Eggers 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.
When we sit down with a family, we have only one goal: to create a memorable, yet affordable service for their loved one. Together, we explore service and personalization options, while providing a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions. At Eggers, we strive to design each service so that it meets families' needs both now and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.
Eggers Funeral Homes was founded by John and Betty Eggers, natives of Boone, North Carolina. Betty is the former Betty Ragan and a daughter of the late James A. and Rose Edna Lewis Ragan. John was the son of the late John Brandon and Rachel Webster Eggers. Both John and Betty attended Wautauga High School and graduated in 1979.
John began working in the funeral industry while still in high school with Hampton Funeral Service in Boone. It was while working there that he realized that funeral service was his calling in life.
After graduating high school, John enrolled in Kentucky School of Mortuary Science in Louisville. After completing mortuary school, he then returned to work for Hampton Funeral Service. In 1986, an opportunity to buy a partnership in Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Directors (a firm that had been in business since 1933) became a reality. Betty soon began working alongside of John in the funeral home too. They worked there until an opportunity was given to them to move to Boiling Springs, South Carolina.
In 1990, John began working for Forest Lawn Mortuary as a manager. He soon worked his way up to general manager over their three locations. Again, Betty was at his side working in the business office and helping where needed. In September 1995, they resigned from the Forest Lawn group to open their own funeral home. On January 2, 1996, Eggers Funeral Home opened its first location at 2610 Boiling Springs Road. Betty and John initially operated the firm with the help of Nancy Sproles, her husband Ron, and Tim Plummer.
In 1998, additional staff was added to the growing funeral home. Added were two brothers, Leonard and T.J. “Shorty” Jolley. Leonard had worked at Johnson’s Funeral Home in Chesnee, and both brothers had worked at Forest Lawn Mortuary. In the spring of 1999, work began on the current Boiling Springs facility at 195 Rainbow Lake Road. In July of 2000, Eggers was moved into the new 14,000 sq. ft. facility. It was also in 2000 that Betty graduated from Spartanburg Methodist College. She later became a licensed funeral director in 2003. In 2001, Eggers acquired the former Forest Lawn Mortuary of Chesnee from Carriage Funeral Services based out of Houston, TX. and in 2006, a crematory was added to the Chesnee location. In 2011, the Chesnee location received a major renovation and addition that doubled its size. In 2014, the Boiling Springs location also received a major renovation. In March 2016, Eggers acquired its third funeral home - the former McKinney-Landreth & Carroll Funeral Home in Cliffside, North Carolina.
Eggers Funeral Home is a member of the SC Funeral Directors Association, the Piedmont Group, the National Funeral Directors Association, and the Cremation Association of North America. Eggers recieved the NFDA's Pursuit of Excellence Award (Chesnee location) since 2003 and was the first funeral home in Spartanburg to earn this award.
You are assured personal, professional and caring service when you enter an Eggers facility. Our family of staff possess the experience, knowledge, and compassion to guide you in creating a memorable service to commemorate the life of your loved one.
Our Valued Staff
In Memory - John B. Eggers, CFSP, Co-Owner, Licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer
John B. Eggers, our beloved co-founder, passed away on April 15, 2016. John was an active member in the Piedmont Group of the SC Funeral Directors Association, having served as Chairman and also served on the SC State Board of Funeral Service. He was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association. He also served as a past president and was a member of the Boiling Springs Business Association, the Boiling Springs Masonic Lodge #413, the Boiling Springs Eastern Star, a board member at Limestone College in Gaffney, and a past president and member of the Boiling Springs Lions Club and the Green Point Baptist Church.
Betty R. Eggers, CFSP, Co-Owner, Licensed Funeral Director
Betty is the owner of Eggers Funeral Homes and has been in the funeral service full time since 1990. She is a native of Watauga County, NC and is a licensed South Carolina funeral director. She is a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College , with an Associate in Arts degree. She is a member of the Piedmont Group of the SC Funeral Directors Association, the National Funeral Director's Association, the Boiling Springs Business Association, the Boiling Springs Order of the Eastern Star and Green Point Baptist Church.
Mr. Brandon C. Roberts, Funeral Home Manager, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Brandon is a native of Mountain City, Tennessee and joined Eggers Funeral Home in May 2013 after serving as manager of a funeral home in his hometown. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the states of Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina and has been involved in funeral service since the age of 17. He is a 2003 graduate of Johnson County High School and a 2009 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service. Brandon enjoys traveling, vintage automobiles, staying active, and spending time with friends.
Nancy C. Sproles, Licensed Funeral Director
Nancy joined the Eggers family on opening day, January 2, 1996 as a South Carolina licensed funeral director. A native of Spartanburg, SC, she is a graduate of Spartanburg Junior College with an Associate degree in Secretarial Science. She is a member of the Piedmont Group of the SC Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association. Nancy is an active member of the Boiling Springs Order of the Eastern Star, having served in various positions over the past 40 years. She resides in the Boiling Springs community and is an active member of Inman Mills Baptist Church. Nancy has two sons and two granddaughters.
Mr. Horton Landreth
Born and raised in Seneca, SC, Horton Landreth knew at a young age that he wanted to be involved in the funeral business. At the age of 14, Horton began working with Abbott Funeral Home (now Seneca Mortuary.) In 1953, Horton's parents, the late Rev. C.V. and Lydia Landreth moved the family to Spartanburg, SC. Horton graduated from Roebuck High School in 1957 and in the fall of that same year, he enrolled at Gardner-Webb College in Boiling Springs, NC. He began working part-time at McKinney Funeral Home in Cliffside, NC and in 1958, he started working full-time at the funeral home. It was during this time that he met Jerene Bailey, and they were married in March of 1959. To fulfill his calling of becoming a funeral director/embalmer, Horton enrolled in the John A. Gupton School of Mortuary Science and graduated in 1964. After graduating, Horton and Jerene moved to Granite Falls, NC where he worked for Mackie Funeral Home. 1965 was a grand year for Horton and Jerene as their daughter, Tammy, was born. Also, Mr. and Mrs. McKinney offered Horton the opportunity to partner with them in the funeral business. Horton and his family moved back home to Cliffside, and McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home was formed. In the late 1980's, upon Mr. McKinney's retirement, Horton became the sole owner of McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home. After nearly 50 years of serving families in Cliffside and the surrounding areas, Horton retired in 2004.
Greg Greene, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Greg started his career in funeral service at the age of 15 in Landrum, SC. A native of Polk County, NC, Greg graduated from Landrum High School in 1985 and then attended Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service where he graduated in 1992. He joined the Eggers Funeral Home staff in September of 2010, but is no stranger to the Eggers family having worked with them previously at Forest Lawn Mortuary. In his spare time he enjoys hunting, fishing, riding four wheelers, boating, and going to bluegrass festivals.
Mr. Gerald Hutchins, Funeral Director
Tim Plummer, Apprentice Funeral Director
Tim joined the Eggers family on opening day, January 2, 1996. Tim is a graduate of Boiling Springs High School and Spartanburg Methodist College. He is married to the former Rita Elliott and they have one son, Matthew. They are members of Inman Mills Baptist Church where Tim serves as a deacon and is active with the RA’s.
Janice Moffitt, Administrative Assistant
Jan joined the Eggers family in 2005. A native of Spartanburg County, she graduated from Dorman High School and attended Spartanburg Technical College. She and her husband, Frank, live in Chesnee and have one daughter, Kayren Swofford, a son-in-law, Matthew, and four grandchildren. Jan is a member of Eden Wesleyan Church where she serves as pianist. She also serves as treasurer for the Chesnee Area Merchants Association. Her interests include playing piano, traveling and singing with her family in a gospel trio, The Master’s Singers.
Frank Moffitt, Funeral Assistant/Crematory Operater
Frank joined the Eggers family in 2002. He is a native of Chesnee and a graduate of Chesnee High School and Jeweler School in Selma, Alabama. He is a member of Eden Wesleyan Church. Frank was licensed as a Crematory Operator in 2006 and is a member of CANA. Also known as “Fuzzy”, he is an active part of the community and a member of Chesnee Lions’ Club. He is a retired jeweler, having owned Karat Korner Jewelry Stores. He and his wife Jan have one daughter, four grandchildren, and a dog named Spencer. In his free time, he and his family minister to others though the gift of music. Their group, the Master’s Singers, have shared God’s love with others for over 39 years now.
Carol is a graduate of The Plains High School and attended Southern Ohio Business College. She married her husband Greg in 1969 and moved to North Carolina in 1972. Carol worked as a bookkeeper, secretary, office manager, and director of the EMS as well as working with Cliffside Florist and Rutherford County Memorial Cemetery. She traveled as Greg's secretary for a number of years and for the past eight years, worked with Don Harrill Company, Inc.
James "Greg" Hawkins
Raised in Caroleen, NC, Greg moved to Cliffside in 1995. Graduate of Chase High School and the Gupton Jones College of Mortuary Science, Greg has been in the funeral industry since 1965 and has been a funeral director and embalmer for over thirty years. He has worked at one time or another for most of the funeral homes in Rutherford County and across the great state of North Carolina. He also traveled for a number of years as a sales representative for embalming chemical companies. Greg is a member of the Masonic Order, Scottish Rite, and Oasis Shrine.
Rev. Bob Buhl, Chaplain and Funeral Associate
Bob joined the Eggers family in March 2008. A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Rev. Robert E. Buhl, Sr. was born on January 9, 1941. He attended Rule High School and moved to Spartanburg, SC with his wife, Jean, in March 1969. He has three sons: Robert, William, and James. Rev. Buhl is a graduate of Casey Creek Baptist Bible Institute and has served as pastor of Pacolet Hill Baptist Church and Hicks Chapel Baptist Church. He is currently the pastor of New Hope Baptist Church.
Phoebe joined the Eggers family in November 2007 to provide families with the ministry of music during the services. She is a native of Spartanburg, attended Furman University and is a graduate of Palmer College. She was an administrative assistant with Southern Electric and Spartanburg Area Mental Health. She has served as organist for Arcadia First Baptist Church for many years. Her son is a 3 Star General who serves proudly in the US Air Force, and her daughter is a special education teacher. Phoebe has two grandchildren and enjoys entertaining her family, refinishing furniture and reading.
Henry Blackwell, Funeral Assistant
Henry joined the Eggers Family in December 2007. He is a native of Spartanburg County and is a lifelong resident of Boiling Springs. He is retired from Kohler Company and enjoys gardening and attending auctions. He and his wife Martha attend Green Point Baptist Church. They have one daughter and two granddaughters who are Henry’s pride and joy.
Dennis Gosnell, Funeral Assistant
Dennis joined the Eggers family in June 2010. He is a native of Spartanburg and a member of Green Point Baptist Church. He graduated from Boiling Springs High School and is a truck driver for AFL. He and his wife LuAnn have one child and two granddaughters. In his spare time, Dennis enjoys keeping the company of his church friends through fellowship activities and drives the bus for Green Point. He likes to hunt, fish, and spend time in God’s creation.
Dodie Alverson, Visitation Staff
Dodie joined the Eggers family in July 2011. She was married to the late Joe Lee Alverson II, and they were the former owners of Alverson's Accounting Firm in Chesnee. Dodie is a member of Arrowwood Baptist Church.