Our History

 

Richmond-August Funeral Home’s history began with the vision of the late W. B. McDaniel. In 1959, the Florida native founded W.B. McDaniel and Son Funeral Home. Mr. McDaniel established the business, then located at 438 Division Street in Biloxi, to serve the needs of members of his community. He had a passion for music andplayed piano in his local church, as well as taught piano lessons to local residents. In the early 1960’s the Division Street location was more than a funeral home in the community. It was also the meeting destination for Civil Rights activists fighting to integrate the beaches in Harrison County. Mr. McDaniel faithfully served his community until his retirement in 1979.

 

On January 1, 1980 Mr. McDaniel’s protégé, the late Jesse B. Richmond, Jr., purchased W.B. McDaniel and Son Funeral Home and renamed it McDaniel-Richmond Funeral Home. Soon after the purchase, Mr. Richmond expanded the business and relocated it to Main Street in Biloxi. His enterprising vision propelled him to establish a second location in Gulfport, MS in 1983. Mr. Richmond’s reputation for service and dedication to the community established him as a pillar along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Like his predecessor, he used this position to make strides in the community with local officials and church leaders. He is remembered as a man of perseverance with a commitment to excellence. After more than 40 years in Funeral Service, Mr. Richmond retired from the business and passed the legacy of service to his long-time employee, Bishop Rick August.

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Bishop Rick August President

Bishop August purchased the company, then known as Richmond Funeral Home, on January 1, 2011 and renamed it Richmond-August Family Funeral Home. Bishop August has a long history of service to others. It was through service to his country, in the United States Air Force, that the Louisiana native established roots on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. His vision to serve the constituents of the Mississippi Gulf Coast with excellence and integrity propelled him to receive his degree in Funeral Service from Bishop State College and further serve as apprentice to Mr. Jesse Richmond, Jr. for a number of years before acquiring the funeral home. In his position as owner-operator of Richmond-August Funeral Home, Bishop August offers proven guidance, professionalism and genuine care to families.

 

In addition to his role with Richmond-August, he serves as the Senior Pastor of a thriving church in the local area, as well as a pastor to pastors (bishop) across the United States and overseas. Bishop August’s dedication to unparalled service, integrity, and excellence extends to the families of Richmond-August Funeral Home, the members of his church and community. He is regarded as a man of integrity, wisdom and vision by those he is privileged to serve.

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Ms. Lasha August Vice President

Ms. Lasha August serves alongside her father in the day-to-day operations of Richmond-August Funeral Home. A graduate of Biloxi High School and Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service, she is regarded for her compassionate heart for families, attention to detail and willingness to serve. Ms. August is respected for her professionalism and commitment to excellence.

Bishop Rick August

President
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Bishop August purchased the company, then known as Richmond Funeral Home, on January 1, 2011 and renamed it Richmond-August Family Funeral Home. Bishop August has a long history of service to others. It was through service to his country, in the United States Air Force, that the Louisiana native established roots on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. His vision to serve the constituents of the Mississippi Gulf Coast with excellence and integrity propelled him to receive his degree in Funeral Service from Bishop State College and further serve as apprentice to Mr. Jesse Richmond, Jr. for a number of years before acquiring the funeral home. In his position as owner-operator of Richmond-August Funeral Home, Bishop August offers proven guidance, professionalism and genuine care to families.

 

In addition to his role with Richmond-August, he serves as the Senior Pastor of a thriving church in the local area, as well as a pastor to pastors (bishop) across the United States and overseas. Bishop August’s dedication to unparalled service, integrity, and excellence extends to the families of Richmond-August Funeral Home, the members of his church and community. He is regarded as a man of integrity, wisdom and vision by those he is privileged to serve.

Ms. Lasha August

Vice President
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Ms. Lasha August serves alongside her father in the day-to-day operations of Richmond-August Funeral Home. A graduate of Biloxi High School and Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service, she is regarded for her compassionate heart for families, attention to detail and willingness to serve. Ms. August is respected for her professionalism and commitment to excellence.