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Service Corporation International or SCI is a corporation based in Houston, Texas which is the largest provider of funeral, cremation, and cemetery services in the United States, and one of the largest chains of funeral homes in the world with over 1,200 funeral homes, 358 cemeteries, and revenues of $1.7 billion dollars. It operates in 48 states, eight Canadian provinces and Puerto Rico and is traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Corporate redirects here. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Country United States State Texas Counties Harris County Fort Bend County Montgomery County Incorporated June 5, 1837 Government  - Mayor Bill White Area  - City  601. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The crematorium at Haycombe Cemetery, Bath, England. ... Castle Ashby Graveyard Northamptonshire A cemetery is a place in which dead bodies and cremated remains are buried. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), nicknamed the Big Board, is a New York City-based stock exchange. ...


SCI's network of funeral homes consists almost entirely of existing businesses that the company acquired. SCI tends to buy successful funeral homes that are firmly settled and already well-known in their community. The company retains the home's original name, often along with former owners who are kept on as management. Therefore, a typical funeral home that is owned by SCI will not contain advertisements or logos for the corporation, with the exception, perhaps, of pins on staff lapels. As a consequence, most North American consumers are unfamiliar with the company, despite the fact that many of them have likely used its services. SCI's funeral homes include Joseph Gawler's Sons, Washington DC - "The funeral home to the presidents"[1] and the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home in NYC which claims to have served "Heads of State, United Nations Ambassadors, Dignitaries, Royalty of many nations, members of the arts and entertainment world"[2]


In an effort to brand its services, SCI created Dignity Memorial in 1999, the first national brand of funeral services and products (including cremations and cemetery services and products). Thus, while SCI remains the owner and operator of facilities nationwide, Dignity Memorial is now the corporation's brand, which is more visible to the public in terms of advertising and placement of logos on participating funeral homes, cemetery sites and products. A brand is a name, logo, slogan, and/or design scheme associated with a product or service. ...


In recent years, SCI has liquidated most of its overseas assets. The profitability of funerals outside of America was not as large as estimated and different cultural and economic factors, even in other Western nations, were not taken into account. For example in Australia cremation is the norm—accounting for 60% of services overall, with a higher rate in urban areas—and the cost of a full funeral service there is often less than that of a casket purchased by a similar family in the United States. An open coffin A coffin is a box used for the display and burial or cremation of a dead human body. ...


SCI was awarded a no-bid contract by the state of Louisiana to count and collect corpses in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Official language(s) de jure: none de facto: English & French Capital Baton Rouge Largest city New Orleans [1] Area  Ranked 31st  - Total 51,885 sq mi (134,382 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 16  - Latitude 29°N to 33°N  - Longitude 89°W... Lowest pressure 902 mbar (hPa; 26. ...

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In the late 1990s, SCI was involved in a scandal in which the remains of a number of people were desecrated in a cemetery that the company owned. The cemetery was found to have been "recycling" graves—removing the remains of previous burials and placing other people in the graves.


The scandal took on an extra political dimension. Company chairman Robert Waltrip was a friend of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush's family. He had made a number of campaign contributions to the Bush family over the years. The presidential seal is a well-known symbol of the presidency. ... Order: 41st President Vice President: Dan Quayle Term of office: January 20, 1989 – January 20, 1993 Preceded by: Ronald Reagan Succeeded by: Bill Clinton Date of birth: June 12, 1924 Place of birth: Milton, Massachusetts First Lady: Barbara Pierce Bush Political party: Republican George Herbert Walker Bush, KBE (born...


The scandal, often called "funeralgate," grew even further when Eliza May—a director with the Texas Funeral Service Commission—was fired while investigating SCI. She alleged in a lawsuit that she was fired because she refused to halt the investigation despite pressure from then Governor George W. Bush to halt the investigation into SCI's practices. However other members of the commission indicated that she was fired because others in the office had lost confidence in her, and that she was using her authority in an inappropriate manner. Funeralgate is the name given to a non-scandal involving George W. Bush and family campaign contributor Robert Waltrip, owner of Service Corporation International, the largest funeral home company in the world. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States, inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ...


May's lawyers tried to compel Bush to testify at the trial, but Texas Judge John K. Dietz threw out the subpoena that would have required Bush to give a deposition. Bush opponents claimed that this decision was politically motivated due to him campaigning at the time for the Republican Party's nomination for President. Bush supporters claimed that the judge was correct to throw out the subpoena—that the suit was a partisan attempt to damage his chances of receiving the party's nomination for president. May's lawsuit was settled in November 2001 for $210,000. SCI paid $55,000 and the state paid the balance. A subpoena is a command to appear at a certain time and place to give testimony upon a certain matter. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ...


Weeks later, the news media reported that two Florida cemeteries owned by SCI were recycling graves, removing remains from their places of rest and placing other people in the graves. 9,000 people have staked a claim to a $100,000,000 settlement in a lawsuit stemming from the desecration of graves at these cemeteries. In one instance at Menorah Gardens, a Jewish cemetery, SCI employees allegedly desecrated graves and left corpses in the woods where they were devoured by wild hogs. Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ... The Menorah Gardens cemetery chain, owned by SCI, desecrated vaults, removed hundreds of bodies from two cemeteries in Florida and dumped the gruesome remains in woods frequented by wild hogs, investigators discovered in 2001. ... The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination...


The general manager of Menorah Gardens, Peter Hartman, died by apparent suicide on December 27, 2001.[1]


The Texas Funeral Service Commission reluctantly agreed to pay $50,000 as part of the settlement to end the two year-old case. [2] Its then-chairman, Harry Whittington, became famous in February 2006 when he was shot in the face by Vice President Dick Cheney in a hunting accident. Harry Whittington Harry M. Whittington (born March 3, 1927) is an American lawyer, real estate investor, and political figure from Austin, Texas who received international media attention on February 11, 2006, when he was shot in the face by Vice President Dick Cheney while hunting quail with two women on... Media:Example. ... Richard Bruce Dick Cheney (born January 30, 1941), is the 46th and current Vice President of the United States, serving under President George W. Bush. ... Harry Whittington Harry M. Whittington (born March 3, 1927) is an American lawyer, real estate investor, and political figure from Austin, Texas who received international media attention on February 11, 2006, when he was shot in the face by Vice President Dick Cheney while hunting quail with two women on...


Phoenix controversy

It is also believed that after purchasing a local mortuary in teh mid-1980s, SCI "cleaned house" and dumped cremains in the Phoenix desert. [3]


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Service Corporation International - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (584 words)
Service Corporation International or SCI is a corporation based in Houston, Texas which runs one of the largest chains of funeral homes in the world with over 3800 funeral homes, 40000 employees, and revenues of $2.4 billion dollars.
For example in Australia cremation is the norm (60% of services overall, with a higher rate in urban areas)and the cost of a full funeral service there is often less than that of a casket purchased by a similiar family in the United States.
She alleged in a lawsuit that she was fired because she refused to halt the investigation despite pressure from then Governor George W. Bush to halt the investigation into SCI's practices.
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