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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 Hayes, a Medically Retired Army Veteran, brings over 8 years of experience in Contract Management for the US Government. His dedication to veteran causes is evident through his involvement with the Night Stalker Foundation and the Wounded Warrior Foundation. Since 2019, Andrew has been a pivotal part of the Heritage Gardens team in Niceville, where he has resided for over 28 years. He enjoys family time with his wife and three children.

Brandy Coryell

Funeral Director In Charge/Embalmer

Brandy Coryell, inspired by her mother's career in funeral service, pursued her passion at the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, where she graduated with honors. As a dedicated mother of three, Brandy balances her professional commitment with personal interests in gardening and scuba diving. Residing in Baker, FL, she brings a compassionate approach to her role at Heritage Gardens.

Nate Gray

Associate/Crematory Operator

Nate Gray, a Navy Veteran, has been an integral part of Heritage Gardens since 2021, contributing to various aspects of the business, including the crematory and cemetery. Nate's military experience enriches his role, and he enjoys hiking, visiting parks with his dog, and socializing with friends in his leisure time.

Emily Carr

Administrative Assistant/Receptionist

Emily Carr, a Navy Veteran with two combat deployments, joined Heritage Gardens after separating from the Navy in 2022. Her experience on board the USS Port Royal and with the USS Essex detachment crew informs her role as Administrative Assistant/Receptionist. Emily is passionate about connecting with people and indulges in running, reading, and relaxing in hammocks at the park during her free time.


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

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