Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.
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.
In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.
We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.
Learn the legacy.
On September 20, 2016, our dream of providing quality funeral service at an affordable price became a reality. Between owners, Steven J. Nadeau and Tommy W. Harris, both licensed funeral directors, we have well over 60 years combined experienced in providing what we feel is the finest that funeral service has to offer. In our short time, we have built a reputation that is distinct to our firm. Respectability, personalization and quality is what we are all about and what we provide each family we are privileged to serve.
What our families are finding out is we strive to provide the finest, staying within the affordable means of each and every family.
Funeral Services, regardless of traditional with burial or cremation are made to be personal, representing the life of that loved one with long lasting beautiful memories. We strive in our personalized planning of the service to incorporate those survivors who have been touched by the life of the deceased. Family and friends would find a lasting DVD slideshow prepared by one of our trained staff following the storyline of the deceased as told by family members. They might also find personal items representing that loved one’s life that can be directly related. One might find a beautiful knitted blanket or a set of golf clubs or perhaps a form of art as created by the deceased.
Through visiting with our families and conversations with them, and building on our trust and service, we can and do provide your family with a long lasting treasured memory that for years will serve as a comforting remembrance. We have many years of service caring for families from all walks of life. We are leaders in funeral service profession dedicating ourselves to superior service and sincerity.
Who We Are
Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.
Mr. Steven J. Nadeau
President/CEO/Funeral DirectorRead Bio
Steve was born in Wiesbaden, Germany, to Command Sgt/Major and Mrs. Guy & Augusta "Gussie" Nadeau. Thereafter, he was raised at Travis Air Force Base, Fairfield, California. He did his formal years of education and graduated with a double major in Humanities and History from California State University, Sacramento, California. He then furthered his course of studies at the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, California, where he successfully completed and achieved his Master's in Divinity and Theology as well as his PhD. He began his formal career in funeral service in 1981. In 1997, he opened his first independently owned funeral home, Nadeau Family Funeral Home in Vacaville, California. He then sold intending on retiring to the upstate of South Carolina. However, Steve was not ready to retire. In 2014, the decision was made with his two business partners to purchase and open mortuary in Northern Spartanburg County in the community of Chesnee. Between his years of experience and Tommy Harris', they collectively bring close to 60 years serving families with dignity and respect.
In his off time, Steve enjoys playing piano for the Chapman Cultural Center, many of the assisted, skilled and independent care centers as well as a church organist for St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church and Liberty United Methodist Church in Spartanburg. He recently became pianist of Worship Care, a specialized ministry for those suffering with Alzheimer's and their care givers. He has an interest in Classic Cadillac Collecting and to currently has three 1970 Cadillac's. He is a member of the South Carolina Funeral Director's Association, Northern Solano Lodge, #2534, Order of Son's of Italy in American and Italian Social Organization of Spartanburg,
Mr Tommy W. Harris, CFSP
Vice President/Co-Owner/Funeral DirectorRead Bio
Tommy is a native of Chesnee, SC and began his career at the young age of 16. Now 37 that gives him 21 years in funeral service. He is a 1999 graduate of Chesnee High School and a 2003 graduate of Piedmont Technical College where he received his Funeral Directors Licenses that same year. He is licensed in both North and South Carolina and is also a Certified Crematory Operator . He was formerly a lead Funeral Director with Eggers Funeral Home and Crematory of Chesnee. He is a member of the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association, The National Funeral Directors Association, The Association of Professional Funeral Service Practice and the Cremation Association of North America. Tommy is a member of First Baptist Church of Mayo where he is a member of the Praise Team and Choir and also serves on the Budget and Finance and The Planning Committees. He is the son of Thomas "Dooley" and Darlene Robinson Harris and the grandson of Ansel and Freda Robinson and Vivian Harris Wilson. He has one sister Megan Harris Hines and husband Mark all of Chesnee. Tommy is proud to have to opportunity to serve his hometown and surrounding areas in providing another option in funeral service providing the finest at an affordable rate.
Mr. Michael W. Graham
Mr. Geoff Atkins
Director of Advanace PlanningRead Bio
Geoff Atkins brings years of experience and knowledge to the Harris-Nadeau Family. Geoff graduated from Greer Senior High School and received his B.A. from Furman University. He also received his Associate of Mortuary Science degree from Gupton Jones College. In addition to his formal education, Geoff's years of experience working in various roles within the funeral profession have made him extremely knowledgeable about funeral preparations and arrangements. Before he became a funeral preplanning specialist, Geoff worked in various different roles in the funeral industry. Geoff has served as a funeral director, worked as a supplier for a combined twenty years with Wilbert, Inc. and Charleston Wilbert, a burial vault and crematory service, and has worked with a number of funeral homes in South Carolina over the years. Geoff entered this profession because he enjoys meeting and helping families. He finds that assisting others in their preparation for a difficult day is extremely rewarding. Geoff advises individuals and families to make decisions ahead of time so that they can answer questions and provide input in order to create a meaningful and unique service that is representative of their life.
Mr Gene Moorhead
Funeral AssociateRead Bio
Gene Moorhead previously served with Shuford-Hatcher and Eggers Funeral Homes and is a certified crematory operator. He has had a passion for mortuary science since he was a young boy. He is a Gaffney native, was graduated from Gaffney High School with honors, is a member of the Clemson University Class of 1961 where he studied Ceramic Engineering and the Limestone College Class of 1962 where he received a liberal arts degree in Mathematics and Chemistry. His father, the late R. Claude Moorhead, was co-owner of Shuford & LeMaster Co. which was the first white funeral home in Gaffney. In 1925 Mr. J. B. Hatcher bought into the mortuary portion of the business, moved one block down E. Frederick St. and became Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.
He retired from the Dow Chemical Co. after 20 years service with sales and marketing management assignments in Pharmaceuticals & Biologicals, Consumer Products and Organic Chemicals.
During his service with Consumer Products, he was Brand Mgr. for 2 national brands – Saran Wrap™ and Dow Bathroom Cleaner. His extensive career in chemical engineering saw heavy travel to 49 states and 20 countries.
He is heavily involved in community service and strongly believes in giving back to the community.
Gene served 3 years as Assistant Governor for Rotary International District 7750, is Past President of the Rotary Club of Gaffney, currently serves as Western Carolinas Regional Coordinator and faculty member for Mid-Atlantic Division Rotary Leadership Institute, is a member of the Limestone College Board of Trustees where he is Secretary and Chairman of the Committee to build a new library and student center and serves on the Limestone College Business Advisory Council. He also serves on the Cherokee County Airport Committee and Advisory Board for United Way of the Piedmont. In the past he has served as Executive Director of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, Clemson University Alumni Council, Limestone College President’s Advisory Council, Upstate Workforce Investment Board, Spartanburg Community College Advisory Board, South Carolina Peach Festival Board of Governors, Crime Stoppers Board, the Cherokee County Community Care Board, Cherokee Technology Center Advisory Board and Leadership Cherokee Board. He is married to the former Barbara Hamrick and they have 4 children and 4 grandchildren. Gene is an ordained Elder, a member of Gaffney First Baptist Church where he teaches a senior men’s Sunday School class.
Mr Max Hyde
Funeral AssociateRead Bio
Max Hyde joined the Harris-Nadeau family on May 25, 2017. Max is a former funeral associate with Eggers Funeral Homes and also with the former Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home in Gaffney. Max is a graduate of Western Carolina University, Emory Business School, Columbia University and Crosby Quality College. He is retired from Milliken and Company in Spartanburg. He is a member of The Episcopal Church of The Incarnation in Gaffney. His community involvement includes, Meals on Wheels, Bread from Heaven, Harbor of Hope and Election Manager. His hobbies include playing golf and gardening.
Mr Jimmy Blackwell
Ms. Diane Blackwell
In Memory - Rev. Doug Thrift
Funeral Associate/ChapalinRead Bio
Doug was born in Mayo, South Carolina, and is a 1964 graduate of Chesnee High School. After high school he attended Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute and graduated in 1971. He pastored churches in North and South Carolina. Doug is no stranger to the funeral ministry. He has previously worked for the former Johnson Mortuary in Chesnee, Gordon Mortuary in Blacksburg, Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home in Gaffney and most recently for Eggers Funeral Home of Chesnee. He is married to the former Deborah Robinson and together they have one daughter, Angela. Doug is happy to be a part of the Harris-Nadeau team and looks forward to helping the families who call upon us for their funeral service needs. Doug went home to be with his Lord and Savior on June 19, 2018. He will be dearly missed by our entire staff and the community.
Mrs Deborah Thrift
Mr Ridge Garland
Funeral AssociateRead Bio
Ridge was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina and currently lives in the Chesnee. He graduated from Spartanburg High School and attended Spartanburg Methodist College. He worked for over 38 years in textiles at Montgomery Mills. While there he worked in the supply room, printing department and as Purchasing Agent until the mills closed. Currently, Ridge is employed at the Chesnee location for Spartanburg Parks and Recreation having worked as Director of Seniors for over 13 years. He also attends Chesnee First Baptist Church.
Mrs Jewell Garland
Visitation Staff/MusicianRead Bio
Jewell was born, raised, and currently lives in Chesnee. She is a fifth grade ELA/Social Studies teacher at Mayo Elementary School. Currently,she serves at Chesnee First Baptist Church as organist and pianist for over 30 years. She is also children’s choir director. Jewell graduated from Chesnee High School and Spartanburg Methodist, earning a BA degree from Limestone College and a Master’s in Administration from Converse College.
Mr Gerald Jones
Mr Kyle Yarborough
Mr Jon Richey
Director of Facilities Maintenance