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.
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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.
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.
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.
Funeral Director and Embalmer Apprentice
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 University. Briana was born into a military family and holds dual citizenship with Germany. She has one son named Wayne who keeps her very busy! She is currently serving her funeral director and embalmer apprenticeships here at Lane South Crest and finished mortuary school at Jefferson State Community College. Briana is also one of our certified crematory operators. We are truly honored to have her as a member of our Lane family!
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.
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 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 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.
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 has been affiliated with Lane Funeral Home since 1999. She has been married to Royce Daniel Lawrence for over 50 years, and is of the Nazarene faith. 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, six grandsons, and eight great-grandchildren.
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.
In Loving Memory
1935 - 2020
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.
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 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.
Ambassador/Funeral Assistant/Pastoral Care
In Loving Memory
1935 - 2016
In Loving Memory
June 19, 1938 - June 2, 2014
Lynda was born and raised in Catoosa County and graduated from Ringgold High School. She and her husband Jack have been married for 54 wonderful years and have two daughters, five grandchildren, and one great granddaughter. Lynda has been part of the Lane family since 1978 and continues to assist families in any way she can.
In Loving Memory
1946 - 2018
Kristen joined the Lane family in December 2018 after working in the Hospice field for several years. She graduated from Gordon Lee High School and is married to Jeremy Born. They have three wonderful boys that keep them occupied. Kristen is also a member of the local Jeep club and participates in many local charity fundraising events with her Jeep "Mikey." She is patient and understanding and is an asset to the Lane team.