Staff

Our dedicated staff are here to provide support, compassion, and information to help you through your journey of grief and the celebration of your loved one’s life.

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Jim and Auerila (Tootsie) McCaleb Non-licensed Staff

Jim and Tootsie are a vital part of the team here at Dyer Funeral Home. As non-licensed funeral assistants, they work with visitations and funerals, and are pleased to assist you if you have a need. 

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Corey Hall Funeral Director/Embalmer

Corey began his career in funeral service in the Atlanta area in after personally experiencing how a funeral director helped his family during a vulnerable time. He graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in 2005 and is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. Corey worked in the Atlanta area before moving to Cookeville in 2015 to be near family.

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Gary Risley Funeral Assistant

Gary began working as a funeral assistant at Dyer Funeral Home in 2018 after retiring from Williams Wholesale Company after many years. As an unlicensed funeral assistant, Gary is ready to make families feel comfortable and cared for.  He and wife, Angie are members of Willow Avenue Church of Christ.

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Jason Horner Manager

Jason Horner is a licensed funeral director and embalmer with more than 20 years of experience in funeral service.  He holds a Business Management degree from Tennessee Tech and an Associates Degree in Mortuary Science from Jefferson State Community College. 

Jim and Auerila (Tootsie) McCaleb

Non-licensed Staff
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Jim and Tootsie are a vital part of the team here at Dyer Funeral Home. As non-licensed funeral assistants, they work with visitations and funerals, and are pleased to assist you if you have a need. 

Corey Hall

Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Corey began his career in funeral service in the Atlanta area in after personally experiencing how a funeral director helped his family during a vulnerable time. He graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in 2005 and is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. Corey worked in the Atlanta area before moving to Cookeville in 2015 to be near family.

Gary Risley

Funeral Assistant
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Gary began working as a funeral assistant at Dyer Funeral Home in 2018 after retiring from Williams Wholesale Company after many years. As an unlicensed funeral assistant, Gary is ready to make families feel comfortable and cared for.  He and wife, Angie are members of Willow Avenue Church of Christ.

Jason Horner

Manager
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Jason Horner is a licensed funeral director and embalmer with more than 20 years of experience in funeral service.  He holds a Business Management degree from Tennessee Tech and an Associates Degree in Mortuary Science from Jefferson State Community College.