Bryan Winslow Location Manager/Funeral Service Licensee
Bryan is a native of Rutherford County North Carolina and joined us in 2016. Bryan brings a sense of commitment to our motto "We focus on the details so you can focus on your family." He serves each family as he would want to be served. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from North Carolina State University. Upon completion of his bachelors degree he attended Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science where he graduated in 2014 with an associates degree in Mortuary Science. He is a member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Banner Elk. He is an avid supporter of the NC State Wolfpack, Baltimore Ravens, and Cleveland Indians. He enjoys bowling, snow skiing, drag racing and traveling anywhere on an airplane.
Bryan can be reached anytime at [email protected]
Donna Garland Administrative Assistant
Donna lives in Elk Park and is married to Bob Garland. She has two sons, Jon and Jason and two grandsons, Bryce and Landon. She enjoys spending time with her family and is well known for her photography skills.
Walter Johnson Family Services Director
Since the age of 17, Walter F. Johnson has been in and around the Funeral Service Industry, and is a second-generation employee of Heritage Family Funeral Service. He served his apprenticeship at Hampton Funeral Service in Boone, North Carolina, where he also worked for seven years. Walter is a 2015 graduate of Fayetteville Technical Community College with a degree in funeral service. He is a licensed funeral director, and is a licensed pre-need counselor in North Carolina. Walter is married to Pam (Cornett) Johnson. They have two children, Zack and Kaylee, and they live in Boone, North Carolina. They are active members of Willow Valley Baptist Church (Watauga County), where Walter serves as a deacon and in other leadership roles.
Doyle Shomaker Senior Funeral Associate
Doyle retired as the Banner Elk, North Carolina Postmaster and has been associated with the firm since 1993. September 2018 marked Doyle's 26th year serving his friends in Avery County. He is a graduate of Lees-McRae college where he still holds the record for the most punts blocked in a game. Doyle and his wife Barbara are members of the Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Banner Elk. They have three children, Eric, Lisa, David and five grandchildren, Preston, Calvin, Spencer, Karoline and Harrison. He enjoys golfing and gardening. He volunteers each year with the Hebron Colony in Boone, leading them in growing their vegetable garden. Doyle is well known with our families due to his calming presence and demeanor.
Steve Franklin Funeral Assistant
Steve Franklin, from Altamont, joined our firm in 2014. He is a native of Avery County and married to Nancy Franklin. Steve is retired and enjoys hunting. He and his wife are active members of Harmony Baptist Church, where Steve services as an Elder and is a Sunday School Teacher. Steve's quiet demeanor provides comfort to the families we serve. He works to insure that each family receives all the help and comfort they need.
Jim Ollis Funeral Assistant
Jim is a native and life long resident of Avery County. He is married to Judi, and has six children, Jimmy (Buzz), Cindy, Cammy, Pam, Tina, and Brian. They have twelve grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. He is a member of the Pisgah United Methodist Church and a retired truck driver. In his spare time, Jim enjoys fishing and old cars. He joined our staff in 2014 and strives to take care of each and every need our families may have.
Ken Staton Funeral Assistant
Ken Staton from Roaring Creek joined our staff in 2018. He is from Spruce Pine NC and has lived in Newland for 25 years. He is married to Barbara Isaacs Staton from Newland. Ken and his wife have two children KC and Eddie and an adopted daughter Samantha and grandson Jakob. Ken has an associates degree in Computer Information System. Ken is the Pastor of Roaring Creek FWB church. He and his wife love to travel and in his free time he likes to flea market and go toy shows.