History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our Valued Staff

  • Wes Hiott

    Wes Hiott Owner / Licensed Funeral Director

    Gary Weston Hiott, Jr. (Wes)

    Wes was born and raised in Pickens, South Carolina and continues to call this small town home. He graduated from Pickens High School in 1998 and continued his education at Greenville Technical College and is a recent graduate of Piedmont Tech with a degree in funeral services. Wes has been serving Pickens County families in the funeral/cemetery business for 17 years. During this time, he has earned many service and sales awards honoring his excellence in this field.
    He is married to Lindsey Gilstrap Hiott, who is also a Pickens native and has been a teacher at Ambler Elementary School for the past 13 years. They have two young children, Hadley and Hayes, which make the investment in this community even more important to Wes. He is passionate about the revitalization of Pickens and hopes to contribute and ensure that it will be a thriving and desirable community for future generations. Wes and his family are well-established in Pickens, the Hiott name goes back to 1871 when the first issue of the Pickens Sentinel was published. Hiott Printing, established in 1924, is the oldest family-owned business in Pickens. His family has significant and meaningful ties to this community. In fact, his great-grandfather, Gary Hiott, Sr. discovered the Pickens High School legendary mascot, the Blue Flame. The future of this community depends on innovation, while maintaining an emphasis on small-town family values. Wes has the desire to follow the footsteps of his family heritage and make a lasting impact and positive impression on the Pickens community.
    Wes has seen many families impacted by the rising costs of funeral expenses. Most families are put in a financial crisis if there is no insurance or other forms of payments. Wes is proposing a more affordable funeral option to the Pickens community and extending this service to Oconee County by opening a second facility in Seneca. There is no other option like this within the Pickens and Oconee areas. We believe there is high demand for the services that Mountain View Funerals and Cremations will offer with a superior level of service to back it up.

  • Don  Turner

    Don Turner Manager

    Don Alan Turner Sr.
    Manager, Funeral Director, Embalmer, Preneed Director

    Don has lived and served families in the upstate for over thirty-five years. He has served families of Pickens for the last 8 years.

    He and his wife of 32 years, Suzi Turner, have two sons: Don “Alan” Turner Jr, who lives in Charleston with his wife HopeEllen, and Adam James Turner. Adam works part time at Mountain View.


    Don graduated from Gupton Jones College, Atlanta Georgia in 1989, receiving his degree in Mortuary Science. He is licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer, and Preneed Director.

    Don started working in the funeral business in Travelers Rest, SC at the age of 16 in the 10th grade. At that time, he worked summers and weekends.

    “My calling is to assist families in the time of need, when they have lost a most precious loved one. The rewarding part to me is seeing a small smile and hearing them say thank you through their sadness!”

  • E. Tyler Morris

    E. Tyler Morris Licensed Funeral Director/ Licensed Embalmer

    Eddie Tyler Morris was born and raised in Commerce, GA. His call to funeral service began at the young age of 13, he began washing cars, and cutting grass. It was not to long before his calling grabbed ahold of him. Tyler is a 2012 graduate of Commerce High School, and attended Gupton- Jones College of Funeral Service following high school where he obtained an A.A.S in Mortuary Science.

    Tyler is a Dual Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in GA, SC, NC, as well as a Licensed Insurance agent. Tyler has served the Oconee County and surrounding upstate area since 2017 in his above mentioned role as a Funeral Professional and paramedic.

    Tyler is married to to Jana H. Morris who has also grown up in funeral service, as her late father owned and operated a small town funeral home in Georgia until his passing. Together they reside in Lavonia, GA and have two beautiful children Steven and Adeline. Tyler and his wife are members of The Pointe Church in Toccoa, GA.

    “When the opportunity to offer professional and more economic burial and cremation services to the many friends and families of Oconee and Pickens County presented itself, Joining the Mountain View Team was a easy decision”

  • Zachary Golden

    Zachary Golden Apprentice Funeral Director , Mountain View Memorial Manager

    Zachary James Golden (Zach)
    Mountain View Manager, Apprentice Funeral
    Zach is a native of Pickens and has been serving families in the funeral and cemetery business since 2012. He is attending Piedmont Technical College working on his funeral service degree.

    He and his wife of 10 years, Kayla Golden, have three young children; Connor, Karleigh, and Colton. Zach and his family are members of Fairview Independent Baptist Church in Pickens. Zach also answered his greatest calling which is to preach the gospel in 2018.

    Zach sees the funeral business as a great honor to help those in their greatest time of need.

  • Chad Trotter

    Chad Trotter Administrative Assistant

  • Josh  Hiott

    Josh Hiott Administrative Assistant - Funeral Assistant

  • Sam  Couch

    Sam Couch Funeral Assistant

  • Mary Grant

    Mary Grant Administrative Assistant

  • Debra Lovinggood Harris

    Debra Lovinggood Harris Adimistrative Assistant

  • L.C. Willis

    L.C. Willis Funeral Assistant

  • Adam  Turner

    Adam Turner Funeral Assistant

  • Caleb Orr

    Caleb Orr Funeral Assistant