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.
James (Jimmy) E. Davis, Jr.
Jimmy is a 2002 graduate of John A. Gupton College in Nashville, TN. He joined the Bills McGaugh family as a full time Funeral Director & Embalmer in 2006. Jimmy is a certified crematory operator, licensed life, health, property and casualty insurance agent and preneed consultant. He is an integral part of the Bills McGaugh Family, and Marshall County.
Jimmy and his wife, Jennifer have a son, Nicholas.
Patricia (Pat) Taylor*
Patricia (Pat) Taylor is the newest member of the Bills-McGaugh staff. She is a Marshall County native and a 1973 graduate of Marshall County Senior High School. She is a member of the Richland Cumberland Presbyterian Church and was married to the late John D. Taylor of the Laws Hill Community. Pat is a licensed Cosmetologist and Cosmetology Instructor. Her hobbies include reading, needlework, and caring for her goats. She brings with her many years of customer service.
Brenda McConnell Hasting*
Brenda McConnell Hasting joined our staff on a part time basis in 2014. Brenda is a 1965 graduate of Cornersville High School and later attended MTSU in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Brenda pursued a career in banking until 1990 after which she went into retail until her retirement from WalMart in 2009. She and her husband Billy have been enjoying traveling to Florida where their daughter and granddaughters live. They love spending time at the river. Brenda is a member of Cornersville First Baptist Church where she serves as the church clerk and sings in the choir.
Mr. Jerry T. Tate became associated with Bills McGaugh Funeral Home in 2004. He is a native of Marshall County and a graduate from Cornersville High School in 1962. He retired from Inter-City Corporation in 2003 with over forty years of service. He is a member of the Richland Cumberland Presbyterian Church in the Springplace Community where he serves as an elder. His hobbies include woodworking, small engine repair, meeting and greeting people. He is married to the former Elaine Davis. They have two daughters and a son, three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Bryan Storey became associated with Bills-McGaugh in March of 2013. He is a life long resident of Lewisburg and a Marshall County Senior High School graduate. Bryan is of the Baptist faith. He enjoys watching Nascar racing, is a big Titans football fan, and enjoys playing sport video games.
William H. " Billy" Hasting, Jr.
William H. " Billy" Hasting, Jr. joined our staff in 2014 as a funeral director. He has been associated with the funeral business part time and full time since graduating high school at Cornersville in 1963. He attended Columbia State and John A. Gupton Mortuary College in Nashville. Billy has been married to the former Brenda McConnell since 1966 and they have been blessed with a son Bill, who passed away in 2004, a daughter, Belinda and two granddaughters who reside in Florida. Billy is a member of Cornersville First Baptist Church where Billy serves as a deacon. Billy is a licensed funeral director.