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 423-332-1515 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.


Williamson Family

Williamson Family

Two Generations of Service

Seated are Chuck Williamson and Gabby Williamson
Standing are Greg Gormanson and Jimmy Williamson.


Mr. James G. Williamson Sr.

Mr. James G. Williamson Sr.

Founder

The late James G. "Jimmy" Williamson, Sr. founded Williamson & Sons Funeral Home in 1957, where he served as an active licensed funeral director for 56 years. He was a World War II veteran in the U.S. Army. Jimmy was well known in the area for doing whatever he could to help people during their times of need. He had a special kindness and compassion for people from all walks of life that came through to all who knew him. He was very energetic and visited local hospitals and managed an ambulance service for many years. Some of his past community memberships include Soddy Church of Christ, Soddy Masonic Lodge #418 F&AM (54 years), charter member of the Scottish Rite Society (50 years), lifetime member of the Alhambra Shrine, past commander of Cherokee Post #107 of the American Legion (58 years), VFW # 4848 (58 years), Soddy Lions Club (54 years), Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, Tennessee Funeral Director's Association, National Funeral Director's Association, Chairman - Hamilton County Election Commission, Vice Mayor - Soddy-Daisy City Commission, Hamilton County Bond Board, Equality Board, Grand Jury Board - Tennessee Walking Horse Association, Rivermont and Dayton Golf Clubs, and charter member of Quail Unlimited - Georgia Quail Hunting Club. He founded the Soddy-Daisy Business Association.

Mr.  Marvin J. Williamson

Mr. Marvin J. Williamson

Managing Partner

"Chuck" relates that he was born and raised in the funeral service business. His father founded the funeral home, and his parents, Jimmy and Betty Williamson, were both very active in the community and in helping families at their time of need. His brother, Gabby, nephews, Jimmy and John, and wife, Terry, all work in the funeral home with him, making it a true family atmosphere. When Chuck and his family take new families into their care, they become part of the family too.

Chuck is a founding member of the Soddy-Daisy Kiwanis Club as well as a member of the Soddy-Daisy Chamber of Commerce, Tennessee Walking Horse Association, and has been a licensed funeral director since 1974.

Chuck and his wife, Terry, have been married since 1985, and they have two sons, Cade and Zac.

Mr. James G. Williamson Jr.

Mr. James G. Williamson Jr.

Funeral Director/Embalmer

"Gabby" graduated from John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science in 1966. He went on to obtain his Tennessee Funeral Directors and Embalming License also in 1966. A lifelong resident of Soddy-Daisy, he has been married to his wife, Mary Lou, for over 40 years. Gabby has five children: two sons, three daughters, and nine grandchildren. He serves as dual licensed funeral director and embalmer in the state of Tennessee and Georgia.

Mr. James G. Williamson III

Mr. James G. Williamson III

Funeral Director

"Jimmy" graduated from Soddy-Daisy High School in 1985 and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1991, earning a B.S. in Business Management. In 1994, he earned his Funeral Director License, and in 1995, he earned his Insurance License. He has been married to his wife, Tanya, since 1992, and they have two children, Halie and Anna. Jimmy recalls, "I grew up working at the funeral home and have been full time for over 25 years."

Mr. Greg Gormanson

Mr. Greg Gormanson

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Having worked at Williamson and Sons from 1992 to 1996, Greg rejoined the funeral home staff in 2008. Greg is a native of Soddy Daisy and a 1992 graduate of Soddy-Daisy High School. He graduated in 1994 from John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science. Greg is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the state of Tennessee and Georgia and a member of the Tennessee Academy of Graduate Embalmers. He has served his community through the Lions Club and Kiwanis International and is a past president of the Rossville Kiwanis Club. Greg and his wife, Christina, have three sons, Dominick, Nick and Grant, and a granddaughter, Blakelynn.

Ms. Terry Lynn Williamson

Ms. Terry Lynn Williamson

Administrative Assistant

Terry graduated from Central High School in 1974. She attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Chattanooga State Technical College. Prior to joining the funeral home staff in 1993, she worked as a legal secretary, an affiliate real estate broker, political campaign manager, and certified pharmacy technician. She is married to our managing partner, Chuck Williamson, and they have two sons, Cade and Zac, and two grandchildren, Jacob and Taylor.

Ms. Jessica Runge

Ms. Jessica Runge

Administrative Assistant

Jessica graduated from Notre Dame High School in 2008 and attended Georgetown College. Prior to joining the staff of Williamson and Sons in 2016, she was the bar manager for The Melting Pot of Chattanooga and the Sales and Marketing Manager for CPR Cell Phone Repair of Chattanooga. She is set to wed her fiance, John, in September of 2017. 


Rev. Carl Hunsucker

Rev. Carl Hunsucker

Ambassador/Funeral Assistant

Brother Carl has served with the funeral home since 2002 and notes that "helping families in their trying hours is rewarding work." He expresses thanks to the Williamson family and staff for allowing him to work with families at the funeral home. He wishes God's blessings on each and every one.

Ms. Beverly Heard

Ms. Beverly Heard

Ambassador/Funeral Assistant

Beverly is a 1962 graduate of Soddy-Daisy High School. She retired from Dupont after 38 years of service in 2003. She joined the funeral home staff in 2007. She and her husband, Billy "Punk," have two daughters, Suzanne and Amy, and four grandchildren, Courtney, Taylor, Makayla and Katie. She is a member of Sequoyah Baptist Tabernacle, where she plays the piano. Her hobbies are scrapbooking, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Ms. Carolyn Mahaffey

Ms. Carolyn Mahaffey

Ambassador/Funeral Assistant

Carolyn has been with the funeral home since 2010. She is lifelong resident of Sale Creek, Tennessee. She had one son, Max McDonald, who passed away on December 17, 2002.

Mr. Charles Ingle

Mr. Charles Ingle

Ambassador/Funeral Assistant

Charles has been with the funeral home since 2010. He graduated from Soddy-Daisy High School in 1963. He is a veteran of the US Air Force and a graduate of Edmondson College. He is a lifelong resident of Soddy-Daisy. He and his wife Diane have two sons, Jason and Jarrett, and two granddaughters, Macy and Savannah.

Rev. Sonny Wilkes

Rev. Sonny Wilkes

Ambassador/Funeral Assistant

Rev. Sonny Wilkes graduated in 1968 from East Laurens High School in East Dublin, GA. Sonny has been ministering with the Church of God for over 34 years, and just recently joined the staff at Williamson and Sons in 2016. He and his wife, Jonie, have one son, Byron, and one granddaughter, Lilydale.


Ms. Mary Moore

Ms. Mary Moore

Ambassador/Funeral Assistant

Mary graduated from Soddy-Daisy High school in 1964 and married her husband, Danny, in 1965. They have 2 children, Sonia Shonta Rogers and Danny Moore, Jr. Prior to joining the staff at Williamson and Sons in 2016, Mary worked for a collection service agency for 13 years and Hixson Pike Medical Center for 5 years. Mary is also an active member at the Church of God. 


Mr. John T. Nichols

Mr. John T. Nichols

Ambassador/Funeral Assistant

John has been with the funeral home since 2010. John owned and operated Nichols Marine for 20 years. He is now a retired sportsman. He and his wife, Crystal, have three children, Tessa, Paul and Joseph, and four grandchildren. He is an active member of Calvary Baptist Church in Red Bank.

Ms. Crystal Nichols

Ms. Crystal Nichols

Ambassador/Funeral Assistant

Crystal has been with the funeral home since 2010. She and her husband, John, have three children, Tessa, Paul and Joseph, and four grandchildren. She is retired from the Falling Water Elementary School office staff. She enjoys painting and is an active member of Calvary Baptist Church in Red Bank.

Mr. Jim Martin

Mr. Jim Martin

Ambassador/Funeral Assistant

Jim has been with Williamson and Sons for 5 years, after retiring from Dupont after 36 years. He is a father to 2 sons, grandfather to 3, and great grandfather to 2.


Mr. Wendell Merrell

Mr. Wendell Merrell

Ambassador/Funeral Assistant

Wendell attends the Ministry Center. He is a husband and proud father of a son and daughter and six grandchildren. He retired from DuPont and has served in the funeral business for over 12 years.

Mr. Melvin Kennedy

Mr. Melvin Kennedy

Ambassador/Funeral Assistant

Melvin has been with the staff of Williamson and Sons for 4 years after retiring from O'Neal Steel after 22 years. He and his late wife, Catherine, have 2 sons, 4 grandsons, and 6 great grandchildren. 


Mr. Wayne Landreth

Mr. Wayne Landreth

Family Services Counselor/Funeral Planner

Wayne represents Precoa Insurance Company, underwriter for our pre-need insurance company, National Guardian Life. He has written pre-need policies for Williamson & Sons Funeral Home since February 2013 as a Family Services Counselor and Funeral Planner. He was born in Chattanooga and grew up in Soddy-Daisy. He served in the U.S. Air Force, and graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master's in Engineering Administration. He worked with Tennessee Valley Authority for 26 years and is recognized for his communication and customer service techniques. After TVA, Wayne served as General Manager/CEO of Etowah Utilities and Fayetteville Public Utilities.

He has one daughter, Amanda, who with her husband, Erik, owns and operates two restaurants in downtown Chattanooga. Wayne enjoys getting involved in community activities, veteran events, church work, house and remodeling projects. He has served as Music Minister in area churches for over 40 years and counseled many constituents and participated in many funerals and church events. He also enjoys sharing through his counseling to enhance family needs and final wishes at Williamson & Sons while serving his community.

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