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Dennis Jones, Jr.

Dennis Jones, Jr.

Owner/Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer

A Graduate of the Mid-America College of Funeral Service in Jeffersonville, Indiana, I have been a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer since 1988. I am the son of the late Dennis, Sr. and Kathryn (Peepsie) Jones, both Scott County natives. My father founded Jones & Son Funeral Home in Oneida, Tennessee in 1978 and later purchased West-Murley Funeral Home of Oneida, Tennessee in 2001. . We are proud supporters of Scott County and have been involved in many community events and charities.

I'm married to Jennifer Perryman Jones. We have one daughter, Sarah Hurst Byrd , four grandchildren, Gavin, Taylor, Emerson, and Kellan.  

We are members of New Haven Baptist Church in Oneida, Tennessee.

Telephone: 1-423-569-6353

Email: jonesandson@highland.net


Darek Wright

Darek Wright

Licensed Funeral Director

Darek is a licensed Funeral Director and has been with the funeral homes since 2004. Darek manages the West-Murley location.

He is a graduate of Oneida High School. 

Darek is married to Melisa Orick Wright and has one daughter, Mariana Grace. 

He is a member of the Pine Grove Baptist Church in Winfield, Tennessee.

Telephone: 1-423-569-8534

Email: jonesandson@highland.net


R. Thomas (Tom) Williams

R. Thomas (Tom) Williams

Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer

  • Graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science
  • Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
  • Attends Helenwood Baptist Church
  • Veteran of US Army
  • Member of American Legion (Oneida Post #136)
  • Master Mason, York Rite, Scottish Rite, Shriner
  • Board Certified through International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards
  • Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in North Carolina
  • Member of Pi Sigma Eta, National Morticians Fraternity
  • National Foundation of Funeral Service
  • Certified Grief Counselor
  • Scott County Historical Society
  • National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors

Telephone: 1-423-569-8534

Email: twilliams534@gmail.com


Verda (Buddy) Cope, Jr.

Verda (Buddy) Cope, Jr.

Preneed Sales Agent

Verda (Buddy) Cope, Jr. is a licensed insurance agent  and has been with our funeral homes since 1989. Buddy handles our preplanning with families and individuals that want to take care of their funeral arrangements in advance.

He is a graduate of Robbins School.

Buddy is married to Jean Cope. They have four children, Karen Lay and husband J.D., Sabra Cope, Eric Cope and wife Pamela and Keturah Cope.

Buddy is a member of the First Baptist Church of Robbins.

Telephone: 1-423-569-8534

Email: jonesandson@highland.net


Cathy J. Burke

Cathy J. Burke

Secretary

Cathy joined our staff in 2014. 

She is a member of the Black Oak Baptist Church in Oneida where she is a pianist; and a graduate of Oneida High School. 

Cathy has two children: Crestin Jeremy and wife Pam; and Jessica Leann; six grandchildren: Haley and husband Bradley of Cheyenne, WY; Jared, Tanner, Jonah, Joshua and Hunter; and one great grandchild: Carlee Grace.

Cathy is a member of Black Oak Baptist Church in Oneida, Tennessee..

Email: westmurleyfuneralhome@gmail.com


Chris Sewell

Chris Sewell

Apprentice Funeral Director/Preneed Sales Agent

Originally from the Muncie, Indiana area, Chris now resides in Fentress County. He is an ordained Baptist minister, evangelizing in many churches and holding numerous revivals. Chris is married to Tina Crabtree Sewell and he is the father of one son, Eli.

He is currently serving his funeral director apprenticeship and is a registered Preneed Sales Agent and licensed life insurance producer. If you or your family would like to discuss pre-planning your funeral arrangements, Chris would be happy to assist you.

Telephone: 1-423-569-8534

Email: westmurleyfuneralhome@gmail.com


In Memory of James Lloyd

In Memory of James Lloyd

Licensed Funeral Director

James was a licensed Funeral Director with over 44 years of experience in the funeral industry. James was a graduate of Norma High School. 

He leaves behind his loving wife Joyce Lloyd, one daughter Shandle Lynn Turner and husband Tyler, and two grandchidlren, Tyrel and Shaw. 

James will be sadly missed by his fellow co-workers.

He was a member of the Capital Hill Missionary Baptist Church.


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