History & Staff

We have over 100 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 History

When Thomas McAfee founded this funeral home in 1913 on South Main Street, he was a man of determined purpose, yet a man of dreams. He envisioned a growing community and planned his establishment to serve the increasing needs of the people. It was still the days of the horse-drawn hearse, yet, in only two years, he brought the first motor ambulance to Greenville, a Winton Six.

Down through the years the business grew because of his purpose and his ideals, and because he believed in personal, intimate service from which grows friendship and understanding.

After the death of his father in 1943, Thomas McAfee, Jr. became President and remained active until his death in 1993. At that time, Thomas McAfee, III took the helm and great-grandsons Thomas McAfee, IV and John McAfee oversee the daily operations of the firm today, making the fourth generation active in the business.

Since 1952, Thomas McAfee Funeral Home has been located in downtown Greenville at 639 North Main Street. A second location was dedicated in 1992 at 6710 White Horse Road in the northwest area of town. In 2001, The Thomas McAfee Cremation Center opened behind our Northwest location on White Horse Road to serve those who prefer cremation as a method of disposition.  Then, in May 2012, Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes opened our newest location in Simpsonville, SC to offer a more convenient location to serve our families in the Golden Strip, Mauldin, Fountain Inn, and surrounding areas.

The McAfee family and our many loyal, long-term associates are proud of our heritage and that we have been able to play a part in the progress of Greenville. We continue to work together to render the same complete and efficient service to every family, regardless of their means.

Our Valued Staff

Thomas F. McAfee III

Thomas F. McAfee III, Past President

Mr. McAfee is a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church. He is also a member of the Greenville Rotary Club and a Life Member of Knights of Columbus. Mr. McAfee is a member of South Carolina Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, and Selected Independent Funeral Homes Association.

Mr. McAfee enjoys swimming and gardening.

Thomas F McAfee IV

Thomas F McAfee IV, President; Funeral Director

In 1976, Tommy McAfee joined the firm founded by his great grandfather. He is the fourth generation of the McAfee family to join the firm. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Clemson University in 1982, then earned a degree in Funeral Service from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service, Atlanta, GA.

Tommy is a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church where he sings in the Church Choir. He is also a member of Knights of Columbus and Greenville Lions Club.

Tommy is married to the former Lois Sijon. They have two children, Elizabeth and Tom. He enjoys competing in both short and ultra-distance road races and triathlons.


John F. McAfee

John F. McAfee, Vice President / Secretary / Treasurer; Funeral Director

John McAfee joined Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes in 1986. John is a 1984 graduate of Presbyterian College where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

John is a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church. He is also a member of the Pleasantburg Rotary Club, Knights of Columbus, and a supporter of the Meyer Center for Special Children.

John is married to the former Preston Gibson. They have two children, Jay and Allen. John enjoys running and biking to stay fit.


Susan M Tribble

Susan M Tribble, Controller / Manager

Susan Tribble is a native of Anderson, SC. She is a graduate of Erskine College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration / Accounting. Susan has over twenty years of accounting and operations experience. She joined the staff of Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes in 2012.

Susan is a volunteer with Meals on Wheels of Greenville. She has a devout love for animals and enjoys painting, reading, and cooking in her spare time. She is a travel enthusiast and enjoys collecting art from her various travels. She has a passion for great music and food.


Steven K. Hawley CFSP

Steven K. Hawley CFSP, Downtown Location Manager; Funeral Director

Steve Hawley is the Downtown Location Manager. He joined Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes in 1978. Steve is a 1973 Graduate of Pickens High School and a 1975 Graduate of Greenville Technical College.

Steve is a member of Victory Chapel Baptist Church where he is Head Usher. He is also a member of Rotary Club of Greenville East.

Steve is married to Kim Hawley and has an interest in antique vehicles.


John  Kelly CFSP

John Kelly CFSP, Northwest Location Manager; Funeral Director

John Kelly is a native of Hendersonville, NC. Prior to earning a degree in Mortuary Science from Catonsville Community College in Baltimore, MD, John served our country in the United States Navy from 1986-1998. He has worked with Thomas McAfee Funeral Home since 2007.

John is member of the Piedmont Lions Club and Bates Masonic Lodge #189 Easley.

He enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family. He is married to Michelle Kelly and has six children: Ryan, Joanna, Shelby, Cody, Cindel, and Lily. His son, Ryan, is a Funeral Director in Newnan, GA.


Timothy  Gossett CFSP

Timothy Gossett CFSP, Southeast Location Manager; Funeral Director

Timothy M. Gossett, CFSP, is a native of Spartanburg, SC and is the Southeast Location Manager. He has been employed at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home since 2000. A graduate of Carson Newman University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance, as well as Southwestern Seminary with a Master of Music degree in Music Ministry, Tim has been Organist/Director of Music at Providence Presbyterian Church since 2001.

As a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner, Tim is a member of the SC Funeral Director's Association and the National Funeral Director's Association. He is also a member of the Mauldin Rotary Club.

Outside of work, Tim is a collector of antiques and an avid cook. He designs and crafts jewelry made from vintage silverware through his company, Curly Q Silverwear.


Timothy E. Cox

Timothy E. Cox, Downtown Location Supervisor; Funeral Director

Tim Cox joined the Thomas McAfee Funeral Home staff in 1997. He has over 30 years of funeral service experience. Tim attended Gupton Jones College of Mortuary Science, Atlanta, GA.

Tim is a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Pelzer, SC. He is also a member of Piedmont Lions Club where he served as President 2010 - 2011.


Kurt A. Wolfe

Kurt A. Wolfe, Northwest Location Supervisor; Funeral Director

Kurt Wolfe, a native of western PA, is a graduate of New England Institute of Mortuary Science and has over 20 years of experience in funeral service. He is licensed in both North and South Carolina. Kurt began his career with Thomas McAfee Funeral Home in 2011.

Kurt is a member of the Berea Lions Club. His greatest enjoyment in life is his wife, Dena, and their three children: Rebecca, Hunter, and Ethan. Kurt is a diehard Steelers fan and a member of the Steeler Nation.


Lance M. Wimberly CFSP

Lance M. Wimberly CFSP, Southeast Location Supervisor; Funeral Director

Lance Wimberly joined the firm in 2009. He has 20 years of experience and is licensed in both North and South Carolina. He is graduate of Dorchester Academy and a graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, GA.

Lance is a member of Temple Baptist Church in Simpsonville, SC. He is also a member of the Rotary Club of Simpsonville.

Lance is married to Crystal S Wimberly. They have two sons, Austin and Avery.


Grant Berdan

Grant Berdan, Training Supervisor; Funeral Director

Grant Berdan was born in Michigan and grew up in New York State. He received his A.A.S. in Mortuary Science from Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY in 1992. He is a licensed funeral director in both North and South Carolina. Grant is a past-president of Rotary Club of the Foothills.

When not at work, he enjoys time with his wife, Anastasia, with whom he pursues interests in music and travel, and he is a vintage Volkswagen enthusiast.


Thomas B.  Carr, Jr.

Thomas B. Carr, Jr., Funeral Director

Tom Carr is a 1979 graduate of Berea Christian Accordance and a 1982 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service, Atlanta, GA. Tom joined the staff of Thomas McAfee Funeral Home in 2002. He has over 30 years of funeral service experience.

Tom is member of Donaldson Church of God and Simpsonville Chamber of Commerce. In his spare time, he enjoys painting, drawing, and fishing.


Jason E.  Clouse

Jason E. Clouse, Funeral Director

Jason Clouse, a native of Indianapolis, Indiana, worked as a Funeral Director in Fort Worth and Midland, TX prior to joining the Thomas McAfee Funeral Home staff in 2008. Jason attended Indiana University, University of Texas at Arlington, and Dallas Institute of Funeral Service.

Jason is a member of Calvary Baptist Church, The American Legion, and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Jason has been married to his wife, Becki, since 2002. They have two children, Jilliann and Colton. Jason enjoys sports, reading, antique book collecting, classic movies, camping, fishing, traveling, and family genealogy. He has been able to trace his family heritage back to the 1100's in England where he discovered he's a distant cousin of Princess Diana. Jason is also a history buff who enjoys traveling to Civil War battlefields and various historical sites. He is a member of the Civil War Preservation Society, a diehard Indianapolis Colts fan (his son was named for his team) and an Indiana Hoosiers fan.


Thomas Franklin

Thomas Franklin, Funeral Director

Tom Franklin entered funeral service in the 1960's by joining his family firm in Parkersburg, WV. As a licensed funeral director and embalmer, he has served bereaved families for nearly 60 years. Tom is licensed in WV, Texas and SC. He earned a Degree in Theology from Freed-Hardeman University, Henderson, TN, a Degree in Higher Accounting from Mountain State College, Parkersburg, WV, a diploma in Mortuary Science, Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, Cincinnati, OH, a BA in Business and an MBA from California Coast University in Santa Ana, CA. He has owned and operated funeral homes in WV, TX and SC.

Tom served as the Pulpit Minister for churches in Belmont, MS, Parkersburg, WV, Charlottesville, VA and Colorado City, TX and is a member of Holland Park Church, Mauldin, SC. He is a past president of the South Texas Funeral Directors Association and a past president of the Rotary Club and of the Kiwanis Club, Kingsville, TX. He is also a Paul Harris Fellow in The Rotary Clubs. He served as Sponsor of the Kingsville, Texas Boy Scouts Troup and District Chairman for Scouting in South Texas.

Tom married the former Charlene Kemp in 1958 and they have four children, ten grandchildren and two great granddaughters.

After retiring, Tom decided to re-enter funeral service by joining the Thomas McAfee firms in 2014.


Sabrina Hicks

Sabrina Hicks, Funeral Director

Sabrina Hicks began working for Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes in 2015. Sabrina graduated Piedmont Technical College in 2012 earning an Associate's Degree in Funeral Service, and is a Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society member.

She has served the upstate in funeral service for over 5 years.

Sabrina and her daughter, Alexis, are members of Tremont Church of God.

In her spare time, she enjoys University of Alabama football and cooking.


R. Mitchell  Holcombe

R. Mitchell Holcombe, Funeral Director

Mitchell Holcombe joined Thomas McAfee Funeral Home in 2008. He has over ten years of funeral service experience. Mitchell attended Greenville Technical College where he received an Associate's Degree in Public Service and Certification in Mental Health. He also attended Piedmont Technical College where he received an Associate's Degree in Funeral Service.

Mitchell is an active member of Bridgeway Church and is a Chaplain's Assistant with the U.S. Navy Reserve.

Mitchell is married to Viviana Holcombe with two sons, Hudson and Camilo. Mitch enjoys jogging, playing golf, and spending time with his family.


Samantha A. Kennedy CFSP

Samantha A. Kennedy CFSP, Funeral Director

Samantha Kennedy was born in Pompano Beach, FL and grew up in Seneca, SC. She began working for Thomas McAfee Funeral Home in 2003. In 2006, Samantha received an Associate's Degree in Funeral Service from Piedmont Technical College.

Samantha is a member of Easley Presbyterian Church. She is a Clinical Embalming Advisor and Advisory Board member for Piedmont Technical College. Samantha serves as the United Way Campaign Coordinator and the coordinator for Trunk or Treat for Thomas McAfee Funeral Home.

Samantha enjoys music, traveling, being on the lake, spending time with her family and friends, and Clemson football.


Andrew  Kuklinski

Andrew Kuklinski, Funeral Director

Andrew Kuklinski is a Funeral Director & Embalmer. He joined the staff of Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes in 2009. Andrew earned his Bachelor of Arts in General Studies from L.S.U. and his Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science from University of Minnesota. He brought along 26 years experience in Funeral Service from Minnesota when he moved to South Carolina.

Andrew is a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church and Catholic Charities Senior Companion program. He loves football and enjoys golf.


Gene  Lockaby CFSP

Gene Lockaby CFSP, Funeral Director

Gene Lockaby has worked for the firm since 2001. Gene is a graduate of Gupton Jones College of Mortuary Science. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts from Limestone College, a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Doctor of Ministry from Erskine Theological Seminary.

Gene is a member of Taylors First Baptist Church and Foothills Rotary Club. When not at work, he enjoys spending time with family and friends.


Nathan A. Miller

Nathan A. Miller, Funeral Director

Nathan Miller was born in the small town of Clearfield, PA, and grew up in Georgetown, SC. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the College of Charleston and an A.A.S. in Funeral Service from Piedmont Technical College. Nathan was a Family Service Counselor at a local cemetery before coming on board with Thomas McAfee Funeral Home in 2011.

Nathan is a member of Brushy Creek Baptist Church in Easley and a volunteer delivery driver for Pickens County Meals on Wheels. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends.


William K.  Troup Jr. CFSP

William K. Troup Jr. CFSP, Funeral Director

Bill Troup was born in Shelbyville, TN and at an early age, his family moved to Greenville, SC. He attended two years at Bob Jones University and earned an Associates Degree from Greenville Technical College. Bill began his career with Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes in 1991.

Bill has served with the Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Directors for Opportunity of Greenville. He is also active with the American Diabetes Association, a speaker for Gideon's International, a member of Hampton Park Baptist Church, and a graduate of Class 35 Leadership Greenville.

Bill is married to Mary Troup, and they have two grown daughters and two granddaughters. He enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and golf.


J. Chad Payne CPC

J. Chad Payne CPC, Advanced Planning Funeral Director

Chad Payne is an Advanced Planning Funeral Director for Thomas McAfee Funeral Home. He assists individuals with their preplanning needs at all three of our locations. He has worked for the firm since 2010. Chad received his A.A.S. in Funeral Service from Piedmont Technical College in 2004.

Chad is the pastor of Open Praise Fellowship Holiness Church in Easley and is also a licensed minister with The Free Pentecostal Church of God. He is also a Hammond Organ enthusiast.

Chad is married to Julie Payne. They have three children, Bella, Breydan, and Jackson. When not working, Chad enjoys spending time with his family and friends.


Brenda F.  Atkinson

Brenda F. Atkinson, Continuing Care Coordinator

Brenda Atkinson joined our staff in 2008 and serves as our Continuing Care Coordinator. She received a M. Div from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a BS in Human Resources from Southern Wesleyan University. Brenda has completed four units in Clinical Pastoral education. She is certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement by the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). She served as Hospice Chaplain for three years and as minister of education to adults and singles for 15 years. Brenda leads support groups for the grieving and speaks at churches and civic events.

Brenda is a member of Earle Street Baptist Church and enjoys reading, spectator sports, going to the movies, and being with people.


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