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Foothills Planning Services

Foothills Planning Services was started in 2009 by A. Benjamin Cumbie, IV.

Benji Cumbie is a fifth generation funeral director born and raised in the funeral business. His family hails from the upstate of South Carolina. Benji grew up cutting grass, washing cars, and erecting tents for his father’s funeral home. He spent much of his free time growing up around the funeral home observing the business. Though always fond of the business, he did not realize his desire to enter it until his second year in college. While working a funeral he had an epiphany and realized how much he really enjoyed helping families.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Clemson University in 1999, Benji began his career in pre-planning. He started in Charleston, South Carolina but soon made the move to North Carolina. Benji became a full time pre-planner at a funeral home in the Raleigh, North Carolina area in January of 2000. Benji realized immediate success and helped that funeral home establish a solid pre-planning program. After two years Benji was asked to move into a managerial role within a third party marketing company. In March of 2003, Benji left to help start another third party marketing company. Benji left that company in 2009 to start his own preneed marketing company.

Benji’s strong belief in pre-planning led him to his career. Growing up around a funeral home also gave him the opportunity to witness what families experience if they have not pre-planned. His goal is to ensure all families realize the importance of pre-planning. Benji continues to convey the value of pre-planning to families and funeral homes today. Benji works very closely with agents, funeral directors, and funeral homes to provide product support and to develop their pre-planning programs.

Benji resides in Central, South Carolina with his wife Heather, their son Quint and their daughter Braelin.


“We would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry.”

Julian Ward
Vice President


H. Julian Ward, Jr. is a Georgia native, born in Macon and raised in
Brunswick. A 1974 graduate of Glynn Academy, 1978 graduate of
Oklahoma Baptist University, and 1981 graduate of The Southern Baptist
Theological Seminary he served four churches as ordained Minister
before a career change in 1994 brought him into the funeral
profession. He lives in Statesboro, GA with wife June, and has three
children and four grandchildren.

Caryl DeBlieck
Regional Director

Serving as the Midwest Regional Director for Foothills Planning, Caryl is licensed in Minnesota and Iowa and allows us to offer hands-on training for your prearrangement staff. Since 1998, Caryl has been a consistent million dollar annual producer. That experience combined with Foothills menu of service options, will make your Funeral Home’s preneed program all it can be!

Foothills Planning Services - Preneed


Ask Benji, a fifth generation funeral director, to apply his wisdom and experience to your situation.

Please contact us for a consultation to discuss how we can help you get the results you need.