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Our Staff

Our Staff


Evelyn Baker
Funeral Assistant

Evelyn was born and raised in Knoxville, TN where she raised two children and nine grandchildren. She has served families at Highland Memorial for nine years as a Funeral Assistant. Evelyn loves to care for our families in every way she can, especially with a big hug and a smile. She is always here for families in need and is never faced with a request too large.

Jerry Coffee
Cemetery Foreman - Highland South Cemetery

Jerry is the Cemetery Foreman at Highland South Memorial Park, Funerals and Cremations. Jerry enjoys serving our families and taking care of their needs. Jerry is married to Becky Coffey.

Steve Coker
Cemetery Foreman Superintendant and Caretaker Training

Steve came to work for Highland Memorial Park in 1978 and has held many positions in the park. He currently is the Cemetery Foreman Superintendant and handles training our new employees in the park.

Pamela Cooper
Funeral Assistant

Pamela is a graduate of Carson Newman College with a degree in Counseling. She has a desire to work with the bereaved and finds the funeral industry rewarding. Pamela is a native of Knoxville and enjoys serving the community in which she grew up.

Rachael Crawford
Administrative Assistant, Funeral Home and Cemetery

Rachael has been with Highland South for 3 years. Rachael is a Funeral Home and Cemetery Administrative Assistant. She is newly married to Shawn Crawford. She enjoys spending time with her family and loves assisting families and friends in any way possible.

Richard Croley
Funeral Assistant

Richard was raised in Knoxville, TN where he resides with his wife, Tammy and son, Xander. He enjoys being able to help, comfort and support families during such a difficult time in their lives. He also enjoys restoring antique cars and participating in AACA car shows.

Scott Elmore
Grounds Maintenance

Scott Elmore has been in grounds maintenance at Highland for 7 years.

Anna Ruth Gibson
Funeral Assistant

Mrs. Ruth lives in Seymour, with her husband Carl. They have two children and four grandchildren. Mrs. Ruth has worked for Highland South for 26 years as a Funeral Assistant. Her motto is “We care”. Mrs. Ruth makes the best cookies in the south!

Annette Greer
Administrative Assistant - Highland Memorial Funerals and Cremations

Annette was born and raised in Knoxville, TN. She and her husband, Kevin, live in West Knoxville with their son, Ethan. Annette is an administrative assistant at Highland Memorial Funeral Home and enjoys helping her community through her work at the funeral home.

Kevin Knowles
Area Manager for Highland Funeral Homes

Kevin began in funeral service in 1979 in Southeast Texas. He attended Lamar University, graduated from Commonwealth College of Science in Houston Texas and is licensed as a funeral director and embalmer in Texas and Tennessee. He is a previous funeral home owner and has served families in funeral service for over 30 years with 20 of those years in management. Kevin and his wife live in Knoxville.

Mike Larrabee
Highland South Cemetery Crew Member

Mike is a resident of Seymour, Tennessee and is married to a wonderful woman named Jennifer and they have a five year old daughter. He loves working outdoors and enjoys fishing and wood working.

Wendy Manley
Funeral Pre-planning Counselor

Wendy Manley joined Highland Memorial in 2003 as a cemetery family service counselor. Currently Wendy is our Funeral Pre-planning Counselor. Her focus and strength is SERVING & CARING for our families. Wendy's sincere wish and purpose is to educate families on the benefits of pre-planning. Contact her to attend a dinner/seminar in the future.

Kaitlyn McAdams
Funeral Home Manager-Highland South

Kaitlyn obtained her Associate Degree in Mortuary Science in 2009 from John A. Gupton College in Nashville, TN. She is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer with the State of Tennessee. Kaitlyn enjoys all aspects of funeral service and is proud to serve the families in her care. Kaitlyn and her husband live in Maynardville with their daughter Brylyn.

Jerry Palko
Maintenance Superintendent

Jerry started with Highland at Highland South in 1999 as the Sales Director. He later transferred to Highland Memorial as an Assistant Sales Director and has served the company in the past 7 years as the Maintenance Superintendent for all three Highland Parks.

Rebecca Presnell
Family Service and Preplanning Specialist

Rebecca joined us this year, she has many years of Customer Service and Sales experience. She was born and raised in East Tennessee and lives with her family in Maryville now. She enjoys serving her community and she encourages families to discuss the benefits of pre-planning their cemetery arrangements.

Christi M. Robbins
Funeral Home Manager - Highland West

Christi is a native of Dresden, TN, but has lived in Knoxville for two years. She is a 2008 graduate of John A. Gupton College in, Nashville, TN, with an Associate of Arts Degree in Mortuary Science. She is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer with the State of Tennessee and has practiced with Highland Memorial since June 2010. Christi’s passion is helping families through the unfamiliar territory of losing a loved one.

Abbey Taylor
Family Service and Preplanning Specialist

Abbey Taylor joined the staff of Highland Memorial in May of 2013. She was born and raised in Knoxville. She loves coming to work every day, knowing she can make a difference in people's lives. She wants to be the person who can make people's lives better during a difficult time.

David Trivette
Funeral Director and Embalmer

David grew up in a small rural community of East Tennessee before moving to Nashville. He received a degree in Funeral Service from John A. Gupton College in 2011 and is both a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. Today, he continues his studies at Bethel University. He relocated to the Knoxville area and joined the staff at Highland Memorial in 2012.

Don Weaver
Funeral Assistant

Don is a long time resident of Knoxville and has been employed at Highland South for five years as a Funeral Assistant. Don is very kind hearted and always willing to assist our families in any way that he can. Mr. Don never misses a day on the porch of the Funeral Home and makes the best coffee you’ve ever had.