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About Us

Who we are

Celebrating life since 1922

As a proud member of the Elizabethton community since 1922, we're honored to help families celebrate their loved ones. We pledge to ensure that every funeral and memorial service is deeply personal, fostering healing and remembrance.

What we stand for

Our promise

Today, tomorrow, and forever, our commitment to you stays the same.

Dignity

Every life is unique, and we promise to honor and respect each journey, crafting ceremonies that reflect each individual.

Guidance

Navigating grief can be overwhelming; we stand by you, providing direction and solace every step of the way.

Legacy

Beyond a service, we're committed to helping families create lasting tributes that transcend generations.

Our story

A Century of Compassion

The Tetrick Funeral Home Story

From its inception in 1922 within a humble furniture store to a landmark of service in northeast Tennessee, Tetrick Funeral Home has woven a rich tapestry of care, innovation, and dedication. This journey encapsulates a century of unwavering commitment to families during their most challenging times, showcasing the evolution of a small undertaking service into a beacon of comfort and excellence.

Birth of a Legacy

From Furniture to Funerals

Beginning as Williams Furniture Company in downtown Elizabethton, the venture expanded to selling coffins and offering undertaking services. By 1925, B.P. Curtis and Frank Bailey initiated Curtis Funeral Home at a significant downtown location, setting the foundation for future growth.

A New Era

The North and Tetrick Transition

In 1932, H.S. North acquired the funeral home, bringing experience from a family of undertakers. By 1943, Don Tetrick took ownership, marking the beginning of the Tetrick Funeral Home's longstanding influence in Elizabethton.

Laying Foundations

The First Expansion

Under the Tetrick family, the funeral home served an increasing number of families, necessitating expansions, including the acquisition of the Grindstaff Victorian home in 1951 and addition of a modern facility in 1952. Don Tetrick's foresight led to the purchase of Happy Valley Memorial Park in 1955, pioneering a funeral home-cemetery association in the region.

Evolving Services

Chapel and Facilities Enhancement

Significant additions from 1963 to 1979 included the Riverside Funeral Chapel, the first of its kind in northeast Tennessee, and various modernizations to accommodate growing demands, reflecting the community's changing needs and the funeral home's commitment to service.

Broadening Horizons

Acquisitions and Growth

The strategic acquisition of Hathaway Percy Funeral Home in 1980 and subsequent expansion and renovation efforts, including the modernization of Castle Funeral Home, demonstrated the Tetrick family's dedication to serving wider communities.

A New Millennium

Modernization and Excellence

With the new millennium came significant expansions, including the state-of-the-art Johnson City location in 2001 and renovations to the Elizabethton location. These enhancements underscored the Tetrick family's commitment to excellence, earning numerous awards and recognitions.

A Tradition of Service and Excellence

Across generations, the Tetrick family has been deeply involved in community service, reflecting their commitment beyond funeral services. This dedication has been recognized through numerous awards and the community's continued trust and respect.

Over 100 Years of Compassionate Service

In 2022, we proudly celebrated our 100th anniversary, marking a century of dedication to providing compassionate service to northeast Tennessee's families. From its humble beginnings to becoming a trusted name, the journey reflects a legacy of care, innovation, and community.

Meet the team

Our incredible staff

Helping families create lasting legacies is more than a job — it's our calling. We are here to support you in any way we can and will offer you the full attention, knowledge, and compassion you need.

Richard Tetrick

Richard Tetrick

Licensed Funeral Director and Licensed Embalmer

Charlie Bowman

Charlie Bowman

Licensed Funeral Director and Licensed Embalmer

Derek Cornett

Derek Cornett

Licensed Funeral Director and Licensed Embalmer

Shane Younce

Shane Younce

Licensed Funeral Director and Licensed Embalmer

Calissta Bishop

Calissta Bishop

Licensed Funeral Director and Licensed Embalmer

David Blackburn

David Blackburn

Licensed Funeral Director and Licensed Embalmer

Vickie Bryant

Vickie Bryant

Licensed Advanced Planning Specialist

Brandy Hampton

Brandy Hampton

Licensed Funeral Director and Licensed Embalmer

Vera Perkins

Vera Perkins

Apprentice Funeral Director and Apprentice Embalmer (Non-licensed)

Jo Ann Greenwell

Jo Ann Greenwell

Funeral Assistant (Non-licensed)

Summer Johnson

Summer Johnson

Funeral Assistant (Non-licensed)

Jeff Renfro

Jeff Renfro

Funeral Assistant (Non-licensed)

Karen Colvard

Karen Colvard

Funeral Assistant (Non-licensed)

Mel Colvard

Mel Colvard

Funeral Assistant (Non-licensed)

Becky Henson Guy

Becky Henson Guy

Administrative Assistant (Non-licensed)

We're here for you

A time to honor, comfort and heal

We help create unique and meaningful memorial services to celebrate your loved one and begin the healing process for families and friends left behind.

We’ll take care of every detail

We'll help you with everything you need with a simple step-by-step process for all of your funeral, cremation and advanced planning.

Unique Funerals and Tributes

Every individual is unique. Which is why we offer fully customizable memorial services designed just for your family.

Compassionate customer care

We're here to answer any questions and help in any way we can – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Past memorials

“Very professional, caring and devoted to the families and their needs. I would highly recommend Tetrick for any need you have when it comes to your loved ones!”

Author: Michael Carver rated with 5 stars
Careers

We're hiring

Beyond the opportunity to truly make a difference, Tetrick Funeral Home offers competitive pay, a healthy work-life balance, and many opportunities for growth.

Plan Ahead

Plan for the future, today

Pre-planning lets your loved ones focus on honoring life instead of hashing out details. Learn the choices you can make now, so a future funeral becomes more of a celebration than a burden.