Our Staff

Reuben C. Chance IV

Owner and Funeral Director and Embalmer

Reuben, owner of Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors, has been involved in funeral service for over 40 years. Reuben has lived in Burke and Richmond Counties all of his life. He is a graduate of Edmund Burke Academy, Waynesboro, and Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service, in Atlanta. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in both Georgia and South Carolina and is a member of the Georgia Funeral Directors Association, the National Funeral Directors Association, and the Academy of Graduate Embalmers, and is an active member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Evans, GA. He is married to Debra Holt Chance, and together they have a daughter, Raleigh Catherine Chance, and a son, Pen Chance.

 

Phil Hydrick

Owner and Funeral Director and Embalmer

Phil, owner of Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors, was drawn to the funeral business by his desire to help others. He is a native of the CSRA and a graduate of Evans High School, and Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service, in Atlanta. He is a member of the Georgia Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association, and is an active member of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Augusta. He is married to Lora Hillesland Hydrick and they have one daughter, Mary Catherine Casella Hydrick.

 

Byron Durham

Funeral Director and Embalmer

Byron, a native of Dearborn, Michigan, moved to Augusta in 1990, and has been with Chance & Hydrick since its inception in 2004. He graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service and is a member of the Georgia Funeral Directors Association, the National Funeral Directors Association, and the Academy of Graduate Embalmers. He is an active member of Fleming Baptist Church.

 

Debra Chance

Controller

Debra is a native of Augusta and a graduate of Hephzibah High School. She earned degrees from both Augusta College and the Medical College of Georgia. She is a member of Wesley United Methodist Church and past Treasurer for the Augusta Players. She is married to Reuben Chance.

 

Margaret Wehn

Receptionist and Visitation

Margaret, a native of Augusta, began working with Chance & Hydrick in 2011. She is an active member of Fleming Baptist Church and has spent time doing mission work in Russia and Romania.

 

Timothy Pendrey, PhD

Funeral Assistant

Tim, a native of Augusta, is a graduate of Butler High School, and has been with Chance & Hydrick since 2012. He pastors two local churches, Duharts Baptist Church and Providence Baptist Church, both in Jefferson County. Tim has served as the Chaplain at University Hospital since 2001. He is a member of American Chaplain Association and Georgia Christian Counselors Association.

 

Chris Williford

Funeral Assistant

Chris, a native of Sandersville, Georgia, has lived in Augusta since 2007. He is a licensed and ordained minister through the International Pentecostal Holiness Church. He serves as Pastor at Believers Fellowship in Evans.

 

Chris Carr

Maintenance

Chris, a native of Louisville, Georgia, has been with Chance & Hydrick since 2004.

 

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