Weaver Funeral Home

5815 Western Ave Knoxville, TN

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    Fred O Berry

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Rebecca S Dahl

    Funeral Director

    Rebecca began serving families in Knoxville at McCarty Mortuary in 1985 and transitioned in 1993 to Weaver Funeral Home, where she currently serves as funeral director and location manager. She loves working with families to help them through the most difficult time of their lives.

    Rebecca was born in the Solway Community in Knoxville and since 1981 has lived in the Karns Community. She has 2 children and 3 grandchildren. Rebecca's favorite pastime is spending time with her grandchildren.

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    Jayme Lee Rich Beeler

    Funeral Director

    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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    Rebecca F Stover

    Funeral Director

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    Grady T Rich

    Funeral Director

    Grady has been in the funeral business since 1992. He is a graduate of John A. Gupton Mortuary College in Nashville, Tennessee, and a graduate of Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville. He has worked at Weaver Funeral Home since 2007, where he is a great asset. He is very compassionate and enjoys working with families and helping them through a most difficult time. Grady is an Eagle Scout and has worked several years at summer camps. One of his favorite pastimes is woodworking.