Garrick Smith Funeral Service Licensee and Location Manager
Garrick is a native of Avery County and has been with Reins-Sturdivant since 1988. 2018 will mark his 30th year serving his friends and family in Avery County. He holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Lees-McRae College, and graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta in 1994. He is the son of the late T.E. Smith of Banner Elk and Linda Buchanan Mills of Asheville. Garrick is married to Carol Jones Smith and they reside in Banner Elk. He has two step children, Tyne Franklin and Tyler Phillips, three granddaughters, Irelyn Grace, Addison Faith, and Ayleigh Hope, and a grandson, Jase. He attends Heaton Christian Church. Garrick is an Eagle Scout and is currently serving the Banner Elk Scout Troop as Committee Chairman. He served as a member of the Executive Board of the Daniel Boone Council of the Boy Scouts of America and was appointed Chairman of Boy Scouting for Western North Carolina in 2005. Garrick currently serves as Chairman of the Council Awards Selection Committee. He is a Vigil Honor Member of Tsali Lodge #134 of the Order of the Arrow, and was honored with the Founders Award in 2009. He previously served on the Board of Directors for the High Country Care Givers Foundation. He is a member of the ET&WNC Historical Society.
He enjoys traveling and is an avid collector of model trains.
"God has certainly blessed me. Being able to do what I know He wants me to do and be of service to my fellow Avery County family is truly a blessing. My primary goal while serving any family, is that they realize that we strive to treat them, not only like one of our own, but like they are the only family are serving."
Garrick may be contacted anytime at [email protected]
Bryan Winslow 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 and traveling anywhere on an airplane.
Bryan can be reached anytime at [email protected]
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.
Jessica Clawson Administrative Assistant
Jessica joined our staff in 2018. She is married to Byron Clawson, Chief of the Newland Police Department. She is the daughter of Janet Trammel of Banner Elk and the late Terry Turbyfill. She has three daughters, Nikita, Taylor and Gracie. Jessica loves going to the lake and spending time with her family. She looks forward to serving the families of Avery County.
Donna Garland Part Time Administrative Assistant
Donna was born and raised in Michigan. She moved to Kingsport Tennessee in 1976 after her parents retired. She has been a resident of Avery County for 25 years. She is married to Bob Garland and they reside in Elk Park. She attends Heaton Christian Church. They have two sons Jason Stewart, John Stewart and two grandsons Landon and Bryce. Donna's passions other than her family are photography and flower gardening. Donna began working with us in March 2017.
Doyle Shomaker Funeral Associate
Doyle retired as the Banner Elk, North Carolina Postmaster and has been associated with the firm since 1993. September 2018 started 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.
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.
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 the Crossnore First Baptist Church, where Steve serves as a Sunday School Teacher and member of the church choir.
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.
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.
Jeremy S. Hughes Funeral Assistant
Jeremy Hughes of Newland joined our staff in 2013. He is a native of Avery County and a son of Jerry Hughes and Regina Trice. He owns and operate Rod's Seamless Gutter, a business he inherited from his step father, Rodney Trice. He is the father of three children.
Jeremy enjoys being on his motorcycle in the woods and spending time with his family.