Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.
Gary T. Vinson
Gary is a native of Savannah, GA. He is a graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in Atlanta, GA where he earned an A.S. in Funeral Service and subsequently earned an A.S. in Marketing Management from Ogeechee Technical College. He is a member of Zerubbabel Lodge #15, F. & A.M., The Scottish Rite Consistory-Valley of Savannah and the Alee Shrine, where he is a member of the Oriental Band, a Past State Master Councilor of Georgia DeMolay, and an Advisor for Cecil Cheves DeMolay Chapter. He is also a member of Edgar Mole Chapter #239, Order of the Eastern Star in Hardeeville, SC and a Past Worthy Patron of Bethlehem Chapter #269. Gary's professional memberships include the National Funeral Directors Association, Georgia Funeral Directors Association, and the Academy of Graduate Embalmers. Gary is married to Crystal Bryan Vinson and together they have two sons, Tommy and Bryan.
Eric B. Horton
Eric B. Horton is a native of Ridgeland, SC, whose parents, Randy and Charlotte Horton, are also natives of Jasper County. Eric is married to Megan Carroll, school teacher and locally raised. They are both active in the community through the school, Gillisonville Baptist Church, and Ducks Unlimited. They are parents to Gunnar and Wyatt, who are very active in the community. Eric began his career in food service with his parents and continues part time. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.
Brenda Thomas Reiser
Brenda Thomas Reiser is a part time employee of Sauls Funeral Home. Brenda was born in Ridgeland and lived in Columbia, South Carolina for 25 years before retiring and moving back "home" to Ridgeland. Brenda is an avid gardener and travels to Texas and Louisiana every chance she gets to visit with her two grandsons. Brenda is a granddaughter of Martin Sauls I and is very proud and delighted to be a member of the staff at Sauls Funeral Home. As a child, Brenda fondly remembers hearing her Uncle Martin (Martin Sauls Jr.) tell stories of her family.
Macy, Emma, and Schaffer Sauls
Macy, Emma, and Schaffer Sauls are hopefully our next generation of funeral directors. In the meantime, Macy and Emma enjoy attending school and spending time on the river. Schaffer enjoys playing with his sisters and driving the boat with his dad.
Ryan Speegle is originally from Marietta, Georgia and has lived in the Lowcountry since 1999. He has been working as a Funeral Assistant with Sauls Funeral Home since 2011. He and his wife Meagan currently live in Beaufort, SC with their two sons, Trey and Seth and daughter, Sara. Ryan enjoys boating and being on the water in his spare time.
Kathryn Valentine Crosby
Kathryn V. Crosby, daughter of Tracy Crosby and the late Tiffany Dwyer Crosby, is a great-niece to Martin Sauls III and takes joy in being a member of the Sauls Funeral Home staff. She received her degree in Funeral Service in May of 2018, graduating with honors from Ogeechee Technical College in Statesboro, GA. She is a Ridgeland native, a high school graduate of Thomas Heyward Academy, and a member of Ridgeland Baptist Church. Kathryn enjoys traveling, spending time on the beach, and playing with her pup, Sadie.
Rita Adams serves as the courier for Sauls Funeral Home. Rita is originally from Danville, Kentucky but grew up in Richmond, Kentucky. She moved to South Carolina in 1989. Rita is a member of the Edgar Mole Chapter Order of the Eastern Star and the First Presbyterian Church of Hardeeville, South Carolina. She enjoys gardening, painting, and stock-car racing.
Crystal Bryan Vinson
Crystal is a native of Hardeeville, SC. She is a part-time employee of Sauls Funeral Home and works full-time in Human Resources. Prior to her career in Human Resources, she served as Program Director for Funeral Service Education at Ogeechee Technical College. She holds an A.S. in Funeral Service Education from Ogeechee Technical College, B.S. in Management from the University of South Carolina, M.B.A. in Human Resources from Ashford University and is currently pursuing a M. J. in Employment and Labor Law from Tulane University Law School. She is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. Crystal enjoys traveling with her husband, Gary, and sons, Tommy and Bryan.
Shoemaker, a U.S. Navy veteran, grew up in Switzerland, South Carolina. He arrived
in Ridgeland, South Carolina at 27 years old as a police officer. He was the
first bike officer. After spending some time in cemetery maintenance in the
state of New Hampshire, William returned home to South Carolina. During his
free time, he enjoys riding his Harley around the Lowcountry.