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.

Our History

Many years ago, North Funeral Home was founded in Elizabethton by H.S. North. In 1943, the late Donald W. Tetrick purchased the North firm upon moving to Elizabethton from Joplin, Missouri. Don Tetrick and his father, the late Glen W. "Pappy" Tetrick, operated Tetrick Funeral Home together until Pappy Tetrick retired in 1960.

In 1963, the Riverside Chapel was added to the former residence from which Tetrick Funeral Home operated. This structure was one of the first formal church-type chapels to be added by any funeral home in this region. In 1968, Richard Tetrick graduated from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science and joined his father, Don, in the operation of Tetrick Funeral Home. In 1974, Don and Richard opened Tetrick's Rhododendron Chapel in Roan Mountain, Tennessee. Don Tetrick retired in 1981 and sold his interest in the business to Richard.

Don enjoyed an active retirement and played a part in Tetrick Funeral Home up until his passing on August 26th, 2012.  Don was referred to as "Daddy Don" by family, but also from those employees whose lives he touched in meaningful ways.  He was active in his church, First United Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday school.  Also, Don was very active in his community by participating in Jaycees, Kiwanis, and many community civic boards.  He will be greatly missed by his immediate family, but also the Tetrick Funeral Home family, and the entire Elizabethton and Johnson City communities.

In 1984, Tetrick Funeral Home was extensively renovated and expanded, with the removal of the original structure that had housed the operation for many years. In 2001, the Chapel of Peace was added and the entire building was completely remodeled. In addition to its original Riverside Chapel and the Chapel of Peace, the building now features two drawing room chapels. With the increase in the number of night time funerals, four services can now be conducted in the building at one time  In 2011, the lobby was renovated and a portico was added to the front of the building to help families in the event of inclimate weather.

Tetrick Funeral Home has always taken pride in providing the best possible service and the most comfortable atmosphere for families who are grieving.  The desire to reach out and provide this service throughout the Tri-Cities has motivated Tetrick Funeral Home to purchase a Chapel in Bluff City in 1985, and to start a funeral home in Johnson City in November 2001.  We look forward to serving families and offering support to those grieving for many years to come...

Our Valued Staff

  • Richard  Tetrick

    Richard Tetrick Owner and Funeral Director

    Richard Tetrick is the third generation of his family to be a funeral director. He started working in his family business at the age of 16. He is an active member of First United Methodist Church of Elizabethton and the Elizabethton Rotary Club. He serves as a board member and secretary of Citizens Bank of the Tri-Cities. Richard has been a member and chairman of the Tennessee Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers and is a former director and secretary-treasurer of Selected Independent Funeral Homes. Richard has been married to Norma Greene Tetrick since 1972. They have one son, Tyler, who is active in the family business and is a funeral director.

  • S. Joe  Taylor

    S. Joe Taylor Manager, Funeral Director and Embalmer

    S. Joe Taylor is the manager of Tetrick Funeral Home’s Elizabethton and Roan Mountain Chapels. He has been with Tetrick Funeral Home since 1965. Joe was born in Carter County and is a graduate of Elizabethton High School. He attended East Tennessee State University while working nights at Tetrick Funeral Home. He was in the Dental Corp of the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam. He is a graduate of the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science where he was on the Dean’s List and top 10% of his class. He and his wife Shirley have a daughter, Jessica Leanne who is a graduate of the Furman University and lives in Alexandria, VA. Jessica works for NPR (National Public Radio) as Lead Digital Political Reporter. The Taylors are members of Grace Baptist Church, where Joe serves as a deacon.

  • Charlie  Bowman

    Charlie Bowman Assistant Manager, Funeral Director and Embalmer

    Charlie Bowman is a native of Greeneville, Tennessee, and attended Walters State College before receiving his B.B.A. Degree from East Tennessee State University and his B.A. in Funeral Service from Central State University in Edmond, Oklahoma. Charlie is a member of the Elizabethton Rotary Club and is married to Lynnea Kerley Bowman, who teaches Seventh Grade Language Arts at T.A. Dugger School in Elizabethton, and is the father of two sons, Trevor and Logan, and a daughter, Rachel. The Bowmans are members of the Calvary Baptist Church

  • Billy  Gillenwater

    Billy Gillenwater Assistant Manager and Funeral Director

    A native of Erwin, Billy retired from the U.S. Navy in 1998, after twenty years of service to his country. He returned to the area in 2002, where he resides with his wife, the former Robyn Harris. They have four children and one grandson. They enjoy attending sporting events, and admiring the great outdoors. They attend Marbleton Free Will Baptist Church. Billy is a member of the Johnson City Morning Rotary Club, and the American Legion in Erwin. He began his funeral service career in 2003. Billy obtained his Funeral Director license through the Tennessee state apprentice-ship program. “I believe that being a funeral director is a calling to minister to families using sensitivity and compassion, and is a dignified respectful way to contribute to the community.”

  • David  Blackburn

    David Blackburn Funeral Director and Embalmer

    David Blackburn, a licensed funeral director and embalmer, is a native of Damascus, Virginia. He is a 1990 graduate of Gupton-Jones Mortuary College and married to the former Traci Ellis. They are members of Poplar Grove Baptist Church where they are very active, and David serves as trustee. He and Traci also help with the youth and children’s church. David and Traci enjoy sports and spending time with each other and with family. David is an avid outdoorsmen and turkey hunter.

  • Derek  Cornett

    Derek Cornett Funeral Director and Embalmer

    Derek Cornett, a licensed funeral director and embalmer, is a native of Elizabethton and a 1993 graduate of Elizabethton High School. In 1995 he received an A.A.S. Degree in Business Management from Northeast State Technical Community College. In 1996 he received a B.S. Degree in Mortuary Science from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and began working at Tetrick Funeral Home. Derek enjoys boating, fishing, camping, college and high school football, traveling and spending time with family. He is married to his childhood sweetheart, the former Tricia Fair. They have one son, Steven and his wife, Harlie and one daughter, Abby, who is studying biochemistry at East Tennessee State University. They are also the proud grandparents of their first grandchild, Grayson Colt Cornett born January 31, 2018.

  • Jerry  Barnett

    Jerry Barnett Funeral Director and Embalmer

    Jerry L. Barnett is a Johnson City native. He was educated in the Washington County Schools and graduated from Lamar High School in 1966. Jerry attended E.T.S.U. Jerry is a veteran of the U.S. Army and served as a combat medic in Vietnam. He is a graduate of Kentucky School of Mortuary Science. Married to Sharon Shepherd Barnett of Jonesborough, they are the parents of one son Jason (wife Lindsay) and grandparents of two granddaughters, Addison and Natalee. He is an active member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Elizabethton. Jerry is a licensed funeral director and embalmer with 40 years of funeral service. He states, “I entered funeral service to be a kind, informing, compassionate, helpful Christian to those experiencing grief. I perform my job as if all families were my family.”

  • Lori L. Willett

    Lori L. Willett Funeral Director and Embalmer

    Lori Willett is a native of San Diego, CA, who now happily resides in Johnson City, TN. Lori attended the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service and is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. She is a proud mother of two boys, Michael and Julien. Lori enjoys a wide variety of outdoor activities including mountain biking, hiking, boating, horse back riding, scuba diving and is a level 2 certified diver. Lori is grateful for the opportunity to serve the community of the Tri-Cities area by being a part of the Tetrick Funeral Home team.

  • Eric Barnard

    Eric Barnard Funeral Director/Embalmer Apprentice

    Eric is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee and is a 2006 graduate of Elizabethton High School. Eric is married to Lori Forbes - Barnard and they have a beautiful little girl, Paisley Leann. Eric and his family are members of Lyons Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. Eric has been working for Tetrick for four years and is currently serving his apprenticeship and attending mortuary school at American Academy McAllister in New York. In his spare time he enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with his little girl.

  • Becky Henson Potter

    Becky Henson Potter Administrative Assistant

    Becky is a native of Carter County, and grew up in the Poga Community. She is a 1988 graduate of Hampton High School and a 2010 graduate of Tennessee Technology Center of Elizabethton, with an associate degree in Administration. Becky is engaged to Dennis Guy, also of the Poga Community of Carter County and has two daughters, Annie Guy and her husband, Jordan Guy, of Butler; and Sarah Potter and fiance, Perry Ashley and their daughter (Becky's only granddaughter and the pride and joy of her life) Taryn Elise Ashley, and they live in Big Stone Gap, VA. Becky attends Piney Grove Church of Christ in the Poga Community, where she grew up. Before joining the staff at Tetrick Funeral Home in 2012, Becky worked for ETSU Physicians and Associates. In her leisure time, she travels to Virginia to see her granddaughter and enjoys long walks with her faithful companion, her puppy, Moe.

  • Shirley Sutphin

    Shirley Sutphin Administrative Assistant

    Shirley Cooper Sutphin is a native of Johnson City. She joined the staff of Tetrick Funeral and Cremation Services as an Administrative Assistant in 2012. She graduated from Daniel Boone High School. She is the daughter of Edna Cooper and the late Rev. Roy Cooper. She is the widow of Raymond E. Sutphin and has one daughter (Robin) who is also deceased. She attends By Faith Free Will Baptist Church where she is the church pianist, Director of the Veterans Program, Teacher for VBS and Church Clerk. She is also on the Client Advisory Board for Fidelus Advisors. She enjoys singing, playing the piano, yard sales, traveling and most of all spending time with her family, and friends. Shirley's desire is to help someone during their time of grief.

  • Maryetta Shadoan Elliott

    Maryetta Shadoan Elliott Administrative Assistant

    Maryetta Elliott is a native of Johnson City and has lived in Elizabethton for the past 46 years. She is a graduate of University High, and attended East Tennessee State University. Before joining the staff of Tetrick Funeral Home in May of 2006, Mary Etta worked for 23 years at Mapes Piano String Company. She is involved with Holston Habitat for Humanity where she serves on their Family Selection Committee and has served as a Family Sponsor. Mary Etta is a member of First United Methodist Church in Elizabethton where she sings in the Chancel Choir, has served as a church Trustee, is on the Administrative Council and is a member of UMW Circle #6.

  • Kelly Pierson

    Kelly Pierson Administrative Assistant

    Kelly is a native of Bluff City. She joined the staff of Tetrick Funeral Home- Bluff City Chapel in May 2015 as Administrative Assistant. She is married to David Pierson and they have two daughters, Ashtin and Hayden. Before joining Tetrick Funeral Home she was the Office Manager for Carolina Pottery till it’s closing in 2008, after its closing she was able to enjoy being a stay at home mom till her youngest daughter started school. Kelly and her family attend Chinquapin Grove Baptist Church.

  • David  Ensminger

    David Ensminger Advanced Funeral Planning Counselor

    David has worked in the area of preplanning for Heritage Family Funeral Services since 2001. David is a licensed Funeral Director in Tennessee. David was a pastor for 30 years. David is a graduate of Tennessee Wesleyan College and Vanderbilt Divinity School. David and his wife, Terry, have six children, eighteen grandchildren, and two dogs. David is a member of Living Word Lutheran Church. Also, he enjoys reading and sports.

  • Vickie Bryant

    Vickie Bryant Advanced Funeral Planning Counselor

    Vickie is a native of Elizabethton. She graduated from Happy Valley High School and attended Northeast State and ETSU. Before joining the staff at Tetrick, Vickie was Operations Manager at Sprint Yellow Pages for 17 years. She and her husband, Pete, have two Pekingese dogs, Bailey and Baxter, who are the joy of their lives. Vickie's mother, Louise Trusler, also resides with them. Vickie is a member of Roan Street Church of God in Elizabethton.

  • Laura Graham

    Laura Graham Community Coordinator

    Laura is a Johnson City native. She graduated from University High School and attended ETSU where she was an active member of Alpha Omicorn Pi sorority. Laura is the mother of two sons, A.R. and Chip Rhea, and grandmother to Caroline, Jack, Annie, and Emma Rhea. Laura and her husband John W. Graham reside in Johnson City and they are actively involved in Crossroads Christian Church in Gray, TN.

  • Gary Kemp

    Gary Kemp Funeral Assistant

    Gary Kemp is a native of Johnson City, Tennessee and now resides in Carter County. He graduated from Sullivan East High School. Gary and his wife, the former Jill Wilson, have two sons, Kevin and Kurt. They also have two grandchildren, Baylee and Kole, whom they love to spoil. They are members of Blue Springs Christian Church, where Jill serves as pianist and Gary as a Deacon. They also enjoy working with the youth group.

  • Roy  Frances

    Roy Frances Funeral Assistant

    Roy is a native of Washington County. He is a graduate of Daniel Boone High School and is employed as a mechanic at East Tennessee Rental. Roy has been a funeral assistant with Tetrick Funeral and Cremation Services since 2011. He and his wife, Darlene Garst Francis, reside in Jonesborough and are members of Fairview United Methodist Church. Roy enjoys working, fishing, and being outdoors.

  • Mark  Church

    Mark Church Funeral Assistant

    Mark Church is a native of North Tonawanda, NY, but has lived in Carter County for forty-nine years. He is a graduate of Unaka High School and is also employed at All Pro Exterminator. Mark and his wife, the former Sandra Jean Sims, have three children, Miranda, Nikki and Josh. They are active members of Blue Springs Christian Church.

  • Jeff  Bell

    Jeff Bell Funeral Assistant

    Jeff Bell is a native of Sarnia, Ontario, Canada and now resides in the Lynn Valley area of Elizabethton. He attended Tyndale Bible College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Jeff and his wife Charity, an Elizabethton native, are active members of Grace Baptist Church. They have a daughter, Bethany, who lives in Canada. When not busy with work, church or media, Jeff can be found umpiring softball games, doing construction, working on computers or playing with his nieces and nephews.

  • Jo Ann Greenwell

    Jo Ann Greenwell Funeral Assistant

    Jo Ann is a native of Carter County. She retired from Citizens Bank in Elizabethton where she worked for 14 years. She has two daughters. Susan Whitehead and Amy Jones, and a grandson, Hunter Jones. Jo Ann is an active member of Lynn Valley Baptist Church. She enjoys her flower gardens wood burning crafts, and spending time with family.

  • Shawna S Gragg

    Shawna S Gragg Funeral Assistant

    Shawna Gragg is a native of Charleston, WV, but has lived in the Piney Flats area for thirty-four years. She joined the staff of Tetrick Funeral and Cremation Services in June, 2015. She is married to Luther “Pete” Gragg and enjoys camping, swimming, and reading. She attends Piney Flats First Baptist Church, where she assists the Minister of Music and also is an active member of the Women’s Ministry. Shawna feels honored to help people in their time of need.

  • Tracy Kellerman

    Tracy Kellerman Funeral Assistant

    Tracy is a life-long resident of Carter County. She is married to her husband Matt who is from St. Louis, MO. They met while he was here attending Moody Aviation. They have seven children, Gabriel, Bellah, Chloe, Ava, Sadie, and their youngest two recently adopted from foster care, Khara and Gigi. Tracy spends a lot of time with her family at Doe River Gorge where her husband is employed and operating Wild and Wacky Art Studio in Elizabethton.

  • Rich Humphreys

    Rich Humphreys Funeral Assistant

  • Kati Sheffield

    Kati Sheffield Funeral Assitant

  • Summer Johnson

    Summer Johnson Funeral Assistant

    Summer grew up in Elizabethton, TN. She is a graduate of Hampton High School and Milligan College and has a degree in early childhood development. She is employed by the TN Dept. of Education. Summer is married to Josh Johnson and they have a daughter, Abbie. They are active members of Beck Mountain Baptist Church. They have a farm that they enjoy. Summer enjoys reading, spending time with family, traveling, and crafting.

  • Don  Friesland

    Don Friesland Funeral Assistant

    Don Friesland was born in Sullivan County and educated in the Bluff City school system. He retired from Tennessee Eastman after 32 years as a chemical operator. Don serves as a part-time associate for Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home and Tetrick Funeral Home’s Bluff City Chapel. He is married to the former Marie Stanfield and has one daughter. Don and his wife are members of the Chinquapin Grove Baptist Church.

  • Joe  Fortune

    Joe Fortune Funeral Assistant

    Joe Fortune is a native of Carter County and currently lives in Gray, Tennessee. He graduated from Hampton High School and attended East Tennessee State University and is a veteran of the United States Army. Joe attends Grace Fellowship Church in Johnson City and is single. He also works at the auto auction in Fall Branch during the week and for Ed Street Development. Joe works at Tetrick Funeral Home in Elizabethton on the weekends as a part-time funeral assistant.

  • Charlotte  Smith

    Charlotte Smith Funeral Assistant

    Charlotte Smith is a part-time funeral assistant at Tetrick Funeral Home, Rhododendron Chapel in Roan Mountain, where she also serves as staff organist. She is a life-long resident of Roan Mountain, Tennessee and is married to Jim Smith. Charlotte and Jim are members of Magill Presbyterian Church in Roan Mountain.

  • Alex Morris

    Alex Morris Funeral Assistant

    By far the most important part of my life is Jesus Christ and following him. I have grown up a Christian my entire life but didn’t fully realize what that meant until I met my wife, Kaitlyn. She has helped me so much to make my faith more genuine, and I love everything about her. We dated for two years and finally tied the knot on July 18, 2015.

    Kaitlyn and I first met at Appalachian Christian Camp in Unicoi. My father has been the manager there for 15 years and it has changed my life in many ways. The things I learned and relationships I built there will always be remembered.

    In my spare time I usually hang out with Kaitlyn and both of our families. I also deeply enjoy hiking and reading. I love my full-time job in shipping at Innovate Medical, and am very excited to be working part-time for Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services.

  • Jeff  Turner

    Jeff Turner Funeral Assistant

    Jeff Turner is a native of Bluff city and now resides in Elizabethton. He works part-time at both the Elizabethton and Bluff City Chapels of Tetrick Funeral Home. Jeff is a graduate of Sullivan East High School and also attended Tri-Cities State Tech majoring in business. He attends Blessed Redeemer Baptist Church in Bluff City.