Memphis Funeral Home

5599 Poplar Ave Memphis, TN


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    Lee T Murphy

    Managing Director

    A native of Arkansas, Lee moved to the Memphis area in 1998 to attend mortuary school at Northwest Mississippi Community College. He began his funeral service career that same year and has served as an embalmer, funeral director, operations manager, location manager, and general manager. He is now director for the Memphis market.

    Invested in the future of funeral service, Lee sits on the funeral service program advisory committee at his alma mater and is our company’s scholarship ambassador at the school. He is part of the annual ICCFA University Cremation College held in Memphis each summer.

    Lee is an active member of Minor Memorial United Methodist Church, where he sings in the choir and serves on several committees. Lee and his wife live in Desoto County, Mississippi. They have 2 children.

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    Corey S Hague


    Corey is a native Michigander who began his career with Memphis Funeral Home in 1998. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Tennessee and Mississippi. He obtained his degree in business management from Ferris State University and in mortuary science from Northwest Mississippi Community College.

    Currently serving as a managing director, if you ask Corey to describe his job, he will answer, “To make everyone feel like they are important: from my personal family, to my family here at the funeral home and each guest who graces our doors.”

    Corey lives in Olive Branch, Mississippi, with his wife, sons and grandchildren.

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    Gary W Taylor

    General Manager

    Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Gary has been in funeral service for more than 2 decades, serving in many capacities. He is a graduate of Bartlett High School, Northwest Mississippi Community College and Freed-Hardeman University.

    Gary is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in both Tennessee and Mississippi, and he serves as the general manager of Brantley Funeral Home. His main focus is to ensure each family receives personal, caring service. He says, “Every life is unique and should be remembered and celebrated in an equally unique way. My role is to listen intently to everything a family says about their loved one and their specific needs. By listening, I will be able to assist them in determining their needs and make suggestions that will accomplish their desires and exceed their expectations.”

    Gary lives in Collierville, Tennessee, with his wife and children. He is a member of the East Shelby Church of Christ.

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    Randy Hargis

    Funeral Director

    Randy grew up in the a small West Tennessee community of Camden. He has been in funeral service since 2007. He graduated from Northwest College in Southaven and is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Tennessee. Randy makes his home in Mississippi with his wife and daughter.

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    Everette C Daves

    Funeral Director

    A native of Batesville, Mississippi, Everette, known by most as E.C., moved to Dallas in 1969 to attend the Dallas Institute of Funeral Services, where he met his wife. Following his graduation, the two moved to the Memphis area where E.C. began serving families. A licensed funeral director and embalmer in both Tennessee and Mississippi, he currently serves as a senior funeral director on our team and was instrumental, as past president, in the growth of our group from 2 funeral homes to our current 5 funeral homes and 2 cemeteries. Currently residing in Germantown, E.C. is a longtime member of Central Church in Collierville and is active in several local chambers of commerce.

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    Jonathan H Matthews

    Community Development

    As a funeral celebrant Jonathan helps families design and host personalized tributes and celebrations of life. He believes every life has a story and strives to make every service meaningful and memorable.

    Jonathan is a licensed funeral director in Tennessee and Mississippi. He first entered funeral service in 1986. He received his mortuary science degree from John A. Gupton College in Nashville and also holds a bachelor’s in communications from Freed-Hardeman University, a master’s in Biblical studies from Lipscomb University, and a juris doctorate from the University of Dayton School of Law.

    In addition to his work at the funeral home, Jonathan serves as minister of music and worship of Redeemer Evangelical Church in Collierville. In his spare time, he enjoys singing in a gospel quartet and providing musical programs to churches, senior citizen gatherings and nursing homes. A native of Ripley, Tennessee, Jonathan now lives in East Memphis.

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    Paul B Mccarver

    Community DevelopmentFuneral Director

    At the early age of 15, Paul began helping the owner of a funeral home in Ecru, Mississippi. It was there he realized his calling in life was to be a funeral director and embalmer. Since joining Memphis Funeral Home in 1959, Paul has faithfully served the Memphis and Mid-South communities. He has been pivotal in the development and growth of Memphis Funeral Home, with his main focus on providing unsurpassed service to our client families. To this day, Paul continues to maintain the same steadfast desire to care for others in their time of need. (Paul is not currently licensed to make funeral arrangements, do embalming or conduct funerals in Tennessee.)