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C. Brad Evans, CFSP

President & Owner of Harris Funeral Home

brad-evans.jpgA graduate of Abbeville High School, and a graduate of Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service. He is a member & Elder at the Abbeville Presbyterian Church where he is Chairman of the Building & Grounds Committee and serves on various boards and civic organizations throughout the community; he is Past-President of the Abbeville Rotary Club, Past-Chairman of the SCFDA Piedmont Group; Board of Director on the Greater Abbeville Chamber of Commerce, Treasurer of the Abbeville Historical Preservation Commission and former President of the Abbeville County First Steps Board. Also serves on the S.C. Board of Funeral Service, Lions Club, South Carolina Funeral Directors Association, Abbeville County School Board Trustee and the Academy of Funeral Service Practioners. He also serves as a trustee and Chairman of the Long Cane Cemetery Association. Brad was born in Greenwood, SC, to the late James B., Jr. and Cornelia Ashley Evans. He has two brothers, Jimmy & Mike Evans and a sister, Jennifer E. Hughes all of Abbeville. He is married to Mrs. Abby Walden Evans formally of Middletown, OH they have a son, Gage Andrew Evans, and a daughter, Isabella 'Bella" Cornelia Evans.

 

Abigail W. Evans

Funeral Assistant & Public Relations

abigail-w-evans.jpg Abby was born in Middletown, OH. She is a graduate of the University of Mississippi where she earned a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. Abby taught school in Charleston, SC for many years. Since moving to Abbeville she has been employed with the City of Abbeville in the Recreational Department and Event Coordinator for the City of Abbeville. She is a member of the Abbeville Women's Club and the Abbeville Presbyterian Church. She is married to C. Brad Evans and they have two children, Gage & Bella.

 

Gage Andrew Evans

Funeral Assistant & Public Relations

Gage is the son of Brad & Abby Evans. He attends Westwood Elementary School and is a vital part of the funeral home team. Gage enjoys playing, football, baseball and playing with his friends.

 

Bella Evans

Funeral Assistant & Public Relations

Bella is the daughter of Brad & Abby Evans. She attends Long Cane Primary School and is a vital part of the funeral home team. Bella enjoys playing with her friends.

 

Joyce Cameron Cooper

Aftercare Director

joyce-cameron-cooper.jpgJoyce Cameron Cooper was born and reared in Greenwood County. She graduated from Greenwood High School, Anderson College and Erskine College. She was married to the late Walter Cooper, mother of Mike Cooper of Beaufort, SC and Angie Mullet and her husband Myron of Greenwood, SC. She has three grandchildren, Joyce Marie (Chris), Anna Grace (Jay) and Cooper Mullet. After teaching in the Abbeville and Greenwood public school system she owned and operated the Strawberry Patch, a gift and decorating shop for 25 years. Joyce is a member of Southside Baptist Church. Blessed with a heart that cares greatly about people and a compassion for those who grieve, she has been associated with Harris Funeral Home as an administrative assistant and aftercare specialist for the past four years. The aftercare services are available for all who seek peace and consultation after the death of someone who is loved. Joyce is always available on individual basis and through support groups offered by Harris Funeral Home.

 

Pat Hodge

Licensed Funeral Director

pat-hodge.jpgPat Hodge was born in Winston-Salem, NC and a 1964 graduate of Abbeville High School and a 1968 graduate of Mars Hill College. Pat served in the U.S. Air Force, 1968-1972. He is married to Dena S. Hodge and they have three children, Jay Hodge of Anderson, Cary Hodge of Abbeville, and Millie Runyon of Charleston. Pat is an active member of New Hope Presbyterian Church; a member of the Abbeville Gideon Camp; a Director for Abbeville Savings & Loan, S.S.B. (Abbeville First Bank); is on the Board of Habitat for Humanity Abbeville-McCormick Counties and a member of the American Legion. Pat owned and operated Hodge Frozen Food serving Abbeville for 55 years.

 

Amanda Moss

Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer

amanda-moss.jpgAmanda Hershberger Moss was born and raised in Abbeville, SC. She is married to J.B. Moss of Abbeville and is the daughter of Don and Dawne Hershberger of Abbeville. She is a 2001 graduate of Abbeville High School and a 2005 graduate of the College of Charleston with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. Amanda is a 2010 honor graduate of Piedmont Technical College with a degree in Funeral Services. She was the recipient of the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship and the Charles M. Cox, Jr. Scholarship. Amanda was also named the 2010 Distinguished Student for Funeral Services at Piedmont Technical College. Amanda is a member of Main Street United Methodist Church in Abbeville and enjoys playing the bagpipes for community events and organizations in Abbeville and surrounding areas. When not working at Harris Funeral Home she is also employed with Wilbert Vault Company in Greenville, SC.

 

Charles Bowie

Funeral Assistant & Public Relations

charles-bowie.jpgCharles W. Bowie, Sr. was born in Abbeville County. Charles was married to the late Margaret L. Bowie of Abbeville and has two sons, Charles W. "Billy" Bowie, Jr. and James Michael "Mike" Bowie both of Abbeville. He is an active member of Southside Baptist Church, retired from Milliken & Co., Sharon Plant and is an active volunteer with Meals on Wheels in Abbeville.

 

H.M. 'Bub' Botts

Funeral Assistant & Public Relations

bub-botts.jpgHubert "Bub" Botts was born in Abbeville County and served in the U.S. Navy. He was married to the late Carolyn Evans Botts and they have one daughter Susan Chisholm and two grandchildren. Bub is a member of the Abbeville Presbyterian Church. He retired from Milliken & Co., Abbeville Plant after many years.

 

Tony Storey

Funeral Assistant & Public Relations

tony-storey.jpgToney was born in Calhoun Falls and was reared in Calhoun Falls and McCormick. He is a graduate of McCormick High School and Erskine College. He now resides in Due West and is a member of Due West ARP Church and Due West town council. Toney is retired from the State of South Carolina having served with DHEC and the S.C. Army National Guard.

He is married to the former Kitty Ballinger, of Clemson, S.C. They have two sons: Mac and John.

 

Ronny Culbreth

Funeral Assistant & Public Relations

ronny-culbreth.jpgRonny was born in Abbeville, SC to Howard J. & the late Virginia 'Gin' Culbreth. Ronny retired from the S.C. National Guard. He is married to Diane Temple Culbreth and they have two children, Cristy C. Evans and Chad Culbreth. Ronny is a member of Rice Memorial Baptist Church and works as needed as a ranger at Stoney Point Golf Course in Greenwood.

 

Ronnie Bosler

Funeral Assistant & Public Relations

ronnie-bosler.jpgRonnie is from Abbeville and is married to Cheryl Bosler. He is a member of Lebanon Presbyterian Church and a valuable asset to our team.

 

Spencer Sorrow

Funeral Assistant

spencer-sorrow.jpgSpencer is from Abbeville, and is married to Suzanne Whaley Sorrow. Spencer and Suzanne are members of the Abbeville First Baptist Church. Spencer currently serves on the Abbeville City Council and has for many years.

 

Loretta Swartzentruber

Funeral Assistant & Public Relations

loretta-swartzentruber.jpgLoretta is the daughter of Mary N. & the late Norman Swartzentruber. She is co-owner of Swartzentruber Bakery in Abbeville. Lorretta is a member of Cold Spring Mennonite Church and a devoted caregiver to many people in Abbeville.

 

Nancy Ashley Dunn

Administrative Assistant & Public Relations

coming-soon.pngNancy was born in Abbeville County to the late Charlie 'Clyde' & Marie Miller Ashley. She is a graduate of Erskine College and is married to Ricky Dunn. Nancy retired from the Sage Automotive Plant formely Milliken & Co. and was an employee there for over 25 years. She is a long time member of Beulah Baptist Church where she has played the piano for over 20 years. Nancy serves as our full-time administrative assistant.

 

Rick Culbreth

Grounds Maintenance & Monument Sales

rick-culbreth.jpgRick was born in Abbeville, and is the son of Frances Culbreth and the late Richard Culbreth of Abbeville. He enjoyes cooking taking care of his mother. Rick has been a valuable asset to our organization thru the years. He served as our Grave Operation Man and keep the grounds at Long Cane Cemetery for many years.

 

Fred Lewis

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John McMahan

Funeral Assistant and Public Relations

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David Strawhorn

Grave Operation Director

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Daniel Seigal

Grave Operation Assistant

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Our Story

our-staff.jpgEarly May of 1912, Harris Funeral Home was organized. Since that time, it has been the privilege of owners past and present to serve the people of Abbeville, SC and the surrounding communities. We have progressed from the day of the horse-drawn vehicle to the present day of paved roads and automobiles.

In April of 1912, Mr. William A. Harris, then a young man who had just completed his course at the Echols School of Embalming in Cincinnati, OH, returned to Abbeville to assume the junior partnership in the newly formed Harris and Calvert Funeral Directors and Practical Embalmers. The business occupied a small space in the rear of the Calvert Furniture Store.

As the years passed, the business expanded. In 1918, a new building was erected to house the undertaking plant. Most locals remember this building as Nickles Dry Cleaners. In 1921, Mr. Harris purchased the interest of Mr. W.A. Calvert and operated the business personally.

In 1927, realizing the need to enlarge, Mr. Harris rented the building on the square near the Eureka Hotel (Belmont Hotel). Here, he made changes as needed in that day and time. A small chapel, ample display room, a business office and a reception room seemed to answer those needs. With the progress of Abbeville and the changing demands of funeral service, this place soon became inadequate. One of the greatest objections to the crowded area was the lack of available parking space.

In 1939, within two blocks of the square, in a stones throw of many churches of the community, ample grounds for an ideal establishment was located. Mr. Harris once again made the decision to move the funeral home to its present day location. Assisting Mr. Harris was Mr. G.H. McIlwain who was married to Mrs. Mabel Smith McIlwain. Mr. and Mrs. McIlwain lived in the funeral home and assisted Mr. Harris with all the duties of the funeral home. Other assistants in 1939 were Guy Copeland and William B. Chandler. During the early 50’s, Mr. Harris decided it was time to retire. He sold the business to Mr. William B. Chandler. From 1951 to 1989, Mr. Chandler and his brother, Harry W. Chandler, owned and operated Harris Funeral Home with uncompromised service and a complete passion for taking care of the families they served.

In 1989, William B. “Bill” Chandler decided he was ready to retire and once he and his brother decided neither one wanted to take on ownership alone they sold the funeral home to Mr. Wayne L. Gantt who owns Blyth Funeral Home in Greenwood, SC. During the years of 1990 and 1991, Mr. Gantt completely remodeled the funeral home adding a chapel, extra rooms and a casket display room. Even though he was not from Abbeville, Mr. Gantt wanted to make sure his remodeling endeavor would be an asset to the community and something the people of Abbeville would be proud of.

In September of 2003, Mr. Gantt sold the funeral home to the present owner, a native Abbevillian, C. Brad Evans. Brad was born and raised in Abbeville. He is the son of Mr. James B. Evans, Jr. and the late Cornelia Ashley Evans. Brad graduated from Abbeville High School and Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in Atlanta, Georgia. He has a wealth of experience in the funeral business. He served his 2 year apprenticeship at Dunbar Funeral Home in Columbia. He then moved to Atlanta for school and was employed with A.S. Turner and Son Funeral Home. After mortuary school, with the goal of someday owning his own funeral home, he moved to Pageland, SC and worked for Sutton Funeral Home, a much smaller funeral home than those he had always worked. Realizing he missed the atmosphere of a much larger funeral home, he was offered the opportunity to move to Charleston, SC to manage McAlister-Smith Funeral Homes. Thinking he would never leave Charleston, in the summer of 2003, Brad was contacted by Wayne Gantt and offered the opportunity that he always wanted, to own his own funeral home. He was excited to have the chance to move back to his hometown, where his family lived, and serve the families him and his family had known all of their lives.

In September of 2005, Brad married Abigail Walden and they made their home in Abbeville, SC. In March of 2007, they had a son Gage Andrew Evans. As the youngest funeral home owner in South Carolina that was not raised in the business nor handed down to him, he gives much of his success to God, his family - wife, Abby; aunt, Nancy Ashley Dunn; sister, Jennifer E. Hughes; father, James B. Evans; brothers, Jimmy & Mike Evans; late grandmother, who inspired him to help others, Marie Miller Ashley and late mother, Cornelia A. Evans, who stood beside him every step of the way. In 1999 when Brad's mother died suddenly, it gave him a different outlook on funeral service. He was able to see the funeral business from the side of those he served. He was also able to prepare her for burial; as well as, assist with her funeral and will always cherish that opportunity.