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

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

    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 The Baptist Faith, and enjoys visiting Morristown/Lakeway Area Baptist Churches; 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. Buddy currently serves on the board of Kingswood School and The Boy's and Girl's Club. He enjoys his time on the lake with his grandchildren.

  • Dillon Wines

    Dillon Wines Manager, Funeral Director&Embalmer

    Dillon grew up in Newport, TN, and graduated from Cocke County High School in 2009. After high school, he attended John A. Gupton College in Nashville, TN, where he graduated in the top 10% of his class with an associate of arts in mortuary science. Dillon spent five years in greater Nashville area serving families at notable historic and prominent locations before moving to Morristown, TN in the fall of 2014. Dillon completed his Crematory Operator Certification from the National Funeral Directors Association in September 2013. He has faithfully served families across East Tennessee since late 2014. When Dillon is not working he enjoys spending time with his rescue dogs Hollie & Ralph. He also volunteers his time at Noah’s Arc Animal Rescue, where he has served as a board member. Dillon joined All Saints’ Episcopal Church in 2015, and proudly serves as an acolyte every chance he gets. Dillon also enjoys playing the trumpet, and is a member in the Walter state community band.

  • James

    James "Mitch" Gerth Funeral Director and Embalmer

    James “Mitch” Gerth, graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and The University of Tennessee, where he majored in Biology and minored in Chemistry in 1973. He has served families in many different capacities and in many different locations throughout his career. Mitch has been married to the love of his life for 43 years, and has three wonderful children. Mitch is especially proud of his 4 grandchildren!

  • Larry  Stubbefield

    Larry Stubbefield Funeral Director and Embalmer

    Larry J. Stubblefield is one of three generations of Funeral Directors. He along with his father and grandfather were previous owners of Stubblefield Funeral Home. He graduated in 1972 from Jefferson State in Louisville, KY, and also attended College at Carson Newman. Larry is an Air Force Veteran. He is married to his lovely wife Kim. He is father to two daughters, six grandchildren, and most recently one great-grandson!

  • Patricia  Hensley

    Patricia Hensley Apprentice Funeral Director & Apprentice Embalmer

    Patricia grew up in Thornhill, TN and went to Grainger County Schools where she received her High School Diploma in 2019. Patricia began her higher education in nursing school, and she promptly received her Certified Nursing Assistant License. Patricia soon found her passion for Mortuary science and caring for families during their time of need. She is currently enrolled at John A Gupton College where she will graduate with her Associates Arts Degree in Mortuary Science in January 2023. Patricia enjoys spending time with her family and attending church at Freedom Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.

  • Erin  Mayes

    Erin Mayes Administrative Assistant

  • Tim  Veal

    Tim Veal Funeral Assistant