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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.

Patrick Huff

Funeral Director in Charge/Embalmer, Certified Crematory Operator

Pat holds a bachelor’s degree in Funeral Management from Mid-America Funeral College in Jefferson, Indiana, and became licensed in 2012. He received his Florida license in 2021. Pat is a retired Army Veteran of 30 years. He is also involved with the American Legion of Niceville and is the First Vice at the Amvets in Valparaiso, FL.

Patti Harper

Cemetery Manager and Bookkeeper

Patti is a long-life resident of Niceville. She joined the Heritage Gardens team in 2002. Patti’s dedication to the care of the cemetery is evident as you walk around the beautiful, peaceful setting. When not working she enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her family and friends.

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


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.


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

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