From the McKneely Family

to your Family

Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Homes have been serving the local community for over 75 years.  

We are proud of our professional and compassionate service. We are committed to the very best care of families and their loved ones at this most difficult time.  We strive to offer the very best to all of our families which we are privileged to serve.

In keeping with that commitment, we provide several resources on our website to help with arrangement process.

Meet

Our team

Manager / Funeral Director / Embalmer

Gregory Hill

Greg has been a licensed Funeral Director since 1985. He has been with Harry McKneely & Son since 2002 and is the Manger of Operations. He chose this profession because he finds it very rewarding to help people through a difficult time.

He is a native of Hammond and lives in Springfield with his wife, Debbie Davis Hill. He enjoys working at a family owned funeral home because it gives him the ability to serve families on a more personal level.

Greg also serves as Alderman of Springfield and is a member of the Hammond Chamber of Commerce, the Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce, the Louisiana Funeral Directors Association, and the National Funeral Directors Association.

Assistant Manager / Funeral Director /

Pre-Planning Consultant

LISA Nata HUGHES,
CFSP, CPC

Lisa is a native of New Orleans, was raised in Chalmette, and moved to Ponchatoula in 2005 with her husband, Harry, Jr. and their two children, Harry III and Megan. She is also the proud grandmother of Harry “Quade” IV.

She is a graduate of Andrew Jackson High School, Elaine P. Nunez Community College and attended Southeastern Louisiana University. She began working in the funeral industry in 1990 in the greater New Orleans area and became a licensed Funeral Director in 1999. She joined the staff of Harry McKneely & Son in 2011.

In 2010, Lisa earned the NFDA Certified Preplanning Consultant (CPC) designation, which is the only national certification program in the specialized field of advance funeral planning. In 2012, Lisa qualified for the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP), by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. She is also a Lifetime Member of the Academy.

Office Manager

JoBeth Vicknair Faust

JoBeth has been with Harry McKneely & Son since 2003 where she began as an administrative assistant. She is now the Office Manager.  JoBeth is a graduate of Loranger High School and Southeastern Louisiana University.

Funeral Director / Embalmer

ERICA WELLS

Erica is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer with over 15 years of experience, and holds licenses in both Texas and Louisiana. She is a 2001 graduate of the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Erica moved to Louisiana in 2013 to marry her childhood sweetheart, and they currently live in Baton Rouge. She is a member of the Hammond Chamber of Commerce, the Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce, the Louisiana Funeral Directors Association, and the National Funeral Directors Association.

Funeral Assistant

JIM FAUST

Jim began working at Harry McKneely & Son in the 1970s along side the late Harry McKneely, Sr., the late Harry McKneely, Jr., and Jim's own father, the late Bryant Faust. After a 34-year career with the Tangipahoa Parish School System, Jim returned to Harry McKneely & Son in 2001.  

He has served as President of the Louisiana Association for Public and Community Adult Education, board member of the Richard Murphy Hospice Foundation and member of the Education Committee of the Hammond Chamber of Commerce.  He is an elder and trustee of the First Christian Church in Hammond.

Funeral Assistant

LANCE HUTSON

Lance is a native and resident of Ponchatoula where he lives with his wife, Monica. He has 3 children, Jordan Threadgill (Jacob), and Emily and Mackenzie Hutson. He also has two grandchildren, Hadley and Bexley. He is a graduate of Ponchatoula High School class of 1987. He also is a 3rd generation graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University and holds a Master’s Plus 30 in Educational Administration. He recently retired from French Settlement High School, where he served as Principal in the Livingston Parish Public School System, after 25 years of service. Lance and his family attend Jerusalem Baptist Church in Pumpkin Center, where he serves as a deacon.

Funeral Director Intern

COLE MCKNEELY FOWLER

Cole is a native of Ponchatoula and the grandson of owner, Susan McKneely. He is a graduate of Ponchatoula High School and attends Southeastern Louisiana University.