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Fort Mill, SC 29715

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When it comes to buying insurance, Brightway, The Osteen & Aldridge Agency, is your source for more choices and better service. Whether you’re looking for a competitive rate for Homeowners insurance or need help determining the right amount of auto coverage, you’ll receive personal attention from industry experts committed to your satisfaction. If we can answer any questions about Home, Auto, Flood or other types of insurance, stop by or give us a call. 

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Stephen Aldridge
Stephen Aldridge Agency Owner

Stephen owns and operates a number of businesses, including Stanly Funeral and Cremation Care in Albemarle, N.C., where he and Robert have worked together for more than a decade. He founded Uwharrie Pet Cremation Service and Southern Piedmont Cremation Service, also located in Albemarle. 

He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Davidson College in Davidson, N.C., and holds a doctorate in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Stephen served as a member of the Board of Directors for Uwharrie Capital Corp and currently is a board member of Hospice of Stanly and the Uwharrie. He and wife, Deborah, have been married 17 years.

  • Stephen Aldridge
    Stephen Aldridge Agency Owner

    Stephen owns and operates a number of businesses, including Stanly Funeral and Cremation Care in Albemarle, N.C., where he and Robert have worked together for more than a decade. He founded Uwharrie Pet Cremation Service and Southern Piedmont Cremation Service, also located in Albemarle. 

    He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Davidson College in Davidson, N.C., and holds a doctorate in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

    Stephen served as a member of the Board of Directors for Uwharrie Capital Corp and currently is a board member of Hospice of Stanly and the Uwharrie. He and wife, Deborah, have been married 17 years.

    Stephen Aldridge Agency Owner
    Stephen Aldridge
    Stephen Aldridge Agency Owner

    Stephen owns and operates a number of businesses, including Stanly Funeral and Cremation Care in Albemarle, N.C., where he and Robert have worked together for more than a decade. He founded Uwharrie Pet Cremation Service and Southern Piedmont Cremation Service, also located in Albemarle. 

    He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Davidson College in Davidson, N.C., and holds a doctorate in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

    Stephen served as a member of the Board of Directors for Uwharrie Capital Corp and currently is a board member of Hospice of Stanly and the Uwharrie. He and wife, Deborah, have been married 17 years.

  • Robert Osteen
    Robert Osteen Agency Owner

    Robert co-owns Brightway, The Osteen & Aldridge Agency with Stephen Aldridge. The two worked together for 16 years before opening their Brightway agency. 

    In addition to working with Stephen at Stanly Funeral and Cremation Care in Albemarle, N.C., Robert brings 30 years’ insurance industry experience to Brightway, including time as an agent for Farm Bureau Insurance. 

    Robert earned an Associate of Applied Science in Funeral Service Education from Fayetteville Technical Community College in Fayetteville, N.C. 

    He and wife, Katherine, of 34 years have two children and a grandchild. 

    Robert is a member of Lakeview Baptist Church in Albemarle N.C., and the Albemarle Optimist Club.

    During his leisure time, he enjoys rooting on the N.C. State Wolfpack at baseball, football and basketball games.

    Robert Osteen Agency Owner
    Robert Osteen
    Robert Osteen Agency Owner

    Robert co-owns Brightway, The Osteen & Aldridge Agency with Stephen Aldridge. The two worked together for 16 years before opening their Brightway agency. 

    In addition to working with Stephen at Stanly Funeral and Cremation Care in Albemarle, N.C., Robert brings 30 years’ insurance industry experience to Brightway, including time as an agent for Farm Bureau Insurance. 

    Robert earned an Associate of Applied Science in Funeral Service Education from Fayetteville Technical Community College in Fayetteville, N.C. 

    He and wife, Katherine, of 34 years have two children and a grandchild. 

    Robert is a member of Lakeview Baptist Church in Albemarle N.C., and the Albemarle Optimist Club.

    During his leisure time, he enjoys rooting on the N.C. State Wolfpack at baseball, football and basketball games.

  • Mark  Hess
    Mark Hess Agency Principal

    Mark Hess is the Principal Agent at Brightway, The Osteen & Aldridge Agency. 

    He came to Brightway from SouthLake Insurance Services with more than 20 years’ industry experience. 

    Mark enjoys providing expert counsel and more choice in insurance brands than anywhere else to friends and neighbors as a Brightway Agent.

    Mark Hess Agency Principal
    Mark  Hess
    Mark Hess Agency Principal

    Mark Hess is the Principal Agent at Brightway, The Osteen & Aldridge Agency. 

    He came to Brightway from SouthLake Insurance Services with more than 20 years’ industry experience. 

    Mark enjoys providing expert counsel and more choice in insurance brands than anywhere else to friends and neighbors as a Brightway Agent.

Yellow Sun Shine Our reputation says it all.


  • Mark has outstanding knowledge in this field. When he first started working toward getting a new Homeowners policy for me, he made me a priority and made sure that everything went very smooth. Buying a new home is very stressful, but I did not have to worry about the added stress of finding great insurance because Mark made that happen! If you are shopping around or need insurance, please give Mark a chance... you will be more than happy that you did!

    Jeff C.

  • Mark has always provided excellent service to me and my company. He is always looking to get his customer the best deal for their buck. I would recommend him any time.

    Pierrette A.

  • Mark is a detailed oriented worker that is trustworthy, consistent and reliable. He is punctual at each step of the process and does excellent work at a reasonable cost.

    Pamela K.

  • Mark has assisted me and other members of my family with various insurance needs both business and personal. I can count on Mark to use his expertise to provide the coverages I need through the most reliable providers at very competitive pricing.

    Thomas B.

  • Mark has provided insurance to me and several family members for the past 8+ years. I appreciate his sense of urgency when it’s needed most. He consistently gets the job done and always at an affordable price. He is honest and very dependable. He is very knowledgeable about the insurance industry and we value the feedback we receive when trying to make very important decisions that will affect our family. Keep up the great work Mark!

    Monica H.

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Our Office

3071 HWY 21, Suite 106
Fort Mill, SC 29715

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Hours of Operation

Monday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

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