Who We Are
Our professional staff has years of experience caring for families from all walks of life. We are leaders in our profession, with dedication to service and professional integrity.
When we sit down with a family, our shared goal is to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. We offer them a wide variety of services and products, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions. Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.
The late James G. "Jimmy" Williamson, Sr., founded and opened Williamson & Son's Funeral Home in the Soddy area of Soddy-Daisy in 1950. His family's residence was in the upstairs of the building, while the downstairs served as the funeral home. His two sons, "Chuck" and "Gabby", literally grew up in the business. Their funeral home was one of the first locations in Soddy to have a telephone. People would come to the funeral home to call their relatives, and Army and Navy veterans would call the funeral home to let their families know when and where to pick them up as they returned home from service. Mr. Williamson also had an ambulance service for many years starting in the 1950's up until the 1970's and helped a lot of people through that service. The funeral home was and still is a lot more than just a funeral home. Then, as now, it serves as a community center as well. Even today, people come by to send or receive a fax, to talk and share information, to have a cup of coffee or just visit. Incidentally, the funeral home has the same phone number today.
Jimmy's widow, Betty Coulter Williamson, is the granddaughter of the late R.J. Coulter who established the R. J. Coulter Funeral Home in 1898 in Dayton and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Jimmy started out working for Mr. Coulter in the 1940's. In 1958, Mr. Williamson relocated Williamson & Son's Funeral Home to the Mile Straight part of Soddy-Daisy which is our current location, and we have been here ever since. Betty is still active in the community and in her church, and she visits residents and friends in local nursing homes whenever she can. Jimmy's two sons, Chuck and Gabby Williamson, have continued the family tradition and are still active in the business and looking forward to serving families in the future. There are actually five members of the Williamson family that are currently active in the business. The entire family, along with other dedicated personnel, is highly committed to serving the public with outstanding integrity and compassion.
Chuck Williamson states. "I have either lived in the funeral home or within walking distance from it all my life. The same holds true for my brother, Gabby. Being in the funeral home business is more than just a job to us; it is part of our lives and always has been. Our father taught us to treat people like we would want to be treated, with dignity and respect."
Our Valued Staff
Williamson Family, Three Generations of Service
Seated are Chuck Williamson and Gabby Williamson
Standing are John Williamson and Jimmy Williamson
They, along with the late James G. Williamson, Sr., represent three generations of the family serving the public at the funeral home.
Mr. James G. Williamson Sr., Founder
The late James G. "Jimmy" Williamson, Sr., founded Williamson & Son's Funeral Home in 1957, where he served as an active licensed funeral director for 56 years. He was a WWII 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, and Grand Jury Board, Tennessee Walking Horse Association, Rivermont and Dayton Golf Clubs, charter member of Quail Unlimited, Georgia Quail Hunting Club, and, he founded the Soddy-Daisy Business Association.
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., 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 II, Funeral Director
"Jimmy" graduated from Soddy-Daisy High School in 1985 and the Universityof Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1991, earning a B.S. in Business Management. In 1994, he earned his Funeral Director's 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". Jimmy serves as Funeral Director.
Mr. John Williamson, Apprentice Funeral Director
John has worked at our funeral home since 1994. He works in many different areas of the business. He has two children, Nicole and Austin. John, like his dad, uncle and brother, grew up in and around the funeral home. John graduated from Sale Creek High School in 1995.
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.
Ms Terry Lynn Williamson, Administrative Assistant
Terry graduated from Central High School in 1974. She attended UTC, 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.
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 be a part of working with families at the funeral home. He wishes God's blessings on each and every one.
Mr. Clyde Harvey, Ambassador/Funeral Assistant
Clyde has been with the funeral home since 2006. He graduated from Sequatchie County High School, and has been in the Soddy-Daisy area for the past 30 years. He studied electronics at Chattanooga State Technical College. He enjoys golf and sports. He and his wife, Patricia, have three children (2 sons, one daughter), and three grandsons.
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 satff 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.
Mr. Bill Uren, Ambassador/Funeral Assistant
Bill has been with the funeral home since 2002. He was born and raised in Soddy-Daisy, and he is married to Lois M. Uren. He has one daughter, Kristi. He worked for the Hamilton County Highway Department, and later the Sherriff's Department from which he retired after 42 years.
Ms Gloria Rogers, Ambassador/Funeral Assistant
Gloria has been with the funeral home since 2001. She graduated from Soddy-Daisy High School class of 1980. She is also employed by First Volunteer Bank where she has served as a Customer Care Representative for the past seven years. Her hobbies are scrapbooking, reading, and raising one spoiled Italian greyhound, "Pacino".
Ms Nan Johnson, Ambassador/Funeral Assistant
Nan has been with the funeral home since 2005. Nan graduated from Soddy-Daisy High School in 1956. She has been married to Edwin L. Johnson for 55 years. She is mother to Gloria Rogers and Mark Johnson, and grandmother to Rebecca and Miles. She was employed for 45 years as a jeweler at Jerry Bogo Company. She is a long time member of Daisty Church of God. Her interests include traveling, sewing, and palying with the grandchildren.
Ms Dolores Shelton, Ambassador/Funeral Assistant
Dolores has been with the funeral home since 2008. She is a lifelong resident of Soddy-Daisy and graduated from Soddy-Daisy HIgh School. She has two sons, Danny and Davy Philpott, and she has six grandchildren. She has two stepsons, Tyler and Toby Shelton, and one stepdaughter, Chantelle. She has four step-grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. She has beeen married to William Shelton since 2001.
Mr. Bob Mahaffey, Ambassador/Funeral Assistant
Bob has been with the funeral home since 2008. He is a lifelong resident of North Hamilton County, TN, and he graduated from Soddy-Daisy High School in 1965. He has one step-son, Max McDonald (deceased), one daughter, Angie, and one son, Jeff, 7 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.
Ms Carolyn Mahaffey, Ambassador/Funeral Assistant
Carolyn has been with the funeral home since 2010. She is lifelong resident of Sale Creek, TN. She had one son, Max McDonald who passed away December 17, 2002. She has one step-daughter, Angie, and one step-son, Jeff. She has been married to Bob since 1990.
Mr. Gene West, Ambassasdor/Funeral Assistant
Gene has been with the funeral home since 2009. He graduated from Soddy Daisy HIgh School in 1947. He served in the US Army Airborne from 1952 to 1954. He worked for the US Postal Service for thirty years, retiring in 1986. He served as City Manager of the City of Soddy-Daisy for five years. He has been married to his wife, Jimmie, for 36 years. They have 5 children, 11 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.
Ms Jimmie West, Ambassador/Funeral Assistant
Jimmie has been with the funeral home since 2009. She has lived in Soddy Daisy all her life and graduated from Soddy Daisy HIgh School. She was employed with the US Postal Service for 13 years, and with Soddy Daisy HIgh Schoool as Registrar for 5 years. She is married to Gene, and they have 5 children, 11 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Charles Ingle, Ambassador/Funeral Assistant
Charles has been with the funeral home sicne 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 of 34 years, Diane, have two sons and one granddaughter.
Mr. John T. Nichols, Ambassador/Funeral Assistant
John has been with the funeral home since 2010. John owned and operated Nichols Marine for twenty 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, 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 she is an active member of Calvary Baptist Church in Red Bank.