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Service Corporation International to Change Ticker Symbol

HOUSTON, Aug. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Service Corporation International (NYSE: SRV), the world's largest funeral and cemetery company, today announced that it will change its New York Stock Exchange trading symbol from SRV to SCI. The change, which will take place at the opening on Friday, August 27, 2004, will more closely identify the Company on Wall Street with the initials by which it has been known since the late 1960s.

ABOUT SCI

Service Corporation International, headquartered in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of funeral and cemetery services in the world. We have an extensive network of businesses including 1,212 funeral service locations and 402 cemeteries in North America as of June 30, 2004. For more information about Service Corporation International, please visit our website at http://www.sci-corp.com .

     For additional information contact:

     Investors:  Debbie Young - Director of Investor Relations
     (713) 525-9088

     Media:  Terry Hemeyer - Managing Director / Corporate Communications
     (713) 525-5497
SOURCE  Service Corporation International
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    /CONTACT:  investors, Debbie Young, Director of Investor Relations,
+1-713-525-9088, or media, Terry Hemeyer, Managing Director - Corporate
Communications, +1-713-525-5497, both of Service Corporation International/
    /Web site:  http://www.sci-corp.com /
    (SRV)

CO:  Service Corporation International
ST:  Texas
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CT-CD 
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