Our Story

Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.

Ever since we opened our doors we have approached life (and death) differently, with honesty,compassion and integrity. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.

Why Us?

In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.

We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without intimidation or creating over spending. And how to meet the needs of many caring families. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond with kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a memorable service and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.

Learn the legacy.

Heritage Funeral and Cremation Service was founded in 1998 by Harris High and Carolyn Williams with a vision to provide our local communities with an independently owned and managed funeral and cremation service 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. Simply Cremations of Charlotte is a state of the art cremation facility with a private family viewing room. At Simply Cremations our goal is to provide the highest quality of service to families desiring direct cremation. Our staff will meet families, process necessary paperwork, and offer options such as urns, stationery and jewelery.

Who We Are

Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.

Harris  High, CFSP

Harris High, CFSP

Owner/Founder - Funeral Director - Certified Crematory Operator
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Carolyn  Williams

Carolyn Williams

Owner/Founder
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Robert  Murphy, CFSP

Robert Murphy, CFSP

Funeral Director
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Karen  Reardon, CFSP

Karen Reardon, CFSP

Funeral Director
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Matthew Shuler

Matthew Shuler

Accountant/Funeral Director
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Robin  Barron, CFSP

Robin Barron, CFSP

Funeral Director/Embalmer, Certified Crematory Operator
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Ezra Dalton

Ezra Dalton

Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Jasmine Lingle

Jasmine Lingle

Funeral Director/Embalmer/Certified Crematory Operator
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Kelsey Ahlgrim

Kelsey Ahlgrim

Funeral Apprentice
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Elizabeth Morris

Elizabeth Morris

Funeral Director Apprentice
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Terry  Hough

Terry Hough

Peaceful Pets
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David Nunnery

David Nunnery

Funeral Assistant/Community Outreach
Tommy  Stilwell

Tommy Stilwell

Funeral Assistant
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Barbara Duke

Barbara Duke

Funeral Assistant
Frank LaForgia

Frank LaForgia

Funeral Assistant
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Charles Turner

Charles Turner

Funeral Assistant
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Glenn M. Griffin

Glenn M. Griffin

Funeral Assistant
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Fernando  Baquero

Fernando Baquero

Spanish Funeral Assistant
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