Meet the people that make everything we do possible.
Ever since we opened our gates we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are not a burial ground. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.
Who We Are
Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.
Stephen and Nancy Posey
Stephen and Nancy Posey have been an integral part of the North Augusta community since the mid-1950's. As a third generation funeral director and owner, Stephen has provided the leadership which is the foundation for the care that Posey's continues to provide to families in need. Nancy Ledbetter Posey has worked, along with Stephen, to support and help those in need. Both Stephen and Nancy are active in civic, church and family activities and when not working at the funeral home you may very well see them enjoying a walk along the Greeneway.
Stephen is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in both South Carolina and Georgia, having graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He remains an active member of NFDA, SCFDA, GFDA, the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, the Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia, the British Institute of Embalmers, and is a former member of the South Carolina Board of Funeral Service. In 2009, Stephen received the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce's award for Small Business Person of the Year.
Nancy Posey grew up in North Augusta, the daughter of Robert and Katherine Ledbetter. She has been married to Stephen since 1972 and is an integral part of Posey Funeral Directors. She has a love for gardening, especially roses, and is an active part of the North Augusta community. Nancy loves being "Nana" to their five grandchildren.
(Stephen Posey: SC: 1268/ GA: 3081 (FD); 2678 (EMB))
Walker S. Posey
Managing Director: SC: 3339
Walker Posey is a fourth-generation funeral director and embalmer with a family history dating back 130 years in funeral service. Walker is a graduate of Brigham Young University and The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Walker holds funeral director and embalmer licensure in South Carolina and Georgia, South Carolina pre-need funeral insurance licensure , and is a member of the Academy of Funeral Service Practitioners. He has served as vice president of the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association and is currently a spokesperson for the National Funeral Directors Association. In the community, Walker serves on the board of The Family Y of the CSRA, North Augusta 2000 and is a member of Rotary International.
Melissa Posey Loose
Funeral Director: SC: 3813
Melissa Posey Loose is a fourth-generation funeral director licensed in South Carolina. Having also spent time in her career as an educator, a writer, and editor, Melissa brings a unique perspective as she shares the importance of memorialization with our community and helps families craft unique services to honor their loved ones. She has been instrumental in developing Posey's grief support program that provides grief tools and training to schools and community organizations and allows members of the community to support one another in their journey back to Joy through weekly group meetings, semi-annual seminars, and annual holiday programs. Twice a graduate of Brigham Young University, Melissa is married to Rob Loose, and they are the parents of Thayer and Vivienne as well as Daisy, the family's mini dachshund.
William R. Anderson
Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer: SC:2397/GA:3426 (FD); 2983 (EMB)
Rusty joined our firm in January 2008. A 1983 graduate of Gupton Jones College of Mortuary Science, Rusty is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in both South Carolina and Georgia. He is married to Donna Anderson, an SRS/DOE employee, and they are members of First Baptist Church of North Augusta. They have a daughter and son-in-law, Jesslyn and Zachary Pearson, who live in North Augusta. Rusty and Donna are the grandparents to Evie Diane Pearson.
Benjamin P. Major
Funeral Director/Embalmer: SC: 3562/ GA: 5333 (FD); 4929 (EMB)
Ben joined Posey Funeral Directors in 2011 as a licensed funeral director and embalmer. Originally from Prosperity, South Carolina, he is a graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and has had an interest and passion for funeral service since the age of 18. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the North Augusta Exchange Club. Ben is married to Anna Major, and they have two daughters. He enjoys the outdoors, spending time with his family, and being a new dad.
Brian Van Heck
Funeral Director/Embalmer: SC: 4102/ GA: 5641 (FD); 5241 (EMB)
Alyss Noe Gaillard
Funeral Director and Embalmer: SC: 4417 (FD/EMB)
Alyss joined Posey Funeral Directors in 2018 as a funeral director/embalmer apprentice. And recently became a licensed funeral director in 2021 and licensed embalmer in 2022. Alyss is a graduate of Winthrop University with a degree in Business Administration and Piedmont Technical College with a degree in Funeral Services Sciences. She feels like she was called to this profession for her passion to serve families during their most difficult times. Alyss is also a member of the Sweetwater Baptist Church and an alumni member of the Delta Zeta sorority. She is recently married to her husband, Baylen Gaillard, and they love spending time with their fur babies, Lucky and Moose, as well as their families.
Glynnis joined Posey Funeral Directors in 2018, having served as a Pastoral Associate for 21 years at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church. During her years at OLP, she served as a Religious Educator, an extra-ordinary Minister of Communion, and as a minister to sick and homebound. Glynnis additionally served as a hospice volunteer for 12 years, which eventually led her to be an in-home caregiver. Her service in Bereavement Ministry led her to complete a course in Funeral Home Business Management from Stratford Career Institute. The mother of two, Glynnis is married to Warren Doolittle. She is a happy grandmother to three grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.
Director of Crematory Operations/Funeral Assistant
Ted joined Posey Funeral Directors in 2007, having retired from SRS as Deputy Operations Manager in Transportation. He has resided in North Augusta for 35 years. Ted is married to Connie Pennington, and they have one child and a granddaughter. They are members of Grace United Methodist Church, where Ted serves on the Endowment Committee.
Frank McKnight has been with Posey Funeral Directors since 1999, having retired from Prudential Insurance. He and his wife Barbara, a retired teacher, are members of Curtis Baptist Church where Frank serves as a Deacon. They are proud to have two sons, three grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.
Gurney C. Wiggins
Gurney began working at Posey Funeral Directors in 2010 after retiring as Fire Chief of the Savannah River Site. He is a member of Faith Baptist Church, where he serves as a Deacon; Hopewell Masonic Lodge #127 AFM; Jackson Volunteer Fire Department; and Silver Bluff Athletic Booster Club, where he serves as president. Gurney currently serves on the Town Council of Jackson, South Carolina, Mayor Pre Tem. He is married to Kathy Wiggins, and they have two children and two grandchildren.
Wyman L. Dressel
Wyman joined Posey Funeral Directors in 2013 after retiring from International Paper with 38 years of service. A life-long resident of the CSRA, he is a member of Sweetwater Baptist Church and Gideons International North Augusta camp. Wyman is married to Sherry P. Dressel. They have one son, two grandchildren, and one great grandchild.
Bob came to Posey Funeral Directors in 2012 after retiring as the Director of Parks Recreation and Leisure Services for the City of North Augusta. He is a member of First Baptist Church of North Augusta and Gideons International, North Augusta Camp. He also currently serves on the North Augusta City Council. Bob is married to Nancy T. Brooks, and they have two children and two grandchildren.
George joined Posey Funeral Directors in 2017, having spent the majority of his professional career as an accountant. A U.S. Navy veteran, he is the proud father of two sons, eight grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
Dr. Martin Riser
Dr. Riser joined Posey Funeral Directors in 2019, retiring from pastoral ministry for over 30 years. For 20 years he served his country in the South Carolina National Guard and spent from 2003-2004 in combat service in Iraq. He has been married to his loving wife, Cathy Riser for 50 years; they have a son, Caleb; a daughter, Erin; and three grandchildren. Dr. Riser enjoys hunting, fishing and making hand crafted wooden bowls.
Randy began working at Posey Funeral Directors in 2021 after retiring as a Certified Medical Representative. He is a member of the Grace United Methodist Church. Randy served as the former president of the Exchange Club of North Augusta and the CSRA Shag Club, of which he is still a lifetime member. He is married to Tracy Parks, and they have three children and one grandchild.