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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.

Jonathan E. Pitts

Manager - Funeral Director in Charge

Jonathan is a 2012 graduate of Bishop State Community College in Mobile, AL, where he received a degree in Mortuary Science. He has been with Heritage Gardens since 2008. He is very active with his church and enjoys spending time with his family.

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.

Patrick Huff

Funeral Director/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.

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 works in all aspects of the business including the crematory and cemetery. He has been with Heritage Gardens since 2021. Nate served his country in the US Navy. 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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