History & Staff
Personalized service options allow you to honor your loved ones in a way that is both meaningful and healing. We hope to provide support and caring while delivering memorial services that celebrate life and help families find the peace they deserve.
If you’re seeking an honorable celebration of life, we invite you to learn more about where we came from, our vision, and the dedicated people behind our work.
A History of Caring
Heritage Memorial Funeral Home was founded in 1994 by Rabun O. Smith who previously had 47 years’ experience in the funeral industry, 41 of those being a fully licensed funeral director and embalmer. Rabun Smith moved to Warner Robins in 1969 and went into partnership with Mr. Lamar Christopher to form Christopher-Smith Funeral Home. After Mr. Christopher’s retirement in 1979, Smith bought out his share of the funeral home. During this time Smith also served as president of the Georgia Funeral Directors Association in 1987.
In 1988 Smith sold Christopher-Smith Funeral Home and continued to serve families in the community for six more years until retiring. After enjoying retirement for a few years, Smith decided that he wanted to go back into the funeral business and opened Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in 1994 with Clinton W. Tanner. Today, Smith’s daughter, Kimberly S. Harris, is still involved with the business caring for families and serving the community.
Our Staff’s Dedication to Respectful Care
A funeral, or memorial service, should provide family members and loved ones with the chance to reflect, remember, and celebrate a life well-lived. Our goal is to create exceptional services and experiences that fulfill the wishes of your loved one. Our experienced Funeral Directors provide guidance on the crucial first steps toward healing.
Location Leader/Funeral Director/Embalmer
Jason completed his apprenticeship at Christopher-Smith Funeral Home from 1999-2001 and in 2001; he traveled to Statesboro, Georgia to pursue his degree. He graduated with honors from Ogeechee Technical College in July 2003 with a degree in Funeral Service Management.
Jason was born in Savannah, Georgia and grew up in Perry where his parents moved after he was born. He attended The Westfield Schools until his sophomore year in high school and graduated from Perry High School in 1991. He graduated from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College with an Associate’s degree in Ag Marketing. After college, he worked for Tolleson Lumber Company. He really enjoyed his job and what he was doing, until his grandmother passed away in 1998. Jason had always had an itch to be a part of the funeral business, his brother is also a funeral director, and had debated on going to school several times. However, it wasn’t until his grandmother’s passing that he realized what his true calling was.
He is married to the former Katherine Blount of Perry. She is a 5th grade teacher at Kings Chapel Elementary. They have two sons Blake and Ben . He and his family live in Perry, and are members of Cross Point Baptist Church. In Jason’s free time he loves to deer hunt, salt-water fish, and play golf.
Kim just recently graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta and received her degree in Mortuary Science. Kim is married to David Harris, also from Warner Robins. They have twin daughters, Charly and Lauren, who are currently attending College. Kim loves the outdoors, working with her five horses, waterskiing, and spending time with her family. Having grown up with her father in the funeral business, it is Kim's desire to continue the business and serve the members of the surrounding community with the same respect and dignity that her father shared with so many.
Leigh is the daughter of Keith and Ann Watson. She is a lifelong resident of Warner Robins, Georgia and a 2011 graduate of Warner Robins High School. Leigh and her family are members of Southside Baptist Church. After high school, she attended Georgia Military College where in 2013, she earned an Associate’s Degree in Pre-Nursing. Shortly after, Leigh realized nursing wasn’t for her and decided to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a licensed funeral director and embalmer. She graduated from Ogeechee Technical College in 2015 with her degree in funeral services. After two years working in the funeral industry, Leigh joined the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home team in February 2016 as a full time Funeral Directors Apprentice. In her free time, Leigh enjoys trips to the beach, shopping, and spending time with friends and family. Leigh truly feels that the funeral industry is a ministry. She is passionate about her work and feels blessed to be able to serve the families of our community in their time of need.
Apprentice Funeral Director/Embalmer
Kelly was born the youngest of five siblings, too Lloyd and Martha Foust. He is a lifelong resident of Warner Robins, Georgia and a 1992 graduate of Northside High School. He has two daughters, Brittany and Brianna. Kelly and his daughters are members of the First Baptist Church of Centerville. Kelly is an avid hunter and fisherman and loves playing softball. He started his funeral service career while in high school, working part-time with McCullough Funeral Home under the late Jimmy McCullough. However, he went on to pursue other career opportunities before finally working part-time for Heritage Memorial in 2002 under the late Rabun O. Smith. Kelly became a fulltime member on staff at Heritage in November 2008. He is currently working on his apprenticeship and attending Mortuary school to obtain his Funeral Director and Embalming Degree.
Apprentice Funeral Director/Embalmer/Chaplain
Andy Pickens was born and raised in Centerville, Georgia. He graduated from Northside High School class of ’93. Andy married his high school sweet heart, Melissa, and they have four children Drew, Ashley, Emily, and Abby. He later graduated with a B.A. from Trevecca Nazarene University and is an Ordained Elder in the Church of the Nazarene where Andy serves as a Chaplain. He served as a pastor in a few churches in Georgia including the First Church of the Nazarene in Warner Robins. Andy entered the funeral industry in 2004 and worked at a couple of Funeral Homes in Macon as a Funeral Service Apprentice and Chaplain.
“I saw the funeral industry as an opportunity to help hurting families through a difficult time. I thought as a Funeral Chaplain I could do a lot of good, and I did. Then, as the funeral home I was working at exposed me to more of the science and business side of the industry, I learned I could do as much good from the other side of the pulpit at a funeral service.”
Andy came to Heritage Memorial Funeral Home and Crematory in April, 2016 as a Funeral Service Apprentice/Chaplain and is a currently pursuing an Associate’s degree in Funeral Service Education at Ogeechee Technical College. He enjoys spending time with his family, canoeing, a good story, an engaging conversation, and lots of laughs!
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do that, because what the world needs are people who are truly alive!” G.K. Chesterton
Sheila was born in Starke, FL to the late Cecil and Velma Hammond of Centerville, GA. She graduated from Northside High School and attended Lee University in Cleveland, TN. Sheila is married to Tommy DuPriest, from Macon, GA. Tommy has been employed at Robins Air Force Base for 28 years. They have two children, Stephanie (Chad) Campbell and Michael (Mika) DuPriest, and four wonderful grandchildren, Cali, Sloan, Marlee, and Judah. In her spare time, Sheila enjoys spending quality time with family and anything involving her grandchildren. She enjoys her friends, shopping, and exercising. Sheila is an active member of River of Light Church of God. Sheila considers it a ministry and receives personal satisfaction to be able to help families in their time of sorrow. She is honored to be a part of the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home Staff.