Associates

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    Paul W Altman

    General Manager

    Paul began his career in the funeral services prior to graduating high school in 1961. It did not take long for him to figure out what he wanted to pursue as a career. His first mentor was his father, who told him, "You couldn't do anything better than to help a family in a time of need." Paul attended the Kentucky School of Mortuary, while working through college at the Kentucky Baptist Hospital. Upon receiving his funeral service license in 1968, Paul joined the Dignity Memorial® family. In 1994, Paul relocated to Orange Park. Paul lives in Clay County with his wife of 30 years, Mary Altman. Together they have 6 children and 18 grandchildren—and counting.

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    Mary A Dennard

    General Manager

    Mary received her funeral director license in 2010 from Florida State College of Jacksonville, though she began working with the Dignity Memorial network long before that. She is passionate about her career and wants the community to understand the value of pre-planning a funeral. Mary has a supportive husband, godchildren and a fur baby. She enjoys her work with the Girl Scouts.

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    Heather M Hackley

    Office Manager

    Heather has been assisting families with the Dignity Memorial® network since 2001. Heather has made it her mission to encourage each family to celebrate the life of their loved one in a very personal way. In her spare time, Heather enjoys being with her 2 boys and husband.

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    Katie Marie Hawley

    Funeral Director

    Katie has served the families of Clay and Duval counties as a funeral director and embalmer since 2013. Losing her father at a young age, Katie feels a particular closeness to the families she helps. Born and raised in Jacksonville, she is honored to help her friends and neighbors every day. Katie enjoys being close to the beach and spending time with her family and dogs.

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    Joseph A Brandenburg

    President

    As president of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Homes, Joseph "Jody" Brandenburg has a passion for helping client families. That drive manifests itself through the staff members he mentors, who share his desire to deliver excellence and attention to detail beyond the expectation of every family.

    Jody's wife, Janne Ferrell Brandenburg, is a Jacksonville native actively involved in many community and charitable endeavors.

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    Ronald T Giddens

    Consultant

    A native of Jacksonville, Ronald grew up in funeral service and has spent over 75 years in the business. Official records show he began working at the age of 12, but he claims to have worked since he was 6. Ronald served on the Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers for 17 years, with many of those years as its chairman. He was also a member of the Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards, serving in all of the board positions before becoming president. Throughout his life, he was been involved with many community and philanthropic organizations, including the Florida Baptist Home for Children, Oceanside Rotary, Beaches Business Association, The Civitan Club and The Loyal Order of the Moose. Ronald built Giddens Funeral Homes and eventually, he and Robert "Bobby" Hardage of Hardage and Sons became partners. Although the partners sold their business in 1975, Ronald continues to be involved every day in the business.