Staff

Eric Arnold Botts, 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 with his family.

Diane Hunter, Manager, Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer

Diane Hunter

Diane Hunter

Diane is a native East Tennessean born and raised on a farm in Powder Springs. She grew up working in her family’s store where she learned respect for others and developed an understanding of business management and later attended several colleges to increase her knowledge in business management and accounting.

Diane feels that God called her into the funeral ministry to assist and protect grieving families during a time that can be the most difficult they may ever have to face. She knows from dealing with loss in her own life that the funeral home experience is very important. She understands that every family is unique and is committed to ensure every family is treated with respect. She believes the stress of losing a loved one alone can be unbearable and a funeral director should aid in minimizing the stress as much as possible.

Diane is a Nationally Certified Funeral Service Practitioner and Tennessee licensed funeral director, embalmer and preneed insurance producer. She received her Mortuary Science Degree from Ogeechee Technical College in Statesboro, GA. Diane served her apprenticeship at Memorial Funeral Home in Maryville. After completion of her apprenticeship, Diane moved forward in her career in funeral service management as the Facility Funeral Director Manager of Dogwood Cremation of Powell. Prior to coming to us here at Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Diane was the Facility Funeral Director Manager at Woodhaven Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens in Powell. Diane is a current board member of The Greater Knoxville Funeral Service Associates, Inc. During her down time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Jason and their families.

Rejane Wintter, Licensed Funeral Director & Preneed Specialist

Rejane Wintter

Rejane has been a resident of East Tennessee Since 2010. She grew up on Florida and is a 2nd generation funeral director with over 30 years of experience caring for families during their time of loss. Rejane feels that every family should be treated with dignity and respect. With a passion for helping people after a loss of a loved one, she remains dedicated to creating meaningful services that honor and celebrate each life.

Rejane is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in both Tennessee and Florida. She has a life insurance license and holds a preneed insurance producers license in Tennessee. Rejane received a Mortuary Science Degree from Miami Dade Community College. She served her apprenticeship at Levitt Weinstein Memorial Chapel in Florida and continued to work as a funeral director and manager in South Florida for 20 years.

Community involvement has always been important to Rejane and has been an active member of the Women’s Club, Rotary Club, Networking Groups and is currently a member of the Lion’s Club. She enjoys camping, hiking, golfing and spending time with her family.

Jerry Griffey, Partner & Licensed Funeral Director

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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.

Mike Berry, Licensed Funeral Director

Mike Berry