After a lifetime of jobs, Ronnie Watts has found his purpose.
But for Mr. Watts you can tell it’s more than a business.
He’s had lots of those.
From working for the state of South Carolina, owning and operating the Sumter Flea market, and making real estate sales, he says this all feels a little similar. “Seems like I’m still selling folks that place they’ll be for the end of their life.”
The funeral for the family that he began to talk about was for an adult daughter who had died tragically and unexpectedly.
After a visit to a funeral home they were in tears, they couldn’t come close to paying what the funeral would cost them.
They came to Greenhaven Preserve and Mr. Watts showed them around and talked to them about pricing. “You could see the relief, “ he said. “It was a beautiful funeral and I think just what the family wanted.” As he finishes the story, he smiles and looks around.
Mr. Watts, after all those other businesses, has found his calling.
His nephew had bought the land in Eastover that Greenhaven Preserve calls home. Having grown up in the area, his nephew thought he might come back. Then Mr. Watts read an article about the Ramsey Creek preserve in Westminister and thought he could do that right here in Eastover. The land that his nephew had bought had would be perfect.
At the Greenhaven Preserve currently 10 acres have been approved by DHEC, with another 30 acres approved and ready. The entire preserve is 364 acres, and about 80-100 burials can occur per/acre. A conservation easement guarantees that this land will remain a natural area and never be developed, it is part of the Congaree Land Trust.