Our Valued Staff

W. Andrew Byrd

Andy Byrd is a 1988 graduate of Erskine College and the Executive MBA Program at the Bryan School of Business and Economics at UNCG. He spent 11 years with the Cone Mills Corporation and 13 years as a partner in the Financial Services industry with Al Cannon, a 4th generation Funeral Director and son of James A. Cannon. It was through years as business partners and years of discussion between the Cannon and Byrd families that led to the creation of Heritage Funeral Home and the subsequent acquisition of Cannon Funeral Home and Cannon Memorial Park.

Andy and his wife, Tyree, recently celebrated their 28th anniversary. They have three children; Merritt (25), Parker (22) and Anna Clair (18). The Byrds are active members of Buncombe Street United Methodist Church where Andy served on the Youth Board and College Advisory Board. He is a 2011 Fellow of the Bon Secours St. Francis Foundation Leadership Forum, served on the Advisory Committee to the Museum & Art Gallery of Bob Jones University, was Vice President of the E.C. Foundation, President of the Erskine College Alumni Association twice and served as program coordinator for the Simpsonville Rotary Club. Andy served as a member of The Family Effect Board of Directors, the Erskine Board of Counselors, the United Way Board of Union County, and as Director of “Homeward Bound”, a Christian based family retreat.

Andy – Owner, President, and licensed Funeral Director.
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Preston Charles Calvert, Jr.

Chuck Calvert is a 1978 graduate of Hillcrest High School and has served in the Funeral Industry in the local community since 1999. Prior to the funeral business, Chuck worked at Cryovac, and then served as the Youth Pastor at Temple Baptist Church. He has lived in Simpsonville his entire life and is the father of two grown sons; Hayden and Ruston. Chuck is the son of Preston & Jackie Calvert, also life-long residents of Simpsonville and members of Temple Baptist Church.

Chuck served families across the Golden Strip Communities as a licensed Funeral Director for many years before retiring in April 2019.

James Wesley Davis

Jimmy Davis is a native of Greenville, a 1988 graduate from Wofford College and earned a Masters of Business Administration “MBA” from Clemson University. After graduation, Jimmy remained in the upstate and worked for a local accounting firm where he earned his Certified Public Accountant “CPA” certification. He is a member of the AICPA and SCACPA. Prior to joining the Heritage staff, Jimmy spent 15 years as the Controller with Pepsi Cola of Greenville.

Jimmy has been an active member of Buncombe Street United Methodist Church his entire life where he and his wife attend today. He serves on the Staff Parrish Committee, the Sports and Recreation Committee, and serves the Church as a volunteer with the sound and media productions during contemporary services. Jimmy has been an active member of the Foothills Emmaus Community, an upstate Christian organization, since 2000.

Jimmy and his wife, Lou Ellen, have been married over 25 years and have one grown son, Wes.

Jimmy is a licensed Funeral Director having completed the Funeral Service Program at Piedmont Technical College at the top of his class. Jimmy serves as the Controller.
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Carol Armstrong

Carol is a familiar face to those from the area since she has lived in Fountain Inn since 1972. She has been serving families at Cannon Memorial Park for 11 years. Carol’s previous career was in textiles at the Furman Plant for 28 years.

Carol serves as the Manager of Cannon Memorial Park and Administrative Manager for Cannon Funeral Home.

Andrew Parker Byrd

Parker Byrd graduated from Christ Church Episcopal School, attended Anderson University, worked with Wilbert Vault Company, Sullivan King Mortuary and now within our organization serving families.

Parker served on the Youth Leadership Team at Buncombe Street United Methodist Church; and enjoys everything about the outdoors including hunting, fishing, golf, tennis, and spending time on the water at both the lake and the coast.

 

Merritt Byrd Bell

Merritt Byrd Bell graduated from Southside Christian School and from Presbyterian College with a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. She was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi organization. Prior to joining our organization, Merritt worked at OOBE Brand and EP+Co.

Merritt and her husband, Cameron Bell, currently reside in Greenville. They are both active members of Buncombe Street United Methodist Church.

Merritt serves as the Assistant Manager of Cannon Memorial Park and as an Administrative Assistant for both Cannon & Heritage Funeral Homes.

Claude Kirby Ballew

Kirby Ballew is a native of Simpsonville. He is married to Thelma Jones Ballew and is the father of three sons, Kee, Jeff and Scott. He is a grandfather to 9 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

Kirby retired as the Director of the Recreation Department for the City of Simpsonville after 26 years of service, served as Traffic Manager for Her Majesty Manufacturing Company and is the Vice President of Guarantee Carpet Cleaning and Dye Systems.

He is an active member of First Baptist Church of Simpsonville and The Challengers Connect 4 Group which supports missions both locally and worldwide.

Kirby serves as a Funeral Assistant.

Thelma A. Ballew

A native of Greenville, Thelma moved to Simpsonville in 1954. She is married to Kirby Ballew and has 3 daughters, Reba, Kim and Yolanda, and 3 stepsons Kee, Jeff and Scott. She is a proud grandmother of six grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Thelma enjoys Golf and supporting her grandchildren in their sports, music and other activities.

Thelma is a member of First Baptist Church Simpsonville and the Challengers Connect 4 Group, focusing on local and foreign missions. She was a Licensed Cosmetologist and former owner of several Salons of Hair Design. She retired from Century 21 as a Licensed Realtor having served the Golden Strip for 15 years.

Thelma serves as a Funeral Assistant and Receptionist.

William Ray Brown

Ray Brown is a native of Fountain Inn and attended Hillcrest High School. Married to the former Barbara Shipman in 1959, Ray and Barbara have two children, a late son, Dwayne, and a daughter, Lorraine B. Greene. Ray was a life-long member of Fairview Street Baptist Church in Fountain Inn and he and Barbara are active members today at Holly Ridge Baptist Church in Simpsonville.

Ray entered law enforcement in 1963 and served the surrounding communities until retiring “the first time” in 1992. His career began as a Police Officer in Fountain Inn and continued in the Greenville County Sheriff’s Department. Ray studied criminal justice at Greenville Technical College and transferred to the 13th Circuit Solicitors Office as the Chief Investigator for the now Federal Judges William W. Wilkins and William B. Traxler. Ray retired from active duty law enforcement in 1992 after 30+ years and having served our communities as the Chief of Police in both Simpsonville and Fountain Inn. He later re-entered the workforce as a District Manager with American Security and as a Trainer for SLED, a position he filled until 2005.

Ray serves as a Funeral Assistant.

Larry Henry Couch

Larry Couch and his wife, Linda, have lived in Simpsonville since 1971. They have two daughters; Tamara has been in Heaven since 1996 and Lisa and her family live in Greenville. They have three beautiful grandchildren.

Larry was originally from Bristol, Tennessee. He moved to Greenville to attend Bob Jones University in 1962 from which he received his BA and the Bachelor of Divinity. He is a retired LT. Col., from the Army Reserves where he spent 28 years as Chaplain. He still holds monthly services for an Army Reserve Unit. His civilian work for 41 years was Operations Manager for Factory Furniture, in Mauldin, where he retired in 2012.

Larry and Linda have been active members of Calvary Baptist Church, Simpsonville, since 1991 where he serves on the Missions Committee, is a care group leader in Sunday school, leads the prayer chain for the Golden Gems, and Zone Offense for each Church service.

Larry serves as a Funeral Assistant.

Wilton Fowler

Wilton L. Fowler was born and grew up in Conestee, SC and now resides in Mauldin, SC with his wife, Joan Durham Fowler.

Mr. Fowler surrendered to the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ in 1971 and considers it a privilege to help families with funeral services. He attends Victory Chapel Baptist Church in Conestee. Mr. Fowler served our country in the United States Army in Germany during the Berlin Crisis. He graduated from Hillcrest High School and continued his education at Greenville Technical College majoring in Transportation Management. He retired in 2012 From Am-Can / Great Wide Logistic. Mr. Fowler has held many positions with the Veterans of Foreign Wars and currently serves as District Commander. His love and passion has been to help Veterans. He has presided over many such funerals and feels his calling is to minister to the bereaved and to those who have spiritual need. Wilton has two children, a daughter, Stephanie Dawn Fowler, and a son, Ronald Lee Fowler; two grandchildren, Ryan and Leigh Fowler; and three great- grandchildren, Ashland, Elijah and Savannah Fowler.

Wilton serves as a Funeral Assistant.

June Smith

June Smith has been with Cannon Funeral Home since 2013. She is an active member of Rocky Creek Baptist Church and volunteers with Miracle Hill’s Overcomers Program. June and her late husband raised two sons, and she now enjoys spending time with her four grandchildren. She spent four decades in the printing industry.

June serves as a Receptionist.

Guy Altizer

After serving 11 years in the United States Air Force, Guy Altizer, his wife, Cookie, and their three sons moved to the Greenville area 42 years ago to prepare for Christian ministry.

In 1984, they lost their 18-year-old son in a car accident.  This tragic event has given Guy and Cookie a heart of compassion for grieving families.

Guy served as the founding pastor of Calvary Baptist Church on Grandview Drive, Simpsonville for approximately 19 years. He retired from the church in 2003 and started Windows of Heaven, a ministry to foreign and domestic missionaries.

Guy is very active at Calvary teaching evangelistic Bible studies, over-seeing the outreach program of the church and directing the Wednesday night prayer service.

Guy serves as a Funeral Assistant.

Cannon Memorial Park Valued Staff

Steve Ware, Donnie Roach, Donald “Chicken” Smith, Chad Pollard