Dennis Hamilton was born and raised in Marshall County, TN. He graduated from Marshall County High School in 1971, attended Columbia State Community College and graduated from John A. Gupton Mortuary College in 1974. He served as Funeral Director and Embalmer in the Memphis area from 1974 until 2014. Hamilton served as President of the Tennessee State Regulatory Board in 2010. He is presently a board member of the Shelby County Law Enforcement Foundation and serves on the advisory board of Mid-South Transplant Foundation. Dennis serves as the Funeral Home Liaison for the Tennessee Donor Services, the largest organ and tissue procurement organization in Tennessee. He is an active advocate for the Gifts of Life, www.donatelife.net.
Hamilton stated “I have always dreamed of coming back home and serving. It took me 40 years, but I am excited to finally be here. I look forward to becoming part of Marshall County once again.” He is the son of Duke and Billie Hamilton of the Mooresville community. In his free time, he enjoys working on the farm with his cattle and horses along with attending his granddaughter’s volleyball games.
Chris brings more than 30 years of funeral service experience to Marshall County. He began his career in funeral service in 1984 at the age of 15. A 1990 graduate of Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham, AL where he received an Associate’s Degree in Funeral Service Education. He also graduated from Union University in Jackson, TN with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership and Business Management. He served as adjunct faculty member and clinical instructor for John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science in Nashville. In addition to being a dually licensed funeral director and embalmer, Chris is a Registered Nurse and Emergency Medical Technician, a graduate of Tennessee State University in Nashville and University of Alabama at Birmingham. He was the first Program Director for Air Evac 9 in Lewisburg and instrumental in establishing the first air medical transport service in Marshall County in 1999. He is a member of the Church of Christ.
Patricia (Pat) Taylor*
Patricia (Pat) Taylor is a Lewisburg, TN native and a graduate
of the Marshall County High School.She
is a member of the Richland Cumberland Presbyterian Church and an active member
of the Sewing Seeds Ministry.Pat was
married to the late John D. Taylor of the Laws Hill Community.She has a background in customer service from
her years as a cosmetologist and previous owner of Startec Satellite.She is a licensed Cosmetologist and
Cosmetology Instructor. Her hobbies are reading, needlework, and caring for her
Duke Hamilton moved from Kentucky to Mooresville, TN when he
was four years old and has never left Mooresville.He has been married to Billie Helton Hamilton
for sixty-five years, rearing six children, Dennis, Sharon (DeeDee) Wiegand
(Tom), Tammy McCullough (John), Phillip, who is the Service Director for
Memorial Park Funeral Home in Memphis, Lori Osborne (Ted) and Tracy, whom they
lost in 1991.He has eleven
grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.He attends Friendship Baptist Church.Duke served in the Army during the Korean War from 1953 until 1955 and
was in the reserves until 1961.He owned
Hamilton Dirt and Rock for many years and also farmed most of his life.Duke’s only hobby is “working at anything” .
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Billie Hamilton has lived in Marshall County her entire
life, graduating from Marshall County High School in 1952.She has been married to Duke Hamilton for
sixty-five years, rearing six children, Dennis, Sharon (DeeDee) Wiegand (Tom), Tammy McCullough (John), Phillip, who is the
Service Director for Memorial Park Funeral Home in Memphis, TN, Lori Osborne
(Ted), and Tracy, whom they lost in 1991.She has eleven grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.Billie attends Friendship Baptist
Church.Her favorite jobs were in sales at
Gladys and Jane’s and being the manager of Cato’s many years ago.She also worked many years for Cosmolab.She’s most proud of raising her children and
being a partner with Duke throughout their lives.Her hobbies are writing poetry and solving
Sharon (DeeDee) Wiegand*
Sharon “Dee Dee” Wiegand has lived in Marshall County all of
her life.DeeDee has worked in the
funeral industry serving families for over twenty years.She is married to Tom Wiegand.They have three sons, Maury D. (Karen) Wood,
Sean (Sarah) Wood, and Andrew (Erin) Wood along with fourteen
grandchildren.She is the pianist at the
First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Lewisburg.In her spare time, she loves to share her
love of music, sewing, embroidering, and spending time with her family.
Tammy McCullough has over three decades of experience in
marketing and customer service, most recently serving as the Vice-President of
Marketing at First Commerce Bank before retiring.As a lifelong resident of Marshall County,
she brings her love and knowledge of our local community with her every day as
she works with families.Tammy resides
in Lewisburg with her husband of 34 years, John, and they have four adult
children.When not working, she enjoys
traveling to visit her children, cooking, and honing her new baking skills.
Lori Osborne is a native of Lewisburg, TN and has been
married to Ted Osborne for over 32 years. She works in the nursery at First
Baptist Church and partners with her husband operating Osborne Lawn Care. They
have three children and two grandchildren. After losing their son to SIDS, Lori
became involved in The Compassionate Friends Nashville Chapter, where she
assisted families in handling the grief following the death of their baby to
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Her interests include gardening and cooking but
her favorite is spending time with her granddaughters.