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.

  • 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, Crematory Operator

    Stephanie Working joined our team in October 2015. Stephanie graduated from Cumberland University in 2001 with a Bachelor's in Fine Arts.
    Stephanie is a licensed funeral director and an embalmer who graduated from John A. Gupton College with an Associates degree in Funeral Service.

  • Melissa M. Willis

    Melissa M. Willis, Licensed Funeral Directing/Embalmer

    Melissa Willis is a recent graduate of John A Gupton College. Melissa also graduated from Watkins College of Art Design & Film in 2011 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. A recent addition to our caring family, she is currently serving her dual apprenticeship in Funeral Directing and Embalming here at Ellis Funeral Home.