Staff

The caring staff of Sanderson Funeral Homes are always here to help with your funeral planning and arrangement needs.

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Jacky Carver Jr.

*Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer/Preneed Insurance Agent

Jacky is a licensed pre-need insurance agent, funeral director, and embalmer and is Certified by the Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards. He is a graduate of Smith County High School and John A. Gupton College and also holds a Bachelors degree from Middle Tennessee State University and a Masters degree from Vanderbilt University. Jacky is a Past-President of the Smith County Volunteer Rescue Squad, serves as Vice-Chairman of the Smith County Fair Board, is on the Board of Directors of the Smith County Help Center, and is a member of the advisory board of the Upper Cumberland Human Resources Agency. He was recently appointed by Governor Bredesen to the Tennessee Medical Examiners Advisory Council. He is married to the former Liz Tedrow and has 3 children, Corey, Gracie, & Cindy.

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Jacqueline Carver

*Licensed Funeral Director/CFSP

Jackie is a licensed funeral director and a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner. She is a graduate of Gordonsville High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Education from Tennessee Technological University. She is retired from the Smith County School System.

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Jacky Carver Sr.

*Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer/Preneed Insurance Agent/CFSP

Jacky is a licensed pre-need insurance agent, funeral director, and embalmer and is a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner. He is a graduate of Smith County High School and John A. Gupton College. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Gupton College, Smith County E-911, Smith County Library Board, Smith County Chamber of Commerce and the Upper Cumberland Council for the Aging as well as serving as the Smith County Volunteer Fire Chief. He is Past-President of the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association and served on the Tennessee Board of Emergency Medical Services under the administration of Governor Blanton.

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Jerry Claiborne

*Licensed Director/CFSP

Jerry is a licensed funeral director and a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner. He is a graduate of Macon County High School. He serves as manager of the Hackett Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home and is a Past-President of the Upper Cumberland Funeral Directors Association. He lives in Lafayette. He and his wife Peggy have two children, Christy and Holly. Jerry is a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason and Shriner.

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Billy Dawes

*Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

Billy is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. He is a graduate of Jackson County High School and John A. Gupton College. He and wife Dale have 2 daughters Melissa Smith and Jenny Brown as well as 3 grandchildren Jessica Smith, Kendrick and Kain Brown. He is also an avid supporter of the Jackson County Girls Basketball team.

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David Reid

*Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

David is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. He is a graduate of Smith County High School and John A. Gupton College. He and his wife Jacqui live in Pleasant Shade and have three children, Zac, Courtney, & Melanie.

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Jeff Crockett

*Licensed Funeral Director/Certified Crematory Operator

Jeff is a licensed funeral director. He is a graduate of Jackson County High School and John A. Gupton College as well as a graduate from the Tennessee Tech Paramedic program. Jeff is the EMS Director for Smith County and is also a licensed Paramedic. He is married to the former Lacey Carter and they have 3 children, Olivia, Ethan and Alyssa.

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Lucette Kemp

*Licensed Funeral Director/Preneed Insurance Agent

Lucette is the office manager and a licensed funeral director. She is a graduate of Smith County High School and John A Gupton College. She holds an Associates's degree from Volunteer State Comm. College and a Bachelors's degree from Tennessee Technological University. She is a state licensed insurance agent. She and her husband, Steven, have a son, Adam, and reside on their farm in Kempville.

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Jody Murray

*Funeral Director Apprentice

 

Jody is a funeral director apprentice at Sanderson Funeral Home. He is a graduate of Smith County High School and John A. Gupton College. Jody has two sons, Cole and Noah.

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Vickie Givens

*Unlicensed Funeral Assistant

 

Vickie is a funeral assistant at the Kempville Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. She is a graduate of Smith County High School. Vickie and her husband Ricky have two daughters, Robin Moore and Hope Dillard, along with four grandchildren.

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Jimmy Kemp

*Unlicensed Funeral Assistant

 

Jimmy is a funeral assistant at Sanderson Funeral Home. He is a graduate of Smith County High School and is the long-time owner of Kemp’s Studio in Defeated Creek. Jimmy and his wife, Peggy, have two sons, Steven (April) Kemp and Scott (Renee) Kemp, along with four grandchildren.

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Jerry Craighead

*Facilities Maintenance

 

Jerry is the maintenance operator, grounds keeper and graveside assistant with Sanderson Funeral Home.  He is a 1984 graduate of Smith County High School.  Jerry is the retired Fire Chief of the Volunteer Fire Department of Gordonsville.  He has also served on the Forks River Fire Department as well as a First Responder for Smith County.  Jerry is married to the former Tina White of Stonewall.  They reside in the Elmwood community.  They have two children, Legon Craighead Roberson and her husband Dustin of Jackson, TN and Jamin Craighead and his wife Courtney and their son, Oaklee Remington.  Jerry is also known as Papa J to Aurora and Serenity.

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Peggy Kemp

*Unlicensed Funeral Assistant

 

Peggy is a funeral assistant at Sanderson Funeral Home.  She and her husband, Jimmy, are long-time owners of Kemp’s Studio in Defeated Creek. Peggy and Jimmy have two sons, Steven (April) Kemp and Scott (Renee) Kemp, along with four grandchildren.

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Ronnie Scudder

*Unlicensed Funeral Assistant

 

Ronnie is a funeral assistant at Sanderson Funeral Home.  He is a graduate of Smith County High School and received his Associate Degree from Cumberland University.  He also holds Masters and EdS degrees from Tennessee Tech University.  Ronnie was involved in the Smith County School System for 41 years, serving as principal at Forks River Elementary, Carthage Elementary, Smith County Middle School and Gordonsville High School before retiring.  Ronnie is married to the former Teresa Bush and has three children, Stephen, Jimmy and Kaci, along with four grandchildren.

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Jay Slatton

*Pre-Need Investment Specialist

 

Jay is the Director of Pre Need Development and TN Regional Manager for Investors Heritage out of Frankfort, KY. He serves in that role full time but is available to assist when needed or requested by families. He is married to Leann Cowan Slatton and has three daughters Samantha (John Bratten) Hearn, Ally Beth Slatton, and Ava Grace Slatton and one Granddaughter, Annie Bratten Hearn. Jay is a graduate of Gordonsville High School and John A Gupton College.  He is a licensed funeral director, embalmer, and insurance agent.

Jacky Carver Jr.

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*Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer/Preneed Insurance Agent

Jacky is a licensed pre-need insurance agent, funeral director, and embalmer and is Certified by the Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards. He is a graduate of Smith County High School and John A. Gupton College and also holds a Bachelors degree from Middle Tennessee State University and a Masters degree from Vanderbilt University. Jacky is a Past-President of the Smith County Volunteer Rescue Squad, serves as Vice-Chairman of the Smith County Fair Board, is on the Board of Directors of the Smith County Help Center, and is a member of the advisory board of the Upper Cumberland Human Resources Agency. He was recently appointed by Governor Bredesen to the Tennessee Medical Examiners Advisory Council. He is married to the former Liz Tedrow and has 3 children, Corey, Gracie, & Cindy.

Jacqueline Carver

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*Licensed Funeral Director/CFSP

Jackie is a licensed funeral director and a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner. She is a graduate of Gordonsville High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Education from Tennessee Technological University. She is retired from the Smith County School System.

Jacky Carver Sr.

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*Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer/Preneed Insurance Agent/CFSP

Jacky is a licensed pre-need insurance agent, funeral director, and embalmer and is a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner. He is a graduate of Smith County High School and John A. Gupton College. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Gupton College, Smith County E-911, Smith County Library Board, Smith County Chamber of Commerce and the Upper Cumberland Council for the Aging as well as serving as the Smith County Volunteer Fire Chief. He is Past-President of the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association and served on the Tennessee Board of Emergency Medical Services under the administration of Governor Blanton.

Jerry Claiborne

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*Licensed Director/CFSP

Jerry is a licensed funeral director and a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner. He is a graduate of Macon County High School. He serves as manager of the Hackett Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home and is a Past-President of the Upper Cumberland Funeral Directors Association. He lives in Lafayette. He and his wife Peggy have two children, Christy and Holly. Jerry is a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason and Shriner.

Billy Dawes

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*Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

Billy is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. He is a graduate of Jackson County High School and John A. Gupton College. He and wife Dale have 2 daughters Melissa Smith and Jenny Brown as well as 3 grandchildren Jessica Smith, Kendrick and Kain Brown. He is also an avid supporter of the Jackson County Girls Basketball team.

David Reid

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*Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

David is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. He is a graduate of Smith County High School and John A. Gupton College. He and his wife Jacqui live in Pleasant Shade and have three children, Zac, Courtney, & Melanie.

Jeff Crockett

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*Licensed Funeral Director/Certified Crematory Operator

Jeff is a licensed funeral director. He is a graduate of Jackson County High School and John A. Gupton College as well as a graduate from the Tennessee Tech Paramedic program. Jeff is the EMS Director for Smith County and is also a licensed Paramedic. He is married to the former Lacey Carter and they have 3 children, Olivia, Ethan and Alyssa.

Lucette Kemp

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*Licensed Funeral Director/Preneed Insurance Agent

Lucette is the office manager and a licensed funeral director. She is a graduate of Smith County High School and John A Gupton College. She holds an Associates's degree from Volunteer State Comm. College and a Bachelors's degree from Tennessee Technological University. She is a state licensed insurance agent. She and her husband, Steven, have a son, Adam, and reside on their farm in Kempville.

Jody Murray

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*Funeral Director Apprentice

 

Jody is a funeral director apprentice at Sanderson Funeral Home. He is a graduate of Smith County High School and John A. Gupton College. Jody has two sons, Cole and Noah.

Vickie Givens

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*Unlicensed Funeral Assistant

 

Vickie is a funeral assistant at the Kempville Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. She is a graduate of Smith County High School. Vickie and her husband Ricky have two daughters, Robin Moore and Hope Dillard, along with four grandchildren.

Jimmy Kemp

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*Unlicensed Funeral Assistant

 

Jimmy is a funeral assistant at Sanderson Funeral Home. He is a graduate of Smith County High School and is the long-time owner of Kemp’s Studio in Defeated Creek. Jimmy and his wife, Peggy, have two sons, Steven (April) Kemp and Scott (Renee) Kemp, along with four grandchildren.

Jerry Craighead

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*Facilities Maintenance

 

Jerry is the maintenance operator, grounds keeper and graveside assistant with Sanderson Funeral Home.  He is a 1984 graduate of Smith County High School.  Jerry is the retired Fire Chief of the Volunteer Fire Department of Gordonsville.  He has also served on the Forks River Fire Department as well as a First Responder for Smith County.  Jerry is married to the former Tina White of Stonewall.  They reside in the Elmwood community.  They have two children, Legon Craighead Roberson and her husband Dustin of Jackson, TN and Jamin Craighead and his wife Courtney and their son, Oaklee Remington.  Jerry is also known as Papa J to Aurora and Serenity.

Peggy Kemp

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*Unlicensed Funeral Assistant

 

Peggy is a funeral assistant at Sanderson Funeral Home.  She and her husband, Jimmy, are long-time owners of Kemp’s Studio in Defeated Creek. Peggy and Jimmy have two sons, Steven (April) Kemp and Scott (Renee) Kemp, along with four grandchildren.

Ronnie Scudder

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*Unlicensed Funeral Assistant

 

Ronnie is a funeral assistant at Sanderson Funeral Home.  He is a graduate of Smith County High School and received his Associate Degree from Cumberland University.  He also holds Masters and EdS degrees from Tennessee Tech University.  Ronnie was involved in the Smith County School System for 41 years, serving as principal at Forks River Elementary, Carthage Elementary, Smith County Middle School and Gordonsville High School before retiring.  Ronnie is married to the former Teresa Bush and has three children, Stephen, Jimmy and Kaci, along with four grandchildren.

Jay Slatton

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*Pre-Need Investment Specialist

 

Jay is the Director of Pre Need Development and TN Regional Manager for Investors Heritage out of Frankfort, KY. He serves in that role full time but is available to assist when needed or requested by families. He is married to Leann Cowan Slatton and has three daughters Samantha (John Bratten) Hearn, Ally Beth Slatton, and Ava Grace Slatton and one Granddaughter, Annie Bratten Hearn. Jay is a graduate of Gordonsville High School and John A Gupton College.  He is a licensed funeral director, embalmer, and insurance agent.