History & Staff
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.
Heights Colonial Chapel was our original name when we were founded by Robert and Kathleen McCullough in Robbins, Illinois in 1961. In 1964 they moved to Ford Heights, Illinois, where they built a funeral home, later to be destroyed by fire in 1980. They did not give up their dream, however, and reestablished the funeral home in a different Ford Heights location in 1982. In 1987, Adrienne McCullough graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science and came to work for the family business. She was carrying on a legacy left by her mother, who passed away in 1972, and she worked side-by-side with Robert until his passing in 2006. Just two years later, in 2008, Adrienne opened a second location in Chicago.
“We believe that there should be a dignity accorded the deceased and that the service they have should reflect their beliefs, and bring comfort and solace to the family and friends that they leave behind. This experience should not be based solely on their economic station in life but rather on the nature and quality of the life of the deceased, and the many lives they touched. Our goal is that after service, families will say they are glad they made the choices for their loved one they did, and leave with a sense of balance being restored to their life and knowing they and their loved one was deeply cared about and will be missed not just by them but the community they were a part of.”
With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: ‘Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his peoples. And God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.’
Our Valued Staff
Adrienne McCullough, Owner, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Deirdre Ambrose, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Graduated from Worsham Mortuary College has been working for the firm for over 10 years.
Atia Wilson, Licensed Intern Funeral Director and Embalmer
Atia Ashley Wilson reigns from Chicago's south side, the same community in which she now serves as a Licensed Intern Funeral Director and Embalmer at McCullough Funeral and Cremation Services. Atia is a 2012 graduate of Malcolm X College Mortuary Science program where she excelled in her classes, even accomplishing a placement on the schools Presidents list. She also served as vice president of the Mortuary Science club and graduated with top honors from the program in May 2012. Atia is the proud mother of a 7 year old son Te'Quan and her 5 year old triplets Teylor, Teshon and Tevon. Atia brings with her a perky, fun and charming attitude while showcasing her ambitious attitude for the funeral service field. "I am eager and ready to make my imprint on the funeral service industry while continuing to showcase the legacy of great service at McCullough Funeral and Cremation Services".