History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our Valued Staff

  • Bob  Whitley

    Bob Whitley, LIcensed Funeral Director, President, CEO

    Bob is a native Tennessean and was born in Nashville. He has been involved in the Funeral Profession for over 40 years. His ties to the Woodbine Community go back to his father who was a mail carrier in this area for most of his life. Bob is very service oriented, and believes each family deserves honesty, compassion, and personal attention.

  • Connie  Whitley

    Connie Whitley, Licensed Funeral Director, Community Outreach

    Connie is a native of Nashville. She attended Central High School several years then graduated from Glencliff in 1967. In 1970 she became an RN and has worked as a Registered nurse for 37 years. While she worked in many different areas of the Hospital she also did Customer Service Training, and Community Education and Outreach. Connie feels her move to the Funeral Profession is just an extension of the work she has done with families in the ER and at the patient's bedside. The same caring support and compassion are necessary in both settings.

  • Roxie  Lamb

    Roxie Lamb, Office Manager (Non-Licensed Staff)

    Roxie Lamb, Office Manager, has been with the Ellis Family for more than 20 years. Roxie offers years of administrative experience and expedites much of the necessary paperwork involved with great efficiency.

  • Virginia Camacho

    Virginia Camacho, Apprentice, Translator, Social Media Manager

    Virginia Camacho has been with us for many years as an interpreter for Hispanic families. She graduated from Middle TN State University with an emphasis in Business and is also our social media manager. She believes that tending to a family's needs efficiently and effectively is the best way to help lift the weight off their shoulders. She is currently pursuing her Funeral Director's License as our Apprentice.

  • Sherry Gipson

    Sherry Gipson, Housekeeper (Non-Licensed Staff)

    Sherry has been with the Ellis Family since 2013 and has been an integral part of who we are. Sherry maintains the facilities up to high standards for all those who walk in the door, and assures a clean, crisp setting in every room.

  • Stephanie B. Working

    Stephanie B. Working, Funeral Director, Embalmer

    Stephanie Working joined our team October, 2015. Stephanie is a licensed funeral director and an embalmer who graduated form John A. Gupton College with an Associates degree in Funeral Service.

  • Allen Tanner

    Allen Tanner, Chaplain (Non-Licensed Staff)

    Allen Tanner has served as an Ordained Minister, Crisis Counselor and Chaplain for thirty years, and has served in the funeral industry; he has served as a hospital chaplain, law enforcement chaplain, hospice chaplain, and on the foreign mission field in Nigeria, West Africa. Allen is also an international, motivational speaker, lecturer, who conducts conferences, workshops and seminars.

  • Edwin F. Carter

    Edwin F. Carter, Funeral Director

    Edwin F. Carter, better known as Eddie, was raised in the South Nashville and Woodbine area. He went to Wright Jr. & Glencliff High School and graduated with the H.S class of "72". In 1975, Eddie graduated from U.T. Nashville and worked as a paramedic for the Metro Fire Dept. for 29 years until he retired.
    Eddie has been involved in the funeral industry for over 40 years, and has been a dedicated funeral director for over 30 years. Now committed to families who've just lost a loved one, Eddie is now working to help ease their transition during their time of need, as an accomplished funeral director.

  • Kathy M. Case

    Kathy M. Case, Office Assistant (Non-Licensed Staff)

    Kathy Case, born in California and raised in Nashville, is our newest member. She is a current student at Lipscomb University, pursuing a degree in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. She has been translating for mission teams in Mexico for 3 years and looks forward to using her skills to help others.

  • Anne Lundregan

    Anne Lundregan, Family Service Counselor

    Anne Lundregan is a Preplanning Consultant who serves as our Family Service Counselor. Since 1999, she has devoted her career to working with families before and after death, and she always makes herself available to provide support and assistance to our families with any valuable information they need. Anne can be reached at 615-306-4500 for questions about closing affairs and other resources.