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.
Mayes Family Services, Downtown Chapel (located on the corner of
Jackson and Main Streets) sits in the heart of Morristown’s central
business district. Surrounded by financial institutions, law offices,
governmental agencies, churches and the local library; its location and
feasibility to the entire community is excellent.
In 1855, Morristown was incorporated into a town with 175 citizens. Following the Civil War, union Major John Murphy returned to Morristown and purchased land on which to build the family residence. Major Murphy served as mayor of Morristown from 1867 to 1869 and was active in the formation of the county and the building of the courthouse. He also served 25 years as clerk and master. The property was purchased from Porter and Emma Jarnagin in September 1866. Construction began immediately. Bricks for the 18-inch thick walls were burned at a kiln a few blocks north of the house under the personal supervision of Major Murphy. The tin roof, which is still on the building, was imported from England. Painted red, the house was called “Ruby Mansion” and is Morristown’s oldest existing brick home. After serving as a house, doctor’s office, and boarding house, it eventually became Brooks Mortuary, owned and operated by Fred and Mary Ann Brooks.
Brooks Mortuary was purchased in the early 1970’s by Herbert and Buddy Mayes. “Ruby Mansion” then became Mayes Mortuary. The house now serves as the center section of the funeral home, having had a new face and additions to the rear of the building.
Our Valued Staff
Buddy Mayes, Owner/Funeral Director/Embalmer
Buddy graduated from Kentucky School of Mortuary Science in 1970. He has been in funeral service for 46 years as a licensed funeral director and embalmer. He purchased Brooks Mortuary along with his father, Herbert W. Mayes in 1972. He served as past president of Tennessee State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers, a member of First Baptist Church of Morristown and past president of Boy's Club and is the past president of the Youth Emergency Shelter in Morristown. In 2005, he was the coordinator for the the Disaster Relief for the victims of Katrina. In 2007, he had the the opportunity to purchase several funeral homes in the East Tennessee area, allowing these funeral homes to become independently owned and employee operated.
Tracy Mayes- Summers, Funeral Director - Embalmer
Tracy is a third generation funeral director and embalmer. She is a graduate of King Academy, and John A. Gupton in Nashville, TN. She has 3 children, Arron, Mya, and Faith. She is married to Shaun Summers and they reside in Morristown.
Margo Lamb, Funeral Director/Embalmer/Manager
Margo is a native of Morristown. She is a Morristown West, Walters State, and John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science Graduate. After living and serving families in the Nashville area for several years, she has the privilege to serve families of her hometown for 5 years.
Paul Baldy, Apprentice Funeral Director
Paul has been with Mayes Family services for 6 years. He has 2 children Jon Robert and Carter and resides in Morristown. He is a 2004 graduate of Morristown East High School and will graduate from King College in May 2015. He began his career in the funeral industry in 2003. Paul enjoys golfing and flying in his spare time.
Rev. Tom Wells, Funeral Assistant
Tom has been with Mayes Family Service for 3 years. He is married to Tammy Wells and they have one daughter Lindsey. Tom is a Baptist minister and has pastored several churches in the area.
Dillon Wines, Funeral Director/Embalmer
Dillon joined the staff in October 2014 as funeral director and embalmer after returning home from working in Nashville for four years. He was born and raised in Newport and is a 2009 graduate of Cocke Co. High School and a December 2010 graduate of John A. Gupton Mortuary College.
Allen Warren, Funeral Assisstant
Allen serves as a Funeral Assistant here at Mayes. He and his wife Eula have one son Barry and 4 grandchildren. He is a member of Calvue Baptist Church.
Dr. Byron Chambers, Pre-need counselor
Dr. Byron Chambers, has been with Mayes Family Services for 17 years. He is married Becky , and has 2 children, and 5 grandchildren. Dr. CHambers also pastors Blount Baptist Church in Knoxville. He also serves on the board of directors for Friends of Hospice.