Our Team | Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel & Crematory | Knoxville TN funeral home and cremation
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Our Team

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Our employees are like family 

In this difficult time, let our family help yours. Learn more about who we are and what we do in the bios below. Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. 

Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

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Ashley Howe

Ashley Howe

Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer

Ashley Howe is a licensed funeral director, embalmer, and crematory operator with Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel. She has served families in need in East Tennessee since 2017 and sits proudly on the Greater Knoxville Funeral Service Associates board. Ashley studied Mortuary Sciences at Piedmont Technical College in South Carolina, as well as Business Administration at Walters State Community College here in Tennessee. She lives in Powell with her husband Justin and their children Declan, Ebin, and Nellie, and her beloved animals. When she's not helping her families, Ashley is an outdoor enthusiast who can often be found hiking, camping, or otherwise exploring Tennessee’s natural beauty.


Jerry Griffey

Jerry Griffey

Partner & Licensed Funeral Director

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.


Dylan Karnes

Dylan Karnes

Funeral Assistant & Certified Crematory Operator

In October of 2018 Dylan came to Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel with a deep desire to serve. His passion for the care and needs of the deceased was a perfect fit to our firm. Dylan is currently working towards his Associates Degree in Funeral Service and Mortuary Science. He holds a Certified Crematory Operator Certificate from the National Funeral Directors Association and is a Notary Public.

Dylan is married to his wonderful wife, Ana. The two first met in an 8th grade math class and have been nearly inseparable since then. They do have plans to start a family in the future but in the meantime they continue to strengthen their relationship.

In his spare time Dylan attends church regularly and is an active member in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Dylan takes every effort to serve the families that come to our funeral home to the best of his ability.


Megan Fritts

Megan Fritts

Administrator



Donnie Darnell

Donnie Darnell

Pre-arrangement Specialist

Donnie Darnell is a native of Knoxville and has resided in East TN. his whole life. He has over 20 years of experience as a pre-arrangement specialist, trainer and manager in the funeral and cemetery industry within the Knoxville area. Donnie now brings that experience, knowledge and commitment to help the families we serve at Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel.

Donnie and his wife Kim raised four boys and are now raising a Granddaughter and Grandson. They feel truly blessed to have the opportunity to make a difference in their lives as well as their other 6 grandchildren.

Community involvement has always been important to Donnie and he has coached dozens of young men in baseball and young ladies in softball.

Donnie has raised his family, coached ball and holds strong to this Mantra, “There are two ways to do things, the right way and the wrong way…Why choose to do things the wrong way!” Let Donnie show you the right way to take of care of your pre-arrangement needs today at Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel.


Franklin Eppinette

Franklin Eppinette

Funeral Assistant & Licensed/Ordained Minister

Franklin Eppinette, our pre-need specialist, is a licensed and ordained minister. He has served as a pastor, an interim pastor, and a hospice chaplain. He is a graduate of Southeastern Bible College and has done graduate work at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Moody Graduate School.

Franklin can help you with your funeral plans and can officiate a funeral or graveside service as well. Franklin has lived in Knoxville since 2013. He and his wife have two married sons and one grandchild. He believes God has called him to help individuals prepare for one of the most meaningful events of their lives. 


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