Wes Hiott Owner
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 currently a licensed funeral director apprentice.
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 everyone in the upstate and beyond. There is no other option like this within the county. 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 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!”
Dennis Porter Staff Celebrant
Dennis E. Porter
Dennis has been in the funeral service since December of 1998. He grew up in the Pickens area and has a connection with the families in our community and surrounding areas. He lives in Powdersville with his wife Cindy and they have two daughters, Lydia and Emma Porter.
"Early in 2015, I was privileged to have the opportunity to be certified as a Celebrant through the Insight Institute. I realized then that this is where my gifts and abilities allow me to fit in. It is an honor for me to help families remember their loved one in a unique way."
Mary Grant Administrative Assistant
Debra Lovinggood Harris Adimistrative Assistant
Josh Hiott Funeral Assistant
Sam Couch Funeral Assistant
L.C. Willis Funeral Assistant
Greg McKinney Funeral Assistant
Adam Turner Funeral Assistant
Caleb Orr Funeral Assistant