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Our Staff


Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

Andrew Hayes

Business Manager

Andrew is a Medically Retired Army Veteran with an additional 8+ years of Contract Management for the US Government. He is involved with Night Stalker Foundation and the Wounded Warrior Foundation. He and his family have lived in the Niceville area for over 28 years, and he has been working with Heritage Gardens since 2019. During his free time, Andrew likes to spend time with his wife and three children.

Brandy Coryell

Funeral Director In Charge/Embalmer

Brandy is a dedicated mother of three with a passion for helping others. Inspired by her mother, who was an Office Manager at a funeral home, Brandy went to mortuary school in 2020 and graduated with honors from Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. She now lives in Baker, FL, and in her spare time enjoys gardening and scuba diving.  

Lauren Brunke

Funeral Director/Embalmer Intern

Lauren graduated in 2022 from the Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in Houston, Texas. She is currently working to become a licensed funeral director in Florida. Lauren enjoys gardening, cooking, and spending time with her four rescue dogs.

Nate Gray

Associate/Crematory Operator

Nate is a Navy Veteran who works in all aspects of the business including the crematory and cemetery. He has been with Heritage Gardens since 2021. In his free time, Nate likes to hike, go to the park with his dog, and spend time with friends.

Emily Carr

Administrative Assistant/Receptionist

Emily is a Navy Veteran with two combat deployments on board USS Port Royal and as a detachment crew of the USS Essex. After separating from the Navy in 2022, Emily now applies her passion for making meaningful connections with people through her work as the Administrative Assistant/Receptionist at Heritage Gardens. In her spare time, she finds joy in running, reading and hammocking at the park.


Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM | For immediate assistance anytime, call 1-850-729-1955

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