Why Us

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

When we sit down with a family, we have just one goal: to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. Together, we explore the wide variety of services and products available, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions.

Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.

Our History

Our History

The year was 1908. Henry Ford was about to introduce his "Model T" to the Detroit driving public, and three Italian-American brothers, Frank J., Louis C., and Paul C. Calcaterra (who later moved to St. Louis), opened their first funeral home on Brewster and Rivard, near the present Eastern Market area. A few years later in 1915, Frank T. Bagnasco started his funeral business on St. Aubin Street in the same neighborhood. As time passed and as Detroit's population grew, both families saw the need to expand. In the late 1930's, they coincindentally relocated their repective businesses to separate addresses on prestigious East Grand Boulevard.

Again, in response to the growth in population and the shift of the marketplace to the eastern city limits and suburbs, the Bagnasco Funeral Home, then operated by Frank's widow Bessie and her two sons Sam and Anthony, moved to it's current location in St. Clair Shores. After Frank J. Calcaterra passes away in 1949, his brother took over the operation along with his four sons: Louis Jr., Frank, Paul, and Lawrence. They later moved thier business to Moross and Kelly Roads in the heavily-populated northeast corner of Detroit. The suburban sprawl caused still another move, and in 1984, the Calcaterra family opened another funeral home on Schoenherr Road and 15 Mile in Sterling Heights.

Now, almost a century since that first business began serving the ever-growing community, the two families, who have built impeccable reputations in their own right, have come together to combine their years of experience by setting the standard for funeral service excellence. Frank Bagnasco's grandson Bill and Louis Calcaterra Sr.'s son Paul now have leadership roles in the combined operation and carry on the tradition of personal service to families in their time of greatest need.


Our Valued Staff

H Mitchell Colvin Jr.

H Mitchell Colvin Jr., President / CEO / Licensed Funeral Director


Yolanda M. Woods

Yolanda M. Woods, Administrative Manager

Ms. Yolanda M. Woods, Administrative Manager has been with Colvin Funeral Home & Crematory for several years. She attended and graduated from both Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC and Webster University in St. Louis, MO. She is a Veteran. She enjoys watching old movies, spending time with her family, reading and having fun. Yolanda has two wonderful children who she is very proud of. She prides herself with integrity, the gift of never meeting a stranger and professionalism.


Cody T. McCain

Cody T. McCain, Funeral Attendant

Cody T. McCain is a native of Greensboro, NC and has possessed a great passion as well as a unique interest in funeral service since the tender age of eight. Cody graduated from James B. Dudley High School (Math, Science, and Technology Academy) in 2005. He later pursued his Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion and Philosophy (with a concentration in Theological Studies) from Campbell University, graduating Cum Laude in 2008. Cody currently holds a NC Funeral Director’s Diploma from Fayetteville Technical Community College. He is presently pursuing his Associate in Applied Science degree in Funeral Service Education. He strongly believes that the core attributes of compassion, sensitivity, and integrity are essential in the profession of funeral service. Cody consistently endeavors to uphold each of these ideals when assisting individuals during their time of need.


Dennese M. Hopson

Dennese M. Hopson, Administrative Assistant

Dennese M. Hopson, Administrative Assistant has been with Colvin Funeral Home & Crematory for several years. She attended Northwestern University. She has been married for 21 years. She enjoys comedy, reading, writing and artistic drama. She says laughter is food for the soul. She prides herself with family values, integrity and caring for people.


Aggie Liles Rogers

Aggie Liles Rogers, Family Relations Representative

Aggie Liles Rogers was born in Pembroke, North Carolina-Robeson County she graduated from Southside High School in Rowland, NC and received an associate degree from Robeson Community College. She is the Family Relations Representative with Colvin Funeral Home & Crematory. She enjoys working with families and assisting them with all of their concerns.


James C. Lilly

James C. Lilly, Funeral Attendant

James Lilly is a native of Fayetteville, NC and has gladly served with the Colvin Funeral Home and Crematory Staff for several years as a Funeral Attendant. He is enthusiastic regarding the field of funeral service and is committed to ensuring excellence, diligence, and punctuality when caring for those we serve during their time of bereavement. James is considered a “jack of all trades” and enjoys such hobbies as car detailing, music, and a host of others.


Thomas  McKee

Thomas McKee, Funeral Attendant


Delaney Leach

Delaney Leach, Funeral Attendant


Beverly Campbell

Beverly Campbell, Funeral Attendant


Paul G. Matthews

Paul G. Matthews, Funeral Attendant


Rodney M. Malloy

Rodney M. Malloy, Funeral Attendant


Keith Gainey

Keith Gainey, Funeral Attendant


Julius  Robinson

Julius Robinson, Funeral Attendant


Myrna Hansberry

Myrna Hansberry, Receptionist


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