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Meet Our Staff

Our staff provides excellent funeral planning services.

We have years of experience caring for families from all walks of life, cultures and faiths. Our unsurpassed staff and our family provide kind, caring, professional service. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession who are dedicated to excellence in service, adhere to the highest funeral industry standards, and have exceptional integrity. We consistently earn phenomenally high customer satisfaction survey results.

Our licensed, professional staff is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 706-866-5151 anytime. We will even come to you to make arrangements in the comfort of your home.

Prompt, compassionate service is always just a phone call away, where and when you need it.


Jason W. Cox

Jason W. Cox

Managing Partner

Jason Cox is a native of Memphis, Tennessee and is the son of Rev. David and Lindy Cox. In 1982, Jason moved to Chattanooga, where he attended Tennessee-Temple Elementary School while his dad attended the Seminary. In 1988, the Cox family moved to Chatsworth, Georgia, where Jason's dad accepted a pastoral job. Jason graduated from Murray County High School in 1994 and went on to attend Dalton State College and Kennesaw State College before graduating from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in 1998 with an Associate's Degree in Mortuary Science; he was selected into the Pi Simga Eta Honor Fraternity of Funeral Service. Joining Lane Funeral Home-South Crest Chapel in 2001, Jason has been in the funeral industry since 1996 and is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in the state of Georgia and Tennessee. Jason is a certified crematory operator through C.A.N.A. He is active in our community as president of the Rossville Lions Club, the Walker & Catoosa County Chambers of Commerce and serves on the general board and executive board of the Walker County Chamber of Commerce. He also works closely with the Partnership with Education in local schools. In his spare time, Jason enjoys hunting, fishing and participating in other outdoor activities. He is married to Maryia, and they reside in the Rock Spring Community and are members of Burning Bush Baptist Church. Jason and Maryia welcomed their first child, Ryan Alexander, on August 2, 2010.

Ed 'Butch' Williamson

Ed 'Butch' Williamson

Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

Ed "Butch" Williamson is a native of Lansing, Michigan where he graduated from Eastern High School. He has lived in the Chattanooga and North Georgia area for the past 42 years and has been associated with Lane Funeral Home South Crest Chapel for over 25 years. Ed is married to Joye Rowland Williamson, and they have three children and seven grandchildren. He is a 1965 graduate of John A. Gupton College, a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in the state of Georgia and Tennessee and a certified crematory operator through C.A.N.A. Ed is a veteran of the Vietnam War serving in the U.S. Army from 1967-1968 and received the Bronze Star Medal with V Device. He is a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #203 and the American Legion Post #95. Ed has been very active in the community and is a member of the Rossville Exchange Club, Hamilton County Sertoma Club and the Chamber of Commerce in Hamilton, Walker and Catoosa County. In 2008, he was honored as the Catoosa County "Patriotic Citizen of the Year." In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf and walking.

David Altum

David Altum

Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

David is a graduate of Gethsemane Christian Academy and Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service and has been in the funeral service industry for 35 years. He is married to Heidi Pepple Altum and has one son, Daniel Hai Altum. David plans to attend Faith Bible Institute in 2017 and is currently attending Frawley Road Baptist Church. In his spare time, David enjoys riding his motorcycle and spending time with family.

Craig Westbrook

Craig Westbrook

Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

Craig is a native of Rock Spring, Georgia. He is a 1996 graduate of LaFayette High School. From 1999 through 2003, Craig served as an Emergency Medical Technician with Hutcheson Medical Center, Angel EMS and Chattooga County EMS. He also served with Walker County Fire/Rescue as a Firefighter/EMT from 1995 until 2003. Craig has been an ordained Baptist minister since 2002 and is the former pastor of Mt. Hermon Baptist Church of Chickamauga. Craig has been married to his wife, Wendy, since 2003, and they have one son, Joel. Craig loves spending time with his family, playing Bluegrass Gospel Music and studying the Civil War history of the South. Craig and Wendy are 2016 graduates of Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham Alabama, where they received their Associate Degrees in Funeral Service Education, and are licensed Funeral Directors and Embalmers in Georgia and Tennessee. They are also Certified Crematory Operators through the National Funeral Directors Association. We are privileged to have Craig and Wendy as part of the Lane Funeral Home family. Craig is a licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer in Georgia and Tennessee.

Wendy Westbrook

Wendy Westbrook

Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

Wendy was born and raised in Chickamauga, Georgia.  She graduated from LaFayette High School in 2000 and from Jacksonville State University in 2002 with a Bachelors degree in Sociology.  Wendy has served the community in various roles throughout the years; volunteering as a Firefighter/EMT-B for Walker County Emergency Services, Walker County Sheriff's office and Walker County Board of Education.  She also worked with children in foster care at the Cottage and was director of supervised visitation at Four Points, Inc. in LaFayette.  She married Craig in 2003 and they welcomed a son, Joel, in 2006.  Wendy is a senior director with Thirty-One Gifts and enjoys trying new activities with her family.  In 2016, Craig and Wendy graduated from Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham, Alabama with an Associates Degree in Funeral Service Education. They are licensed funeral directors and embalmers in Georgia and Tennessee, as well as Certified Crematory Operators through the National Funeral Director's Association.  Wendy and Craig consider it a privilege to serve families and we are glad to have a husband and wife team as part of our Lane Funeral Home family.


Bruce E. Bowden

Bruce E. Bowden

Funeral Director Apprentice

Bruce Bowden is a native and lifelong resident of Lookout Mountain, Georgia and was a graduate of Northwest Georgia High School in 1981. He attended Chattanooga State Technical Community College and spent several years as a broadcaster on radio stations in Chattanooga before he began his funeral service career in 1990. Bruce graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in 1994 and has been with Lane Funeral Home South Crest Chapel since 1997. He serves as pianist for the Gospel Singing Higdon Family and can be heard performing at many churches throughout the area. Bruce is a member of the Chamber of Commerce in Hamilton, Walker and Catoosa County.  He is married to Tolitha Higdon Bowden and has two children, Bridgette Tinker and Nick Bowden, and two granddaughters, Makena and Presley Tinker.

Briana Hash

Briana Hash

Administrative Assistant

Briana has been a member of the Lane-South Crest Chapel staff since 2013 and is such a great asset in all departments. She is most likely the first person to speak with you if you call the funeral home and keeps the office running smoothly. Briana was a 2008 graduate of Lakeview-Ft. Oglethorpe High School and received her A.S. degree from Young Harris College and B.S. degree in Business Management from North Georgia College & State University. Briana was born into a military family and holds dual citizenship with Germany. She is married to Corey Hash and recently became a "mommy" to her son, Wayne. We are truly honored to have her as a member of our Lane family!funeral home and keeps the office running


Susan Dodd-Tankersley

Susan Dodd-Tankersley

Marketing/Public Relations/Pre-Need Counselor

Susan Dodd-Tankersley is a native and lifelong resident of North Georgia. She joined Lane Funeral Home-South Crest Chapel as the marketing director in 2005. Susan is no stranger to people in the Chattanooga and North Georgia community, with over 20 years experience in public relations, media sales and management. She is a member of Fairview Baptist Church and is thankful to God for ability to be very active in the community. Susan is an ambassador and member of the Chamber of Commerce in Catoosa County, board member with the Walker County Chamber of Commerce, and member of the Battlefield Civitan Club, Partnership for Education, and the Ronald McDonald House. She was the recipient of the Civitan of the Year Award in 2008 and 2009 and was recently recognized as the 2009 Woman of Achievement Award recipient by the Rossville Business & Professional Women's Club. In 2008, she was recognized as the Walker County Patriot of the Year. Susan is a graduate of Rossville High School and Edmondson Business College. She and her husband Dewane live in Flintstone and have two sons, Jeremy and Jay-Scott, and two granddaughters.

Don Hopkins

Don Hopkins

Family Service Counselor/Licensed Insurance Agent

Don has been affiliated with Lane Funeral Home for the past 13 years, serving as a certified pre-arrangement counselor. With his 33 years of experience in the funeral and insurance industries, Don has assisted hundreds of families in planning their life celebration. He and his wife of 20 years, Molly, are members of Hickory Valley Christian Church. He is active in the Kairus Prison Ministries at the Walker State Prison, the Chattanooga Coalition Against Human Trafficking, Passion Conferences in Atlanta, Georgia, and Duoloyi Missions in Jamaica, West Indies. He and Molly make their home in Chattanooga.

J.W. Kirk

J.W. Kirk

Ambassador/Funeral Assistant

J.W. Kirk is a native of Stevenson, Alabama and lives in Ft. Oglethorpe with his wife Joy. He has been with Lane Funeral Home-South Crest Chapel for 6 years. J.W. is a member of Parkway Baptist Temple in Ft. Oglethorpe where is a choir member and serves on the sound team. He has four children, Teresa, Garry, Kevin and Renee and five grandchildren. J.W. formerly worked with Western Union and retired from Greyhound, where he served as a bus driver. He belongs to the Greyhound Retirees and Western Union Retirees. He enjoys barbershop singing and is a member of the Chattanooga Choo-Choo Barbershop Chorus along with the Georgia Cattlemen's Association.

Dean Gayton

Dean Gayton

Ambassador/Funeral Assistant

Dean Gayton is a native and lifelong resident of the Rossville area and was a graduate of Rossville High School in 1967. He was the owner of American Home Guard and was employed as a salesman for Newton Chevrolet. Dean is a member of Fairview Baptist Church and is married to the former Peggy Lambert, and they have two children and two grandchildren. Dean joined the Navy Reserve during the Vietnam Conflict and served on the William C. Lowe DD763. Dean joined the Staff at Lane-South Crest Chapel in October 2008. In his spare time, he enjoys his garden and koi pond and riding his 1300 cc Motorcycle. He holds memberships with the Vietnam Veterans of America #203 and the Sports Car Club of America.

Billie J. Riddle

Billie J. Riddle

Ambassador/Attendant

Billie Riddle is a lifelong resident of North Georgia. She was married to the love of her life, Clarence Riddle, for 50 years. She has two sons, Jimmy and Eddie, six grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. Billie enjoys spending time with her family and friends with fun games and a good cup of coffee. She was employed with Tupperware Home Parties for 31 years and holds records for the volumes of Tupperware sold. She retired in 1999. Billie loves being busy and working with the public and became a member of the staff at Lane-South Crest in June, 2008. She attends Del Ray Baptist Church and enjoys sewing and crocheting in her spare time.

Bob McKay

Bob McKay

Funeral Assistant/Ambassador

Bob is no stranger to the Rossville area. A native and lifelong resident of the Rossville and Ft. Oglethorpe area, Bob was a graduate of Rossville High School and attended East Tennessee State University. He and his wife Frankie McDonald McKay have been married for 51 years and have two children, Rev. Luke (Lisa) McKay and Laura Beth (T.J.) Newsom; five grandsons, Sawyer, Elijah, and Samuel McKay and Matthew and Micah Newsom; and one granddaughter, Sidney Grace McKay.

Bob retired from Caraustar Industries and is a member and deacon of Fairview Baptist Church in Rossville

Frankie  McDonald McKay

Frankie McDonald McKay

Funeral Assistant/Ambassador

Frankie is a lifelong resident of Rossville and Ft. Oglethorpe, was a graduate of Rossville High School, and is an active member of Fairview Baptist Church in Rossville. She and her husband, Bob, have been married for 51 years and have two children, Rev. Luke (Lisa) McKay and Laura Beth (T.J.) Newsom; three grandsons, Sawyer, Elijah, and Samuel McKay; and one granddaughter, Sidney Grace McKay. It is a pleasure having Frankie greeting our guests at Lane-South Crest.

Jan Lawrence

Jan Lawrence

Ambassador/Attendant

Jan Lawrence has been affiliated with Lane Funeral Home for more than 12 years. She has been married to Royce Daniel Lawrence for 46 years, and they attend Silverdale Baptist Church. Jan and Royce have four children, Lesa York, Tresa Brown, Tina Francis and Johnna Milsaps. Jan loves to cook, sing, and dance, but her greatest joy in life is her four granddaughters, five grandsons, and five great-granddaughters.

Doris Hasty

Doris Hasty

Ambassador/Funeral Assistant

Doris Hasty is no stranger to the Rossville area. For 30 years, she was the face you saw when your entered Rossville High/Middle School, having worked in the main office. She has been married to Gary Hasty for 54 years and is a member of Liberty Baptist Church, where she also sings in the choir. Doris graduated from Rossville High School in 1960 and was chosen Homecoming Queen her senior year. We are pleased to have Doris as a member of the Lane-South Crest staff.

Tom Campbell

Tom Campbell

Ambassador/Attendant

Tom Campbell joined the staff of Lane Funeral Home-South Crest Chapel in 1999. He is the former owner of Campbell's Restuarant in Rossville. Tom and his wife Shirley have a daughter, Tina, and are members of McFarland United Methodist Church. Tom is a past president of the Rossville Kiwanis Club and enjoys playing golf, bowling and spending time with his family and friends.

Frank Youngblood

Frank Youngblood

Ambassador/Funeral Assistant

Frank Youngblood has been with Lane Funeral Home South Crest Chapel since 1997. He is a lifelong resident of Rossville. He attended Rossville High School and McKenzie College and retired from Combustion Engineering after 36 years of service. Frank and his wife, Merrie Lynn, are members of Fairview Baptist Church, where he serves as trustee and deacon and is a member of the choir. He is past chancellor commander of Park Lodge #75 Knights of Pythias. Frank has two children, Dan and Rodney, and four grandchildren. Frank enjoys fishing, boating, golfing and traveling with family and friends.

DeWayne Morgan

DeWayne Morgan

Funeral Assistant/Ambassador

DeWayne is the newest member of the Lane Funeral Home family and is no stranger to people in the north Georgia area. He has worked in the funeral industry since 1969 and also served as Manager for area Red Food Stores in the 1980s. DeWayne also worked in real estate for a number of years and was the owner of Burning Bush Tuxedo in Ringgold. In addition to serving the families at Lane-South Crest Chapel, DeWayne also serves as a bailiff for the Catoosa County Sheriff's Office. He and his wife of 25 years, Yvonne, are residents of the Burning Bush Community and are members of Peavine Baptist Church.

James  H. Buckner

James H. Buckner

Organist

Jim is a native of Walker County, Georgia and attended Georgia secondary schools and the University of Chattanooga. He was employed by then Southern Bell in 1965 and left Chattanooga in 1973 for assignments in Memphis, Paris and Jackson, Tennessee. He worked briefly for New York Telephone in Ithaca, New York and for AT&T in Morristown, New Jersey.

Since moving back to the East Tennessee/North Georgia area in 1987, he has served in various civic efforts and been elected to top leadership positions in several community organizations, including United Way, American Heart Association and Junior Achievement. He chaired Walker County’s community leadership program for five years and was elected chairman of the Walker County Chamber of Commerce for 2001. Jim served as a trustee of the Cleveland State Community College Foundation and is a past director of then Northwestern Technical College in Walker County, Georgia. He is a graduate of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development. In January 2011, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal designated him as Lieutenant Colonel, Aide De Camp Governor's Staff.

Jim is a past president of the Rotary Club of Cleveland and served as District Governor of District 6780 of Rotary International for 2000-2001.

Jim and Pat have three children, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. They are members of the Chattanooga Valley Church of the Nazarene, where Jim serves as church board member and organist.

Martha Green

Martha Green

Organist

Martha Green is the widow of Lamar Green, a long time employee of Lane Funeral Home South Crest Chapel. She is a member of Burning Bush Baptist Church where she has served as organist for many years. She is a nurse currently working with Battlefield Elementary School. Martha has two sons, Marty and Michael, and four grandsons. She is involved with many civic activities throughout the area.

Rev. C.F. Strickland

Rev. C.F. Strickland

Ambassador/Funeral Assistant/Pastoral Care

In Loving Memory
1935 - 2016

Jack Williams

Jack Williams

In Loving Memory
June 19, 1938 - June 2, 2014

Lynda Cooper

Lynda Cooper

Administrative Assistant



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