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

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.

Tracy Mayes- Summers

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

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 of the Nashville area for several years, she has the privilege to serve families of her hometown. Margo is an animal lover, and avid adventurist.


Teresa "Terri" Mayes, Pre-Need Specialist

Terri is is the first born daughter of Buddy & the late Donna Mayes.

Rev. Tom  Wells

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.