Our Staff In Memoriam

James A. Cannon, 1929 – 2015

James Cannon died at home surrounded by his family on Sunday, March 22, 2015. He will be dearly missed by the Cannon family, by the Heritage family and by the Golden Strip communities that he genuinely loved and served for decades.

He was a life-long resident of Fountain Inn, and a third generation Funeral Director. He attended Wofford College in Spartanburg and graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1949. After graduating and returning to Fountain Inn, he joined the family funeral business and served the community for more than 50 years.

Mr. Cannon was nationally recognized for his expertise in the industry and served as a member of the National Selected Morticians. He also served in numerous leadership capacities with the National Funeral Directors’ Association, the South Carolina Funeral Directors’ Association, the South Carolina Cemetery Association and the Southern Cemetery Association.

Mr. Cannon served numerous community organizations including the Fountain Inn Chamber of Commerce, City Council, the Lion’s Club and as a volunteer firefighter. He was an avid golfer, one of the original organizers of the Fox Run Country Club, a long-time member of the Greenville Country Club, the Senior Golfers of South Carolina and the Foothills Senior Golf Association.

He was a life-long member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Fountain Inn and was married to the late Sara Frances Askins. They had three children, Cathy Cannon Hubka, Carol Cannon Hopkins and James “Al” Cannon Jr.

It is the 135+ year history of family funeral service that led to the name of “Heritage” for the current organization.

Mr. Cannon was a Co-Owner and Director Emeritus of Heritage Funeral Home at the time of his death.

Dozier Brooks 1934-2014

We at Heritage lost a great friend on Saturday, August 9, 2014 when the Lord called Dozier home. He had taken a great interest in our organization and thoroughly enjoyed serving families as a Funeral Assistant. He will be dearly missed by Judy and their family, by the Heritage family and by the community, as a whole, that he so tirelessly served for decades.

We have replaced his biography with the obituary that was published at the time of his passing. It read as follows:

Dozier Brooks, 80, of Fountain Inn, husband of Judy Cook Brooks, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

Born in Union Springs, Alabama, he was a son of the late Alf Roland Brooks and Alma Jane Brooks.

Mr. Brooks was a graduate of Greenville Technical College and worked as a design and construction manager in a Civil Engineering Firm for many years from which he retired. He served our country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

Mr. Brooks served on the Greenville County Delegation Transportation Committee, the Hillcrest Hospital Advisory Council, and the Greenville Technical College, Brashier Campus, Advisory Board. He was a member of Harmony Baptist Church in Fountain Inn where he was a Deacon and former Treasurer. Mr. Brooks served eight years as a Greenville County Councilman and four years as Chairman. He served as Chairman of the Board of the Appalachian Council of Governments, Greenville County Planning Commission, and Fountain Inn City Council where he also served as Commissioner of both the Police and Fire Departments. He was a member of the Fountain Inn Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to his wife, Judy, he is survived by one son, John, and his wife Ashley, of Fountain Inn; two grandchildren, Paige and Parker Brooks; one brother, Alf Brooks Jr. and his wife, Lee, of Fountain Inn; one sister, Thelma Dodson, of Missouri; and eighteen nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Ashley; three brothers, and one sister.

The family received friends on Wednesday evening, August 13, 2014 from 5:30 until 7:30 PM at Heritage Funeral Home, Simpsonville.

The Funeral Service was on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 3:00 PM at Harmony Baptist Church in Fountain Inn. Interment followed in the Church cemetery.