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

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 Founder and Chief Executive Officer

    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.

  • Charlie  Bowman

    Charlie Bowman 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 Location Manager, 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 two grandsons. They enjoy attending sporting events, and admiring the great outdoors. They attend Marbleton Free Will Baptist Church. Billy is a member of 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.”

  • Derek  Cornett

    Derek Cornett Assistant Manager, 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.

  • 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.

  • Jason M. Bruner

    Jason M. Bruner Funeral Director & Embalmer

    Jason is a native of Barbourville, Kentucky, the only son of Rev. William & Selina Bruner. He moved to Johnson City, Tennessee in 2018 to join the Tetrick Funeral Service family. Jason started working in funeral service in 2007 at Hopper Funeral Home, the oldest funeral home in Barbourville. He graduated from the Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in Houston, Texas where he was inducted into The National Funeral Service Honor Society, which focuses to promote academic excellence among mortuary school students. Jason is a board certified Funeral Director & Embalmer in both Tennessee and Kentucky. He is also a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and the Funeral Directors Association of Kentucky. In his free time, Jason enjoys spending time with his family and friends and traveling.

  • Shane Younce

    Shane Younce Funeral Director and Embalmer

    Shane Younce is a native of Elizabethton, Tennessee, and attended American Academy McAllister Institute. He is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer and proud father of two young girls, Karaline and Allison. His passion is raising his family and serving his community.

  • Robert C Eastep

    Robert C Eastep Funeral Director and Embalmer

    Robbie grew up in Jonesborough, Tennessee. He graduated from Daniel Boone High School in 2013 and from John A. Gupton College in Nashville in 2017. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and watching sports. Robbie has been in the funeral business since 2015 and immediately knew he wanted to be a Funeral Director. Robbie’s main desire is to be a comfort to families in their time of need.

  • Jerissa Ward

    Jerissa Ward Apprentice Funeral Director and Embalmer

    Jerissa is married to her loving husband, Kevin and has three beautiful children, Ketron, Kayson, and Juliane. Jerissa grew up in Unicoi and moved to Johnson City while in elementary school. She is a graduate of ETSU. She also received a graduate degree in Forensic Documentation from ETSU. Jerissa, is currently a student at Gupton-
    Jones College of Mortuary Science. In her spare time, she enjoys hunting, fishing, kayaking, hiking, and spending time with family and dear friends.

  • Becky Henson Potter

    Becky Henson Potter Administrative Assistant

    Becky grew up in the Poga Community of Carter County, Tennessee. 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 and Medical Coding. Becky is engaged to Dennis Guy, also of the Poga Community and has two daughters, Annie Guy and her husband, Jordan Guy, who welcomed their first son, Grayson Lynn Guy, on May 1, 2018; and Sarah Potter her daughter, Taryn Elise Ashley. Becky attends Stone Mountain Baptist Church in the Poga Community. She joined the Tetrick Funeral Home family in August of 2012. When not at work, Becky enjoys long walks with Dennis and their dog, Moe, going to flea markets, taking photos and spending every chance she can with her children and grandchildren.

  • Nona Jarratt

    Nona Jarratt Administrative Assistant

    Nona Jarratt is a native of Memphis, TN where she graduated from Christian Brothers University with a BS in Accounting. After graduating and marrying, she moved to Manchester, TN with husband, Ken, where they raised their four children: Rachel, Deborah, Thomas and Mary. In 2017, they moved to Carter County to be closer to their children and 7 grandchildren. They attend First United Methodist Church in Elizabethton. Her spare time is filled with their garden, bees, being outdoors and of course her family.

  • Marie Bryant

    Marie Bryant Administrative Assistant

    Marie has been married to her best friend, Greg, for 28 years, and together they have two wonderful children Annalyn and Chet. Native of Mississippi, in the Memphis Metropolitan area, she moved to East Tennessee 16 years ago and calls Bluff City, Tennessee, home. Marie is a 1989 graduate of Hornlake High School and attended Northwest Mississippi Community College. She and her family attend Elizabethton Church of Christ. Marie joined the Tetrick family in November, 2019. In her spare time, she loves crafting, boating, camping, spending time with her family and giving God the Glory for the blessings of it all.

  • 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.

  • 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 five children, twenty 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 resided in Johnson City and is 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sage Bishop

    Sage Bishop Funeral Assistant

    Sage is a Johnson City native and a veteran of the U.S. Army. She enjoys studying science, history, and linguistics. Homesteading, gardening, music, and hiking are her passions. Her future plans include owning a homesteaded farm and having a non-profit agricultural education school.

  • Jeff Renfro

    Jeff Renfro Funeral Assistant

    Born and raised in Johnson City growing up trying to be a service orientated individual! After graduating from University School, working in Churches, Johnson City Rescue Squad, and other Civic Organizations "I LOVE SEEING A SMILE ON FACES”. With that in mind after working as a machinist at Kennametal for 28 years I decided to return to school to do an Associate Degree in Science, and Cardiovascular Technology from Northeast State. Jeff is a proud member of The National Association of Pharmaceutical Representatives; Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society Alpha; Sigma Lambda Honor Society; National Honors Society; Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals.

    Jeff currently attends Bible Baptist where he is involved with several ministries of the church. He is a proud father (and grandfather) of three children Alex Renfro, Christy Burrough, and Jonathan Renfro the proud father of Bracken Carter Renfro. Jeff has enjoyed mission work, big game hunting, scuba diving, and traveling. His goal in LIFE is to be a comfort in the time of need whatever that may be.

  • Lou Nelson

    Lou Nelson Funeral Assistant

    Lou was born in Tallahassee, Florida, but has been a resident of Johnson City since the age of three. He attended University School and graduated from ETSU with a degree in Criminal Justice. Lou was an employee of the city of Johnson City for 35 years serving during the operation of the Public Safety Officer Program (fire/police) and transitioned to traditional policing. Early in his career he served as a volunteer EMT with the local Rescue Squad and as an assistant Scout Master with the BSA. Lou enjoys fishing, hiking, camping and traveling to unusual places and events with his wife Pat. He is the proud father of twins (Marshall and Nikie) and looks forward to being a grandfather in the near future. Lou volunteers with a local historical railroad organization helping to maintain railcars and giving tours of the Railroad Depot in Jonesborough.

  • JD Morgan

    JD Morgan Funeral Assistant

    J.D. is a native of Roan Mountain, Tennessee but currently resides in Elizabethton. He is currently taking classes toward his degree in Information Technology. J.D. enjoys reading books on a variety of topics and doting on his pet cat, Artemis. J.D. joined the Tetrick team in August of 2019 as a funeral assistant.

  • Harold Morelock

    Harold Morelock Funeral Assistant

    Harold is a native of Fall Branch, Tennessee and is a graduate of North Greene High School. Harold is the son of Carson and Irene Morelock. He is married to Karen Renner Morelock and they have a beautiful daughter Megan Hope and she attends King University. Harold is an ordained Baptist Minister, and is currently Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Fellowship of Fall Branch Church. Harold joined Tetrick JC in March of 2018. In his spare time he enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. Harold’s desire is to show the Lord’s love to people and be a help to them during a difficult time.

  • Heath B. Lawhon

    Heath B. Lawhon Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

    Heath and his wife, LeClaire, grew up in North Alabama. They met as adults and have lived in FL, SC, TN, and GA. They are glad to be back in TN. They love the people, the mountains, and the climate. Heath enjoys cars of all types--classic, muscle, vintage, etc. and loves movies. They have two grandchildren, one girl and one boy.

  • Rob Aubrey

    Rob Aubrey Funeral Assistant

    Rob was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania and now resides in Gray,TN. He currently serves as the Campus Minister at Crossroads Christian Church in Gray where he has been on the ministry staff since 2002. He is a 1979 graduate of Seneca Valley High School in Harmony, PA and a 1983 graduate of Milligan College. Rob and his wife Theresa met at Milligan and were married the summer before their senior year. They have three grown children including two daughters, Sheri Pharris (husband Adam), Kelly, and a son, Michael. Rob & Theresa also have three grandchildren—Preston, Millie, and Betsy. Rob joined the staff at Tetrick in July of 2014.

  • 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.

  • Jessica Baker

    Jessica Baker Funeral Assistant

  • Charlie Eastep

    Charlie Eastep Funeral Assistant

  • Richie Doodle

    Richie Doodle Funeral Assistant