Berry Funeral Home

3704 Chapman Highway Knoxville, TN 37920


  • Fred O Berry III

    Managing Director

    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

    General Manager

    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

    Funeral Director

    Archie Thomas Buchanan is the location manager for Berry Funeral Home in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he has served since 1997. Archie's original career path was 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 since the 1970s and has 3 children, 4 grandsons and 1 great-grandson. He also has a precious and beloved dog named Baxter. In his free time Archie loves to ride his bicycle and encourages others to bike for their health.

  • Ronna Esther Manis

    Funeral Director

  • Pat Elaine Bush

    Funeral Director

    Patricia has served families in the Knoxville market since 1992. She began by helping families with pre-arrangements, serving as the department manager for 10 years, before becoming a funeral director. In 2015 Patricia retired as the location manager of Sherwood Chapel and Memorial Gardens and now serves many Knoxville locations as a part-time funeral director, enjoying her service to community families.

  • Tom W King

    Funeral Director

    Since 2000 Thomas King has been serving families in the Knoxville area. Tom grew up in South Knoxville and graduated from Young High School in 1970. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Tennessee Knoxville in 1978 and Master of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky, in 1981.

    Tom began his funeral career on a part-time basis in February 1995. He became full-time in February 1998 and entered the funeral director apprentice program at the same time. He became a licensed funeral director in 2000 and was promoted to his current position of assistant location manager at Berry Funeral Home in 2002.

    Tom says, “My greatest satisfaction is bringing comfort to families during the most difficult time in their life: the loss of a loved one. I take my responsibility to the family during the planning stages and carrying out of the services as my ministry to those families.”

    Married since the early 1970s, Tom resides in the South Knoxville community with his wife and loves spending time with his 3 grandchildren.