By Submitted Story on April 4, 2016
Gallop Funeral Services of Nags Head has opened a second location in Barco, Currituck County.
“The facility is the first funeral service-related business ever to locate in Currituck County and is equipped to serve all faiths and families in the county, where previously there were no local choices,” Courtney N. Gallop, president of Gallop Funeral Services, said in a press release.
“Needless to say, something like this is long overdue in a county of this size with a growing aged population,” she added.
The new funeral home, Gallop Memorial Chapel — Currituck, is a 3,000-square-foot facility that features a chapel, a family lounge and a visitation parlor, along with parking. The building was formerly a karate academy and has been vacant for several years.
The chapel is designed to host a range of memorial gatherings, including traditional casket funerals, military services, viewings and visitations, along with contemporary memorial services and ceremonies.
“Funeral service today is extremely individualized, and we embrace the choices of all families in the community,” Gallop Funeral Services partner and funeral director J. Ben Andrews said in the release.
Gallop Funeral Services was founded in Nags Head in 2006. In 2011, the company established Capital Crematory, which was the first crematory in Dare County. The crematory supports Gallop Funeral Services and also provides professional cremation services for other funeral homes in the Albemarle area.
The Currituck chapel will provide civic groups and local non-profits and charities with gathering and meeting space and allow the parking lot to be used for occasional yard sales, car washes and other civic projects, Gallop said.
“We want to be good neighbors as well as great funeral directors,” Gallop added.
The Currituck Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting and champagne reception at the Currituck Chapel, 4055 Caratoke Highway, from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 12.