Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.
Over the many years that have gone by since 1905, traditions, customs, and how we are able to serve families have and continue to evolve, but one key characteristic of the Goldfinch tradition has remained the same over all these years. That tradition is the firm’s strong commitment to compassionate, quality service. Goldfinch Funeral Home is one of the few businesses in Horry County that has operated successfully and continually for over 105 years under the ownership of four generations of one family.
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 of family.
The year was 1905. W.T. Goldfinch, owner of Kingston Furniture Company on Main Street in Conway, SC, set aside a space in the rear of his new store to display “coffins,” as they were called in those days. This describes the simple beginning of a Company, Goldfinch Funeral Home, which was destined to become a very successful funeral home serving many families in Horry County and the Grand Strand area of South Carolina.
Today, Goldfinch Funeral Home is widely recognized as a progressive leader in funeral service in the South East. In 1919, Mr. W. T. Goldfinch died, leaving the business to his two sons, Albert and William Goldfinch. Albert died just ten years after his father, but William, known as “Mr. Will,” continued the family business.
Mr. Will was a Methodist Lay reader who could “preach as well as anybody,” said grandson and current owner of Goldfinch Funeral Home, George H. Goldfinch, Jr. Mr. Will was the first in the family business to study embalming, and in fact, was the first embalmer inHorry County. The practice of preservation was so new in that day, and advent of embalming represented the beginning of public visitations and viewing.
In 1938, Mr. Will moved the funeral service business to his residence on Beaty Street in Conway, thus opening the first funeral home in Horry County, South Carolina. He raised his four children above the funeral home which had been expanded over time around the original home. Today the facility is a state of the art 18,000 square foot structure which bears little resemblance to the original bungalow style home. Mr. Will’s two sons, G. Heyward Goldfinch, Sr., and Mac Goldfinch represent the third generation of the Goldfinch family to work in the family business. Both brothers were known for their personal warmth, professional competence and community involvement. They were quite an exceptional team providing compassionate, dependable care to the region for more than 40 years, and established a legacy for quality service, which is carried on today.
The fourth generation of Goldfinch Funeral Home included Heyward’s son, George, and Mac’s oldest son Will. They entered the family business as children, cutting grass, working at Hillcrest Cemetery, and working with their fathers as they served families in the area. These two Goldfinch cousins took over the management of Goldfinch Funeral Home and later purchased the business from their fathers in 1995. Two years later, Will Goldfinch died of cancer, an untimely death which brought much sorrow to the Goldfinch Funeral Home family, and to the Conway Community. For years, George H. Goldfinch, Jr., continues to carry on the tradition of service as established by four generations of the Goldfinch Family.
In 2018, Goldfinch Funeral Home entered it's fifth generation of ownership with Meghan Goldfinch Hayden, George Heyward's daughter, becoming the President and CEO. Meghan, like George, entered the business as a child, and has been actively involved in the management of Goldfinch's since 2010. Meghan, with George's active involvement, will continue the legacy and commitment to the community that has been established since 1905, by the generations that have come before.
Goldfinch Funeral Home- Serving all areas
Over the years, Horry County’s oceanfront became known as the Grand Strand, and people from other regions of the country began buying second homes and retirement homes in the area. The family opened Goldfinch’s Beach Chapel on US 17 By-Pass in Garden City in 1987. Several years later, the Goldfinch Litchfield-Pawleys Chapel was established to serve the people of South Horry and Georgetown Counties.
Who We Are
Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible. Together, we make this place amazing.
A native of Conway, SC, Meghan is a 2006 graduate of Coastal Carolina University with a BA in Communication, a 2008 graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Master's of Mass Communication, and a 2010 graduate of Boston University with an MS in Health Communication. She is the the President/ Owner of Goldfinch Funeral Home and Hillcrest Cemetery. Meghan currently resides in Conway with her Husband Seth. She has four step-children, Gabriel, Hannah, Bella, and Brooks. Meghan serves on the Board of Directors for the Conway Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and First United Methodist Church, Conway. Her hobbies include fishing, reading, horseback riding, and spending time with family.
A native of Conway, SC, George is a 1974 graduate of the University of South Carolina and 1975 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science. He is the Past President/ CEO of Goldfinch Funeral Home; and is a licensed funeral director and embalmer for the state of South Carolina. George currently resides in Conway with his wife Susie and is the father of two children, Meghan and Heyes. He is a member of the Board of Directors of United Way and the Kiwanis Club of Conway. His hobbies include spending time with his family, hunting, and fishing.
A Conway, SC native, Eddie attended USC Coastal Carolina College. He is a licensed funeral director in the state of South Carolina, a South Carolina Insurance license, and has been with Goldfinch Funeral Home since 1981. He is a member of the Conway Rotary Club, where he is a Paul Harris Fellow, a member of the SCFDA and NFDA. Eddie currently resides in Murrells Inlet, with his wife Sharon and has one son, Collin. His hobbies include spending time with his family, traveling, camping, and watching college sports.
A Martinsville, VA native, Josh Campbell is a 1993 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the state of South Carolina and has been with Goldfinch Funeral Home since 1995. Josh currently resides in Myrtle Beach with his wife Neva and their two children, Zoe and Bella. He is a member of the Forestbrook Elementary PTA, SCFDA, and NFDA. His hobbies include boating, fishing, motorcycling, and going to the beach with his family, and he always looks forward to a fine cup of coffee.
A native of Loris, SC, Casey is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in Political Science and graduate of Fayetteville Technical College with an Associate's Degree in Mortuary Science. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the state of South Carolina and currently resides in Loris with his wife Jada, son Vance, and daughter Hadley. He serves on the Loris City Council and the Executive Committee of the SC Funeral Directors Association. Casey is a member of Gideons International and Loris First Baptist Church where he serves as Deacon and Treasurer. He enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.
A Hartsville, SC native, Don attended USC- Sumter and is a 1994 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the state of South Carolina, holds a South Carolina Insurance license, and has been with Goldfinch Funeral Home since 2004. In 2007, Don was named Advanced Planning Funeral Professional of the Year for Homesteaders Life Co. In addition to his work in funeral service, he has 14 years of experience in the Insurance industry. Don currently resides in Conway with his wife Sharon and their daughter Bethany. He is a member of the Conway Lions Club and attends the Conway Church of God.
Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer- Conway Chapel
A native of Lancaster, SC, Tom is a 1987 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the state of South Carolina and has been employed with Goldfinch Funeral Home since 1995. Tom currently resides in Conway with his wife Edwinna and their two children, Michael and Anna. He is a member of the First Baptist Church in Conway, SC. His hobbies include spending time with his family.
George Heyes Goldfinch III
Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer- Conway Chapel
A Conway, SC native, Heyes is a 2010 graduate of Coastal Carolina University with a BA in Communication and a minor in Business; and a 2012 Graduate of Gupton Jones College of Mortuary Science. He is currently a licensed funeral director and Embalmer in South Carolina and has been with Goldfinch Funeral Home since 2008. He currently resides in Conway. His hobbies include hunting, deep sea fishing, and spending time with family.
A Johnsonville, SC native, Todd entered the funeral industry after a 25+ year career with Hilton Worldwide, and graduated in 2013 from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the state of South Carolina and a member of the SCFDA, the NFDA, and the National Notary Public Association. He currently resides in Conway with his wife Connie. Todd and Connie attend First Baptist Church Conway where they are active in Sunday School and the Chancel Choir.They enjoy plundering in antique shops, dining out, and spending time with family, especially their great-niece, Kaylee Grace Jones.
A native of Columbus, Ohio Christian received a B.A. Degree from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1989. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the State’s of South Carolina and Ohio. Christian, worked for national funeral pre-need marketing company for twenty five years before joining Goldfinch Funeral Home. Christian has two grown children and he currently resides in Myrtle Beach. He enjoys beach time, boating, yard sales, spending time with his girlfriend, friends and his three furry children.
A native of Conway, Catherine began working with Goldfinch Funeral Home, January 2017. She earned her Associate's in Science degree from Horry Georgetonw Technical College. She resides in Conway with her husband and two small children, Matti and Molly. She enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her family.
Nickey has been with Goldfinch Funeral Home since June 2017. She resides in Britton's Neck with her husband, Bobby and two children, Hunter and Peyton. She is a graduate of Horry-Georgetown Technical College, with a Medical Technician degree. During her spare time, she enjoys yoga, the beach and teaching Sunday School at Nebo Baptist Church.
Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer- Beach Chapel
A Lansing, MI native, Brian is a 1980 graduate of Lansing Community College and a 2001 graduate of Wayne State University with a BS in Mortuary Science. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the state of South Carolina and has been with Goldfinch Funeral Home since 2005. Brian currently resides in Pawleys Island with his wife Debbie and is the father of five children, Mark, Jeff, Kristopher, Brian and Alyssa. He enjoys all things music related.
Cori Carmine Wilson
Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer- Beach Chapel
Cori attended sierra college in Rocklin, CA and is a 2005 graduate of Mid-America College of Funeral Service. She is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the state of South Carolina and has with Goldfinch Funeral Home since 2006. Cori currently resides in Murrells Inlet with her husband Eric and their two daughters Hayli Paige and Sophia Claire. She is a member of the Surfside Beach Moose lodge and attends Beach Church of Myrtle Beach. Her hobbies include camping and spending time with friends and family.
Steven is a native of Myrtle Beach, SC and a graduate of Lee University with a degree in Christian Education. He has been with Goldfinch since 2013 and also serves at the Associate Pastor at River of Life Church of God in Conway. He is married and has two children Bryson & Emaline. Loves spending time with his family and watching sports and American history.
Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer- Beach Chapel
Chan resides in Johnsonville, SC with his wife Teresa.He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2015 from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the state if SC and certified Crematory Operator through CANA. Chan has worked in the funeral industry since 2014 and has also been a volunteer firefighter with Johnsonville Fire Department for thirty-three years. He also worked as a police officer with the City of Johnsonville for ten years. He and his wife are members of Rehobeth Pentecostal Holiness Church. They enjoy going camping in their RV, boating, fishing, riding motorcycles, eating out, playing golf and spending time with their grandchildren.
A native of Conway, Amber has been with Goldfinch Funeral Home since 2016. She has an Associate's Degree in Arts with a concentration in Business from Horry Georgetown Technical College. Amber resides in Conway and is a memeber of Risen Church where she serves as treasure and music director. Her hobbies include playing music and spending time with friends and family.
A native of Atlanta, Ga, Renee has been with Goldfinch Funeral Home since 2008. She currently resides in Conway with her husband, Rev. John Sullivan and has five children, Jay, Sabrina, Sarah, Lauren, and Justin; and six grandchildren. Renee is a member of Good Hope Baptist Church. Her hobbies include exercising, reading, traveling and collecting shells on the beach.
A native of Loris, SC, Carmen is a 1984 graduate of Horry-Georgetown Technical College with an Associate Degree in Secretarial Science. Prior to working with Goldfinch Funeral Home, she worked for Horry County Schools for 25 years as a Bookkeeper and 3 years at Horry-Georgetown Technical College as the Secretary to the Vice President of Fiscal Affairs and Personnel Officer. She was awarded Secretary of the Year by Professional Secretaries International, Conway Chapter in 1986. Carmen currently resides in Loris with her husband, Glenn; son, Zac; and daughter, Erin. She is a member of Cherry Hill Baptist Church of Loris where she serves as church pianist.
A native of Paris, TN, Jeff attended Murray State University in Murray, KY and is a 2001 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the states of North and South Carolina and holds a South Carolina Insurance License. Jeff started with Goldfinch Funeral Home in 2015 and currently resides in Myrtle Beach with his wife Michelle. He is an avid golfer who enjoys spending time with his family and going to the beach.
A native of Kentucky, moved to SC in 1996 lived in the Upstate until 2014 then made the move to Heather, has been with Goldfinch Funeral Home since 2014 first in Aftercare and now added the task of our Celebrant. Heather attended Converse College in Spartanburg. She enjoys spending time on the waterway and with her significant other and her furry children.
Ricky is a native of Aynor, SC and a graduate of Aynor High School, and now resides in Conway, SC. He has been with Goldfinch Funeral Home for 12 years and previously worked in retail and for over 10 years worked at Klig's Kites and continues to help them out, so he can support his kiting habit. Aside from kiting,Ricky also loves any think on the water,scuba diving, movies, working out and working/building with his hands.
Hello! My name is Murphy and I am a therapy dog/ grief counselor at the Goldfinch Funeral Home, Hillcrest Cemetery, and Loyal Companions Pet Cremation and Memorial. I am a Goldendoodle and I'm one and a half years old. I have recently completed my certification with Canine Angels and Rick Kaplan. I am now able to go out into the community to meet people as a certified therapy dog/ grief counselor! I will also be around the funeral home locations and at Hillcrest Cemetery. Please watch my Facebook Page ( https://www.facebook.com/murphytherapydog/info ) for updates on where I will be and upcoming events I'll be attending! Thanks for joining me in this process and I look forward to meeting you!