Eric Arnold Botts, Managing Partner & Licensed Funeral Director

Eric Arnold Botts

Eric Arnold Botts

Eric is a native of Cleveland, TN who relocated to the North Knoxville area in 2011. He attended Cleveland State Community College and The University of Tennessee in Chattanooga where he studied business administration. His family has had a long history in the funeral home business. Growing up following the footsteps of his grandfather and others in the funeral profession, he realized early on the opportunity for service to members of his community in their time of need.

Serving as an apprentice, licensed funeral director, and partner in a family owned funeral home in Cleveland, TN, Eric learned all aspects of the funeral service profession and how best to tend to a  family’s needs in their darkest hours. Eric is of the Baptist faith and is a member of the North Knoxville Rotary Club in addition to being a graduate of Leadership Knoxville, Introduction Knoxville, and the Citizens Police Academy of the Knoxville Police Department, and serves on the boards of Dogwood Arts Festival, Friends of Literacy, and the Greater Knoxville Funeral Associates. He was honored as a member of “40 Under 40” by the Greater Knoxville Business Journal in 2016 and in his free time enjoys singing and outdoor activities.

Jerry Griffey, Partner & Licensed Funeral Director


Jerry Griffey

Mr. Jerry Griffey, along with his wife Joan, assumed ownership of Gentry Griffey in May 1970. Jerry and Joan purchased the funeral business and continued the tradition of personal and caring service for grieving families. The staff with Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel and Crematory project that same dignity and respect for each and every family that is served. Gentry Griffey was selected as the only firm introduced into the National Selected Morticians that was already in the NFDA and the TFDA organizations. Jerry was president of the Greater Knoxville Funeral Directors Association for 3 years in a row.

To facilitate this, in June 2009, Jerry and Joan took new partners into the business. We carry on this tradition of service in the Knoxville community.

Sadly, Joan passed away in February 2015. After 45 years in business in the Fountain City Community, Jerry is now devoting more time to family, especially their children and grandchildren, to the community, and to their church family.

Nicole Lauth-Cleary, Administrative Assistant and Licensed Apprentice Funeral Director

Nicole Lauth-Cleary

Nicole Lauth-Cleary

Nicole Lauth-Cleary joined the Gentry Griffey team as an Administrative Assistant and is now a Licensed Apprentice Funeral Director. She brings a calm and helpful demeanor as well as a deep knowledge of the needs of the families we serve. Nicole is married to Andrew and they have one daughter, Alice. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the mountains with her family, reading, and painting.

Dr. Alan Smith, Funeral Assistant and Director of Grief Counseling


Dr. Alan Smith

Whether or not we have served your family during a time of need, we are proud to offer complimentary grief counseling for our area’s families. Dr. Alan Smith is Funeral Assistant and Director of Grief Counseling. Dr. Smith served as a chaplain for the Knoxville Police Department for 14 years and presently serves as the Administrative Pastor for Grace Covenant Baptist Church and Academy. Dr. Smith also is a Rule 31 court-appointed mediator in both civil and family mediation.