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.
Rex and Helen Jeffers founded Jeffers Mortuary in October of 1959 in the old Allen Home at the corner of College and Church Street, where Town Hall stands today. Rex purchased the present day funeral home at an auction in 1962. The building was finished in 1890 by M. P. Reeve, and had two private owners. The city of Greeneville purchased the home and built additions on to the original home for a school named Eastside, which was a school for 30 years. It was also a teen recreation center, golden gloves boxing, and many other things. The building was empty for some time and the city condemned the building. After Rex purchased the property, it took 26 months to restore the home into the present day funeral home.Jeffers Mortuary held its open house on September 19th and 20th of 1964. Rex ran the business with the help of his wife, Helen, who did the bookkeeping and secretary work when she wasn't teaching school for 30 years. Rex and Helen lived upstairs at the funeral home for 28 years with their two children, Richard and Sharon.
The Jeffers Family has been in Greene County for over 200 years. They are from Baileyton, TN, when it was called Laurel Gap. Rex's father, Dr. Ed Jeffers, and grandfather, Dr. Lowery Jeffers, were country doctors in the Baileyton and Rheatown areas. They served the people of Greene County as the current generation of Jeffers serves their families who trust them with their loved one's funeral services.
Rex passed away in July of 2015 at 98 years old. He still came in to the funeral home on accasion to make sure everything was to his specifications well in to his 90's. He worked his last funeral 3 weeks prior to his death. His son, grandson, and great grandson were also on the funeral making 4 generations of Jeffers at work that day. The day to day operations have been handed over to his only son Richard Jeffers, with Rex's grandson, Justin Jeffers, who is Richard's youngest son, assisting the day to day operation. Jeffers Mortuary has always been a family business, and will stay that way for many years to come.
Our Valued Staff
Rex B. Jeffers, Founder 1917 - 2015
Rex Jeffers graduated from Chuckey High School in 1937. He received his funeral directing and embalming license from Gupton Jones College of Mortuary Science in 1939. Mr. Jeffers is a former board member of the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association. He is a member of the Shriners, Scottish Right, Masons, and the Kiwanis Club. He and Helen are members at Trinity United Methodist Church and have two children, Richard and Sharon, six grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren.
Richard Jeffers, Owner/Manager
Richard Jeffers graduated from Greeneville High School in 1963. He received his funeral directing and embalming license from John A. Gupton Mortuary Science School in 1965. Mr. Jeffers is past president of the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association, the Greene County Fair Board, the Greeneville/Greene County Chamber of Commerce, the Tennessee Monument Builders, the YMCA board, the Optimist Club, and is a member of the Exchange Club and the Cemetery Association of Tennessee. He and his wife Sharon are members of Asbury United Methodist Church , live in the Glendale Community, and have four sons, Brian, Dan, Neil, and Justin. They also have six grandchildren.
Justin Jeffers, Funeral Director/Embalmer
Justin Jeffers is a 2000 graduate of Greeneville High School and a 2004 graduate of Tusculum College where he earned his degree in Business Administration and was an All South Atlantic Conference performer on Tusculum's golf team. He received his funeral directing and embalming license in 2007 after graduating from John A. Gupton College. He is a Mason and member of The Greeneville Kiwanis Club. He has one daughter named Addison. He is a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church and lives in Greeneville.
Sharon Jeffers Hill, Secretary Emeritus
Sharon Hill is a 1966 graduate of Greeneville High School. She is a member of the Andrew Johnson Club, the West Side Garden Club, Daughters of the American Revolution, and a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Sharon and her husband Warren are owners of Tree Haven Bonsai and live off the Newport Highway. Sharon officially retired in November 2012 to care for Rex and Helen but is still a key part of our family funeral home.
Matthew Hensley, Funeral Director/Embalmer
Matthew Hensley is a 2005 graduate of Greeneville High School. He received his funeral directing and embalming license in 2007 after graduating from John A. Gupton College in Nashville. He is a member and past president of the Greeneville Morning Rotary. He is also an antique car collector. Mr. Hensley is a member of Oak Grove Free Will Baptist Church and lives in Tusculum.
Janie Hicks, Funeral Director/Family Care Representative
Janie Hicks is a 1992 Chuckey Doak Graduate. Mrs. Hicks started with Jeffers Funeral Service 2001. She received her insurance (preneed license) 2003 and added her funeral directing license in 2005. Janie is aCertified Crematory Operator designated by the National Funeral Directors Association. She lives in the Leesburg community with her husband Tim and 2 children Faith and Jacob.
John A. Myers, Licensed Embalmer
John is a 2010 graduate of West Greene High School. He graduate Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta in 2012. He is a life long resident of Mosheim, TN. He is a member of Brown Springs Baptist Church.
Brandy Partin, Accounting
Brandy is a 2000 graduate of Chuckey Doak High School and a 2005 graduate of Tusculum College with a BA in Business and Accounting. She joined the Jeffers staff in 2010 after several years experience in the accounting field. She lives in Tusculum.
Andy Davis, Assistant
Andy Davis joined the funeral home staff in 2013 after serving the cemetery maintenance crew for 3 years. Andy is a 2003 graduate of Pope High School in Marietta, GA. He also graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2008 with a degree in agriculture. Andy grew up in the Tennessee Walking Horse industry and now makes his home in Baileyton.
Ray Shelton, Funeral Assistant
Starr Ottinger, Secretary
Starr is a 1980 graduate of Greeneville High School. She earned her Associates Degree from Walter State Community College in 1982. She and her husband Mark have a son Daniel and Daughter in Law April. They live in Greeneville and are members of Towering Oaks Baptist Church.