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 History

Our History

Hicks Funeral Home can trace its origin began back to the late 1800’s, when the business was owned by M. E.  Maxwell.  At that time the funeral home was located in the upstairs of the Elberton Department Store which later housed J. C. Pool and Company. Like many of the early funeral establishments, they also ran an ambulance service that provided free ambulatory transport for Elberton residents. The M. E.  Maxwell, Tom Maxwell and Pat Furcron families operated the joint businesses until relocating the funeral home in 1940 to its present location at 231 Heard Street. This was the former residence of another turn-of-the-century dry goods merchant, Mr. Joseph Cohen, who built the house in 1905.

The business was purchased in 1953 by Redding and Viola Hicks. The Hicks family served Elbert and surrounding counties for almost 40 years. In 1991 Mr.and Mrs. Hicks made the decision to retire and thus sold the firm to Mr. Walter Mills.  Mr. Mills operated the business until his retirement in March of 2004. Today our funeral service family includes our owners, Greg and Debbie Rollings, our General Manager and Funeral Director, Nan Snell;  Funeral Service Apprentice, Henry Mattox;  our Office Manager,  Margaret Purvis;  Office Assistant, Melissa Mattox; and our Funeral Service Associates: Allen Black, David Cordle, Andrew Danals, Mary Jean Ginn, Kent Guest, Keith Madden, Corbin Mattox, and Mary Anne Worley.  Our facilities and grounds manager is Mr. Billy McClain,  assisted by Jordan Oglesby.    

Over a century later the staff at Hicks Funeral Home is proud to continue the tradition of committed service in Elbert County. We honor our legacy and vow to provide every family that calls upon us dedication and compassion in their time of need.


Our Valued Staff

  • Mrs. Nan Snell

    Mrs. Nan Snell Funeral Director & General Manager

    Born and raised in Georgia, Nan began her ministry in Funeral Service in 1995 after graduating from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service. After working with Mr. Rollings in Atlanta, he brought her to Washington in 2004 to serve at Hopkins Funeral Home. It was in 2014 that Nan came to Elberton. Nan has two grown children and five grandchildren. She resides in Tignall, and is a member of Faith Baptist Church in Bowman.

  • Mr. Henry Mattox

    Mr. Henry Mattox Funeral Service Apprentice

    Henry resided in Oglethorpe County until 1991, at which time he returned to his native home in Elbert County, where he currently resides with his wife of 25 years Melissa, and their daughter Michaela and son Corbin. He and his family are members of Fortsonia Baptist Church. He is currently furthering his education, while serving as a Funeral Service Apprentice. Henry is honored to serve the citizens of Elbert County as a Fireman and First Responder for the past 20 plus years.

  • Mrs. Margaret  Purvis

    Mrs. Margaret Purvis Office Manager

  • Mrs. Melissa Mattox

    Mrs. Melissa Mattox Assistant Office Manager

  • Mr. Allen  Black

    Mr. Allen Black Funeral Service Associate

    Allen is a lifelong resident of Elbert County, and a charter member of Francis Asbury United Methodist Church. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force and served his country for four years. Among his duties, he served one year in Vietnam as a combat advisor to the South Vietnamese Air Force. Allen retired from the City of Elberton after 35 years of service with the Utilities Department. He has known the Hicks Family for over 50 years, and joined our staff in June of 2008.

  • Mrs. Mary Jean Ginn

    Mrs. Mary Jean Ginn Funeral Service Associate

  • Mr. Kent Guest

    Mr. Kent Guest Funeral Service Associate

  • Mrs. Mary Anne Worley

    Mrs. Mary Anne Worley Funeral Service Associate

  • Mr. David Cordle

    Mr. David Cordle Funeral Service Associate

  • Rev. Andrew Danals

    Rev. Andrew Danals Funeral Service Associate

  • Mr. Keith Madden

    Mr. Keith Madden Funeral Service Associate