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 Manager 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.

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

RICH MERLAU

Rich is from Hilton, NY, and is now a resident of Hammond. He graduated from Simmons Institute of Funeral Service in Syracuse, NY and has been a licensed Funeral Director since 2000. He has worked in New York, South Carolina, Texas, Alaska, and Louisiana. 

Rich joined Harry McKneely & Son in 2014. He 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 Director / Embalmer

ERICA WELLS

Erica is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer with over 18 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.

Administrator / Funeral Director

Katie Hughes

Katie was born and raised in Belle Chasse, LA, and received her Bachelor’s Degree from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2010. After graduation, she began working in the funeral service industry and received her Funeral Director’s License in 2012. She joined our staff in May of 2017 as an Administrator/Funeral Director. Katie resides in Independence with her husband, Jarrett, and two young children. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends. Katie enjoys her profession because of the families she meets and the stories they share about their loved ones.

Funeral Director 

LANCE HUTSON

Lance is a native and resident of Ponchatoula where he lives
with his wife, Monica. He has 3 children, Jordan Threadgill (Jacob), Emily and Mackenzie Hutson. He is a graduate of Ponchatoula High School and Southeastern Louisiana University. After recently retiring from the Livingston Parish Public School System after 26 years of service, Lance became a licensed funeral director. He and his family attend Jerusalem Baptist Church in Pumpkin Center, where he serves as a deacon.

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 Director Apprentice

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.