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Lane Funeral Home - South Crest Chapel in Rossville, GA

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.

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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.


Briana Mares

Briana Mares

Funeral Director and Embalmer

Briana has been a member of the Lane-South Crest Chapel staff since 2013 and is such a great asset in all departments. She started here at Lane as a weekend secretary and is now a Funeral Director. Briana was a 2008 graduate of Lakeview-Ft. Oglethorpe High School and received her A.S. degree from Young Harris College, B.S. degree in Business Management from North Georgia University, and A.S. in Mortuary Science from Jefferson State. Briana was born into a military family and has lived in many different places in the US as well as abroad. She has one son named Wayne who keeps her very busy and is a current funeral director, embalmer, and crematory operator here at Lane South Crest. We are truly honored to have her as a member of our Lane family!

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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.

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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.


Frankie McDonald Long

Frankie McDonald Long

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 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

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.


James H. Buckner

James H. Buckner

Organist/Sound Technician

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.


Lynda Cooper

Lynda Cooper

Administrative Assistant

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.


Kristen Underwood-Born

Kristen Underwood-Born

Office Coordinator

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.

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Dewane Tankersley

Dewane Tankersley

Pre-Arrangement Counselor



Jim Reed

Jim Reed

Funeral Assistant/Ambassador



Chris Hays

Chris Hays

Funeral Assistant/Ambassador



Becky White

Becky White

Administrative Assistant



Darin Kelley

Darin Kelley

Administrator/Funeral Assistant/Crematory Operator


Telephone: 1-706-866-5151


J. Shane DeLong

J. Shane DeLong

Funeral Director and Embalmer


Telephone: 1-706-866-5151


Rickey Erwin

Rickey Erwin

Ambassador



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833 Chickamauga Avenue
| Rossville, GA 30741
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