History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
Heritage Funeral and Cremation Service was founded in 1998 by Harris High and Carolyn Williams with a vision to provide to our local communities funeral and cremation services with dignity, respect, compassion and personal care all at a sensible price.
In 2002, the Weddington Chapel became the second chapel for Heritage Funeral and Cremation Service. This chapel is conveniently located directly across the street from Forest Lawn East Cemetery. From a vision of peace and serenity, combined with the knowledge that cemeteries are for the living, Forest Lawn East was designed and developed in 1971 by the late Jack W. Williams. His vision for a one of a kind place of beauty continues.
In 2007 Peaceful Pets, a full service pet cremation company was added. Because we own our own pet crematory, we are able to get pets ashes back to their owners within as little as 24 hours. Peaceful Pets is just a reflection of our desire to serve your entire family, even our furry, feathered friends.
Our third location opened in early 2008 and is located in the Ballantyne/Sun City area of Charlotte at Hunter's Crossing. This location, while a full service funeral home, is a non-intimidating alternative funeral arrangement center that's perfect for arranging your loved one's services at your place of worship or using our intimate chapel.
In early 2015, realizing our need to offer expanded cremation options, we moved our crematory into a much larger facility in the Matthews area and Simply Cremations of Charlotte became a reality. There you will discover peace of mind using any of our Heritage locations, and take comfort in knowing that your loved one will always be in our staff's compassionate hands and will never leave the shelter of our expert care. Our Certified trained professionals will handle every aspect of the cremation process with dignity and respect.
Our Valued Staff
Harris High, CFSP, Owner/Founder - Funeral Director - Certified Crematory Operator
Harris is co-owner and co-founder of Heritage Funeral and Cremation Service, which was started in 1998 with the first of the three locations opening in Indian Trail. Harris has been in funeral service since 1987, and is a native of Union County and a life long resident of Union and Mecklenburg Counties. He is a 1985 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is active in Union West Rotary where he serves as Treasurer, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Union County Council on Aging, is active in supporting his profession by his prior service on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Funeral Directors Association as well as the North Carolina Board of Funeral Service, and proudly supports local Hospice organizations in bringing end of life care to families in the area. He and his family reside in Charlotte and he serves his church faithfully.
Carolyn Williams, Owner/Founder
Carolyn is co-owner and co-founder of Heritage Funeral Home, starting the first of the three locations in Indian Trail in 1998. Carolyn has been in the death care industry her entire life first by following her father's footsteps in the Cemetery business where she played an active role in assisting him in the day to day operations of Forest Lawn East Cemetery and later as a Funeral Director and co-owner of Heritage. Carolyn is a member of Carmel Country Club, Carmel Presbyterian Church and enjoys spending her time traveling and playing golf. She and her family reside in Charlotte.
Robert Murphy, CFSP, Funeral Director
Robert was born and raised in Monroe and currently lives in Fort Mill, SC. He joined Heritage Funeral and Cremation Service in 2001 following several years at Davis Funeral Home in Monroe. Robert graduated from Piedmont High School in Monroe and from Fayetteville Technical Community College with a diploma in Funeral Directing. Robert received his designation of CFSP (Certified Funeral Service Practitioner) in January of 2013. He is the manager of the Weddington Chapel of Heritage Funeral Home and is the current District 9 Director for the North Carolina Funeral Directors Association. He works alongside Karen Reardon in sales with Forest Lawn East Cemetery in Weddington. Robert is a parishioner of St. Matthew Catholic Church in Ballantyne. He enjoys spending time with his family, friends and his 4 loving puppies.
Karen Reardon, CFSP, Funeral Director
Karen has been in the funeral industry for over 20 years and joined Heritage Funeral and Cremation Service in 2006. She became a Certified Crematory Operator in 2003. In 2010 she received the designation of CFSP (Certified Funeral Service Practioner) becoming one of only about 25 in the state of North Carolina. She graduated from Fayetteville Technical Community College with a diploma in Funeral Directing. Prior to entering the Death Care industry Karen was in sports marketing for 7 years where she travelled as marketing rep on the PGA circuit handling player relations. Her background is sales and marketing and she is responsible for community outreach, advertising and cemetery sales at Forest Lawn East Cemetery. She is former Vice President of the North Carolina Cemetery Association, and sat on the board of Hospice of Union County for 12 years where she served in many capacities including as Vice Chairman where she was instrumental in working with the Capital Campaign to build a 3rd house at Hospice of Union County. Karen is the President for the North Carolina Funeral Directors Association. She was instrumental in working towards Heritage Funeral and Cremation Service winning the award of Pursuit of Excellence presented by the National Funeral Directors Association two years running. Karen is a member of the Order of the Eastern Stars. She lives in Matthews and is the proud mother of two grown children, Kevin and his daughters Natalie, Olivia and Bradleigh and Kimberly and her son Tyler and daughter Avery. In her spare time, Karen is a volunteer Wish Granter for Make A Wish of Charlotte which she finds great satisfaction in making dreams come true.
Robin Barron-McGrath, CFSP, Funeral Director/Embalmer, Certified Crematory Operator
Robin Barron-McGrath has been in the funeral industry since 2002. She graduated from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science with an Associates Science and Technology Degree in Funeral Service, Embalming, and Restoration Art. She is licensed to practice funeral service in North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina. In 2013, she received the designation of CFSP (Certified Funeral Service Practitioner) which shows that she is committed to exceptional service and life-long learning. Robin is an active member with Indian Trail United Methodist Church, (Past President) Indian Trail Lions Club, Union West Rotary Community Service Chair, Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 2423, and APFSP (Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice). Robin, originally from Pittsburgh, PA, moved to Falls Church, VA to obtain her training in Funeral Service, and as of 2005, an Indian Trail resident.
Ezra Dalton, Funeral Director/Embalmer
Ezra joined Heritage Funeral Home in September 2015. He graduated in 2007 from John A. Gupton College earning an Associate of Arts degree with a major in Funeral Service. Ezra and his wife relocated to the Charlotte area from Madisonville, TN where he was a funeral director and embalmer for 8 years at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home.
Jasmine Lingle, Funeral Director/Embalmer/Certified Crematory Operator
Jasmine joined Heritage Funeral Home in October 2014. She grew up in Indian Trail, NC, and currently lives in Matthews. Jasmine graduated from Sun Valley High School in 2011. In 2014, she graduated from Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood, SC, earning an Associates of Science degree with a major in Funeral Service. After serving her apprenticeship at Heritage Funeral Home, Jasmine received her North Carolina Funeral Service License in January 2016. She is also a certified crematory operator.
Matt Shuler, Accountant/Funeral Director Apprentice
Matt joined the Heritage Family in September 2014. His primary role is accounting, but will also be starting the apprenticeship and schooling process to become a licensed Funeral Director. His experience includes over 10 years of Retail and Restaurant Management as well as a background in Banking and Finance. Matt is also a veteran of the United States Army; having spent 7 years on active duty, achieved the rank of NCO SGT E-5 and was the recipient of numerous awards and decorations for his service. Originally from SW Florida, he and his family have resided in the Charlotte area for 8 years.
Terry Hough, Peaceful Pets
Terry has been with Heritage Funeral Home for 3 years, first serving a Funeral Service license apprenticeship, then moving into concentrating operating Peaceful Pets Funeral and Cremation Service. Terry's love for animals insures that everyone who has the need for this loving and compassionate service knows their pet has been well cared for.
Tommy Stilwell, Funeral Assistant
Tommy Stilwell a native of Matthews, NC has been married for 46 years and has two daughters and 5 grandchildren. He served 2 years in the Army as a Military Policeman, 14 months in Bangkok, Thailand. Tommy owned a masonary business for 38 years, has been a member of Stallings United Methodist Church, is a certified Lay Speaker, past district Lay Leader of the Albemarle District of the United Methodist Church. He enjoys speaking at churches in the area, and is available to speak at funerals and graveside services. Tommy has been employed at Heritage since 2010, and enjoys assisting families in their time of need.
Frank LaForgia, Funeral Assistant
Frank joined Heritage Funeral Home in 2011, assisting with visitations, church, chapel and graveside services. Frank and his family moved here from New Jersey 26 years ago with Royal Insurance. He is a parishioner of Saint John Neumann Catholic Church, and enjoys spending time with his family.
Charles Turner, Funeral Assistant
Charles L. Turner is a native of Union County. He is the longest standing employee having started in 1999. He is a proud and active member of Benton's Crossroads Baptist Church in Monroe, and CrimeStoppers of Union County.
Glenn M. Griffin, Funeral Assistant
Glenn M. Griffin, BRE, BA, Th.M, Th.D, born and grew up in Anson County. He left the community in 1969 to enter Bible College where he prepared for full-time pastoral ministry. He pastored three churches in a 43 year ministry. He enjoys preaching the 'Word of God" and does it with fervency, excitement and enthusiasm. His greatest passion is spending time with his wife, family and 7 wonderful grandchildren. Returning to North Carolina in 2007, Glenn began working with Heritage Funeral Home where he enjoys meeting, assisting and helping the families we serve. He is very pleased to be part of this organization serving the community.
Ira Bostic, Funeral Assistant
Ira Bostic, a resident of Stallings, has been a funeral assistant for Heritage Funeral Home since 2010. He is a native of Greenwood, SC, and a graduate of Lander University. Ira worked for 42 years in the chemical and fiber machinery industry, and retired from HGB Corporation. He is an active member of Stallings United Methodist Church, and a past board member of Union County Community Shelter. He serves as vice-chairman of the Stallings Transportation Advisory Committee, and volunteers with various community services groups.
Fernando Baquero, Spanish Funeral Assistant
Fernando Baquero, a native of Colombia, S.A. and became a United States citizen upon moving here in 1979. He is on the staff at Heritage Funeral Home, assisting with initial arrangements, visitations, church or chapel services and graveside services. From the time a death occurs, Fernando is available to coordinate the initial pick up of the deceased, to meeting with the family and interpreting all details to ensure that every Spanish speaking family’s wishes are carried out.
Jennette Sullivan, Funeral Director/Embalmer/Certified Crematory Operator
Jennette joined Heritage Funeral Home in August 2016. She was lovingly raised in Sawmills, NC, and now enjoys living in Charlotte. Jennette graduated from Fayetteville Technical Community College with a degree in Funeral Service in 2005. After serving families in Caldwell County, NC and Orange County, A, Jennette is proud to join the Heritage family. She is a member of the Junior League of Charlotte and enjoys being a "Big" in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte.