Garrick Smith Funeral Service Licensee, Vice-President, and Location Manager
Garrick is a native of Avery County and has been with Reins-Sturdivant since 1988. 2020 marked his 32nd 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 Linda Buchanan Mills of Newland and the late T.E. Smith of Banner Elk. 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 from 2005 until 2010. Garrick served as Chairman of the Council Awards Selection Committee for over 10 years. 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 and is serving the lodge as Adviser to the Cook Team. 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. He is a proud supporter of Lees-McRae Summer Theater and Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation.
"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 we are serving."
Garrick may be contacted anytime at [email protected]
Brandy P. Hampton Funeral Director/Embalmer
Brandy lives in Blowing Rock, North Carolina and is married to Gregg Hampton. She has one daughter, Bayleigh. Brandy enjoys traveling, being outdoors, riding motorcycles, photography, animals and working in her wood shop. She attended FTCC where she earned her associates degree in Mortuary Science. Brandy genuinely cares for each family and their loved ones that she meets with. She pays special attention to all the tasks and details needed to help put a family a little more at ease in a difficult time. Brandy 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.
Michael Hendricks Family Services Counselor
Michael was born in Jacksonville, Florida and graduated from Andrew Jackson High School. He is a licensed life insurance agent, with several years of experience. He retired from Publix Supermarkets in 2016. Michael enjoys assisting our families with their monument needs, aftercare consulting and pre-arrangement planning.
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.
Jodie Jones Funeral Assistant
Jodie Jones is a resident a Newland and is married to Todd Jones. She attended Mayland Community College where she studied nursing. She also works at Avery Animal Hospital as a veterinarian assistant. She and Todd have several pets that they enjoy spending time with. She also enjoys baking, making candy, loves to read and studying greek mythology. They enjoy spending time with each other and their families, whether it is just watching a movie or sitting around the house.
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.