Fred Berry, president of Berry Funeral Home and the Knoxville market director, is a fourth-generation funeral director, serving the Knoxville community since the early 1980s. After graduating from Doyle High School, Fred received a Bachelor of Arts degree in business from the University of Tennessee and an associate degree from John A. Gupton Mortuary College in Nashville.
Fred is a member of Northstar Church - South Campus and enjoys serving his community through the Kiwanis Club of Knoxville, where he has served as key club advisor and on the board of directors. He served several years on the Knoxville Metropolitan Planning Commission, both as a commissioner and chairman. Currently Fred serves on the Governmental Affairs Committee for both the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association and the Cemetery Association of Tennessee. He also serves on the Knoxville Center of the Deaf board of directors.
Fred has been married since 1987 and he and his wife have three sons and two daughters-in-law. In his spare time Fred loves to run, bike, garden and travel.
Jeffrey B Berry
Jeffrey is a fourth-generation funeral director and embalmer with a family history of funeral service spanning over a century. Jeff has served at Berry Funeral Home as a funeral director since 1987 and is currently serving the Knoxville market as general manager for Berry Funeral Home, Berry Highland South and Weaver Funeral Home. He is a 1991 graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a Bachelor of Science in business administration and a 1994 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Decatur, Georgia, with an Associate of Science in funeral service.
Since its beginning in 2011, Jeff has served as chairman for the Knoxville's Dignity Memorial® Homeless Veteran Burial Program, which has served over 50 homeless veterans. Jeff is a trainer in the Knoxville market for interment verification and is also certified by the Hospice Foundation of America to instruct two continuing education unit classes on customs, rituals and demystifying the funeral experience.
His community involvement includes serving as a board member of the East Tennessee Veterans Memorial Association, a member of the East Tennessee Military Affairs Council and has researched, collected and submitted photos of East Tennessee Vietnam soldiers memorialized on the Vietnam Veterans Wall in Washington, D.C. Jeff is active at his alma mater, South Doyle High School, where he has organized workdays since 2005 to improve the school grounds. He has been awarded certificates of recognition from the American Legion and the Scottish American Military Society for his work with the veteran's community in Knoxville.
Archie Thomas Buchanan
Archie Thomas Buchanan is the Location Manager for Berry Funeral Home in Knoxville Tennessee. He has been with the funeral home since 1997. Archie began his career in the coal mines of Eastern and Western Kentucky and also Southern Illinois. After deciding to change careers, he graduated from Southern Illinois University Mortuary School and began his work as a funeral director and embalmer. Archie has been married to Mildred Jackson Buchanan for 45 years and has three children, Brian, Shawn and Melanie; 4 grandsons and 1 great grandson. He also has a precious dog named Baxter that is much beloved. In his free time, Archie loves to ride his bicycle and encourage others to bike for their health!
Jayme Lee Rich Beeler
Jayme began working in the funeral industry in Kentucky when she was only 16 years old. It was during this time she realized her lifelong pursuit would be to help families through the worst time of their lives.
Jayme carried this passion with her to Mid-America College of Funeral Service and throughout her career. After college, Jayme served her apprenticeship in Crossville, Tennessee, where she lived in the funeral home. In early 1998, Jayme was transferred to Knoxville and is now the location manager at Berry Highland Memorial. She continues to assist families every day and believes in a family centered approach. She is a duel licensed funeral director and embalmer, but her passion is still helping "her families". Jayme transforms her location into whatever meets the needs and wishes of the families she serves. She is the first to say, this is not just a job or even a passion; it's a ministry.
Jayme is married to Danny Beeler and has 3 stepdaughters Leigha, Lori and Leslie, 5 grandchildren and 2 nieces.
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