Our Story

Actively Involved for Over Six Decades

Our story starts with Mr. Lesley Vance, who began his career in funeral service in 1958 with Britton & Dobbs Funeral Home. In 1972, he acquired the funeral home, and became the owner of Vance Memorial Chapel in Phenix City, AL. 

Later, in 1984 he added a new location in Columbus, GA, on Hamilton Road. Near the close of 1990, Mr. Vance completed the construction of the new chapel in Phenix City on highway 280 / 431, which is where it remains now.   

In 2000, Lance Brooks joined his father-in-law in the family business.  Two years later, Mr. Vance and Mr. Brooks relocated the Hamilton Road location and opened a new facility on Macon Road in Columbus, GA, convenient to Parkhill Cemetery and Fort Benning.  The new facility was renamed Vance Brooks Funeral Home.   

Upon Mr. Vance’s death in 2015, Mr. Brooks and his wife, Carmen Brooks, acquired the funeral homes.  Mrs. Brooks plays a vital role in the day to day business functions in both businesses.  

Under the leadership of owner, Lance Brooks, we’ve continued to carry on the tradition of a family-owned funeral home. 

Our family has been an active part of the Phenix City and Columbus communities for over six decades.  You can trust us to provide a service that will truly honor your loved one.  We will do this with attention to every detail and a compassion that makes you feel like family.