Our staff provides excellent funeral planning services.
We have years of experience caring for families from all walks of life, cultures and faiths. Our unsurpassed staff and our family provide kind, caring, professional service. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession who are dedicated to excellence in service, adhere to the highest funeral industry standards, and have exceptional integrity. We consistently earn phenomenally high customer satisfaction survey results.
Our licensed, professional staff is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 706-866-5400 anytime. We will even come to you to make arrangements in the comfort of your home.
Prompt, compassionate service is always just a phone call away, where and when you need it.
Founder / Licensed FD & Emb, TN & GA
Managing Partner /Ga. Director / Embalmer
Director/Embalmer TN & GA
joined the Heritage family as our Administrative Assistant in October 2016. She
has a Bachelor’s degree in English from Dalton State College. It won’t surprise
you to learn that she loves to read and write. If she’s not reading or writing in her free
time, she’s antique shopping or refurbishing vintage furniture. Taylor resides
in Rossville, Georgia with her husband Sonny and their cats Jack, Jon, and
Montague, and dogs Dobby and Maggie.
Apprentice (Funeral Director & Embalmer)
Payton Vaughn joined the Heritage team in February 2018. He
grew up in Wildwood, GA and graduated from Dade County High School. Payton possesses an Associate’s Degree in
Criminal Justice and Technology and is currently pursuing his career to become
a licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer. Boxing and reading are his favorite ways
to pass the time and God, family and friends are the forces that keep his heart
beating and his feet moving. He loves working with people to achieve their
goals and also enjoys being part of the team at Heritage.
Ambassador (non licensed)
Paige is a native of
Chattooga County but she has lived in and served Dade, Catoosa and Walker
Counties for nearly 30 years. Twenty-four of those years were at Hutcheson
Medical Center. In addition to graduating as a Registered Nurse (R.N.) from Floyd
College, Paige also holds a degree in Bible Ministry from Covington Theological
Seminary. Combining educational pursuits with her God given passion allowed her
to excel in her role at Hutcheson Hospice as well as her volunteer efforts of
Jail and Prison Ministry to Catoosa and Hamilton Counties. As a Hospice R.N., she
was privileged to twice receive the award for Compassionate Care Caregiver.
Paige is known community
wide for her generous volunteer work with the American Cancer Society, Alzheimer's
Association and Catoosa County Schools. The local church ministries of children
and adults have been important to her life for many years. She is an alumnus of
Catoosa Leadership and an Ambassador of the Walker County Chamber of Commerce.
She and her husband,
Michael, have been married 27 years and their grown children, Matthew and SarahBeth
have followed in Paige's footsteps in the healthcare field. Gardening, reading,
and studying the Word of God are important interests to Paige. Early in her
career a seasoned co-worker had a saying she repeated quite often, which she
learned from her father, “Chop your own wood; it warms you twice.” Paige has
found that to be true in life.
Pianist / Music & Sound Coordinator
McLeod joined the staff at Heritage Battlefield in December 2015. He is a
graduate of Southern Bible Institute and Seminary, earning his Doctorate in
Ministry. Keith retired from the United States Navy with 20 years of
faithful service. He has been Pastor of Boynton Baptist Church in Ringgold for
almost 22 years. Keith also serves as Chaplain of Catoosa County Sheriff's
Office. Keith and his wife, Joan, have one daughter and four grandchildren.
Bill joined our team in 2018 as an Ambassador. He is a
Doctor of Ministry and a retired Minister, having pastored for 20 years in
Chattanooga, TN and Sparta, TN. Bill is blessed with 3 children, 5
grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild. In his free time, he likes to fish,
hunt, and ride four wheelers. He resides in Ringgold, Ga.
Pat Hamil is one of the
kind faces greeting visitors here at Heritage Funeral Home. She has been with
us since 2016. She resides in Rock Spring, Georgia with her husband Steve. Pat
and Steve have been married for 33 years and greatly enjoy bass fishing together. Pat is also blessed with two
children, two granddaughters, and four great-grandchildren.
joined the Heritage Family as an ambassador in January 2017. He is a native
Chattanoogan who attended University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and graduated from Lee College in Cleveland,
Tennessee. Gary also holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the Pentecostal
Theological Seminary. He is a retired clergyman and has been active in ministry
for more than 40 years. He and his wife Dorlene have lived in Ringgold for
the past three years. Gary enjoys gardening and spending time with his three
children and eight grandchildren.
Ambassador (non-licensed) / Pianist
Danny has joined the Heritage team as an ambassador and
pianist. He recently retired from his position of 28 years as a counselor at
Lafayette Middle School. Danny received his bachelors and masters from UTC and
his doctorate from UTK. He has played piano almost all of his life, as his father
owned a local piano shop. Presently, Danny plays piano for First Cumberland
Presbyterian Church as well as the auditioned men’s chorus inSpirit. He also
enjoys composing music of his own. Danny and his wife Cindy reside in Ringgold,
and they have two sons Richard and Jason.
Barbara Schrimsher is another kind face greeting visitors here at
Heritage Funeral Home. She is a Ft. Oglethorpe native, and lived in Atlanta for
eight years. She now resides in Ft. Oglethorpe with her husband Dell. Barbara
and Dell enjoy traveling and spending time with family. They have two children
and seven grandchildren. They also enjoy sports, and are proud Alabama fans.
Julia Ellison is a lovely addition to our team of ambassadors here at Heritage
Funeral Home. She is a Tennessee native, and has lived in Ft. Oglethorpe for
three years. Julia is widowed, and has one daughter and two grandchildren. In
her free time, she enjoys working in her yard, traveling, and sports. Staying
true to her roots, Julia is a Tennessee Vols fan. She attends Catoosa Baptist
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