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McEwen Funeral Service-Derita Chapel has provided funeral and cremation services for the Derita community and the surrounding Charlotte area since the 70s. Although our community has undergone many changes throughout the years, our commitment has remained unchanged. We serve all families with funeral and cremation services that honor traditions with respect and compassion.

Funeral services that showcase life

Chapel atOur experienced and dedicated funeral team provides exceptional care during this difficult time. It's our goal at McEwen Funeral Service-Derita Chapel to provide comfort and professional assistance with your funeral planning needs—whether after a loss or planning ahead for yourself.

Funeral services should reflect the lives of those being honored, and we strive to create meaningful tributes to those who have meant so much to family and friends. We offer many ways to help personalize a service that represents the individual memory of your loved one.

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At McEwen Funeral Service-Derita Chapel, we understand the unique needs of America’s veterans and their families. As a Level Three Founding Community Partner with We Honor Veterans, our staff is knowledgeable in the benefits available to veterans and their families. With respect, integrity and dignity, we will walk you through the steps of creating a veteran's memorial service that truly honors the life and sacrifice of your loved one.

Guiding you through the process

One way we customize the experience is creating a funeral or memorial service that guests will remember for years to come. We'll guide you through each step, including costs, obituaries, cremation and catered events. We welcome both large and small groups at McEwen Funeral Service-Derita Chapel. Our facility has a 150-seat chapel, dedicated reception area and 2 visitation rooms for gatherings. These amenities ensure everyone has the time and space they need to receive support and share memories.

We're here to help

Signage atMcEwen Funeral Service-Derita Chapel is part of the McEwen family of funeral homes in Charlotte. With a rich legacy in the area, we pride ourselves on compassionate, local care. Please call or visit us to learn more about our funeral and cremation options.


McEwen Funeral Service has served the Charlotte area since the early 1900s. We have multiple funeral homes in Charlotte, allowing us to better serve our communities.

Early beginnings

Around 1908, R.J. McEwen began making coffins in Mint Hill, North Carolina, to help neighbors who lost loved ones to a flu epidemic. R.J.'s son, Carl J. McEwen, began working with him in 1915, and they later began stocking caskets in their Mint Hill hardware store named R.J. McEwen & Son General Store. To better serve the community's needs, the McEwens purchased a hearse and began servicing funerals in 1921.

As their business grew, R.J. and Carl opened McEwen Funeral Home of Mint Hill in 1926. In 1935, another funeral home was built on Matthews-Mint Hill Road, where the business is currently located. It was reported that people drove from miles around to see the construction of the beautiful brick building.

Commitment to the Charlotte area

McEwen Funeral Service also provided ambulance service for several decades. Very few cities in the U.S. enjoyed air ambulance plane service, and the McEwens provided the only service of its kind in the southeast. The single engine bi-plane saved many lives in the 30s, and McEwen donated the plane to the war effort at the request of the federal government.

As a result of their quality standards and strong reputation in the community, McEwen Funeral Service grew rapidly. McEwen Funeral Service-Derita Chapel opened in 1972 to serve families in the Derita community. Today, we look forward to the opportunity to serve even more families with respect and care.

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Since 2005, many of our customers have taken the time to tell us how we did each year via our Voice of the Customer program. Our star ratings and comments from families come directly from these surveys.

"Very caring and understanding staff. They asked and listened to our needs and got to 'know' my husband. We felt very comfortable talking with everyone on the staff."

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August 2020

"The staff are extremely patient and kind. Tim helped our family get through a difficult time with his honesty and suggestions."

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April 2020

"It was a difficult time for my family and they were very kind helpful and informative. I really appreciate their help and kindness."

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October 2019

"No complaints. Everything fell into place. No pressure to pay for services we didn't feel that we needed."

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September 2019

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