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 History

Bryant and Seth Presley, father and son, doing business as Presley Funeral Home, purchased Cookeville Funeral Home (which had been in business for a decade), in December of 2012. 

The decision to purchase the funeral home and change the name was driven by the desire to offer first class service to every family we serve, by our family, exceeding the public's expectation, every day, every time, and in every way!


Our Valued Staff

Bryant K.  Presley

Bryant K. Presley, Co-Owner and Funeral Director


Bryant has been involved in funeral service since 1973.

Bryant is a Tennessee licensed funeral director as well as Tennessee licensed insurance agent since 1979, and Tennessee licensed pre-need agent assisting families with pre-arranged funerals and insurance for the past 34 years.

He graduated from Rickman High School, 1978 and attended Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, TN, where he studied Business Management.

Bryant’s desire to work with his son and wife to serve his friends and family in his hometown, was the driving force prompting him to purchase Cookeville Funeral Home, (renaming it Presley Funeral Home) with his son Seth Presley in December, 2012.

Bryant is a member of the Tennessee Medical Reserve Corps, Kiwanis, and the Cookeville Citizens Police Academy Alumni member. He chairs the Relay For Life, "Hymns For Hope", annual singing raising thousands of dollars for the local American Cancer Society, which is underwritten by Presley Funeral Home. He is also a member of the TN Funeral Director Association.

Bryant is married to Lynne Lee Presley since 1985, and they have one son, Seth L. Presley. The Presley's attend Caney Fork Baptist Church, Cookeville, TN.


Seth L.  Presley

Seth L. Presley, Co-Owner/Funeral Director and Embalmer

Seth has been involved in the funeral profession 19 years, since the age 6 (he lived upstairs with his parents in the funeral home).

He graduated with a Associates Degree in Mortuary Science from John A. Gupton College, Nashville, TN 2008. Seth also graduated from Cookeville High School where he lettered in football, played baseball and ran track.

Seth is a Tennessee & Virginia licensed funeral director and embalmer.

Prior to purchasing Presley Funeral Home, Seth was Managing General Partner of 3 funeral homes in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

Seth's desire to serve his friends and family in his hometown, was the driving forcing prompting him to purchase Cookeville Funeral Home, (renaming it Presley Funeral Home) with his father Bryant Presley in December, 2012.

Seth is a certified crematory operator, Tennessee licensed insurance agent, Tennessee licensed pre-arranged funeral agent, and has sold pre-need funerals and insurance since age 18.

Seth is an active Gideon, member of the Cookeville-Sunset Rotary, member of Highlands-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, member of the Cookeville Police-Citizens Academy Alumni, member of The Power of Putnam, and is a high school football official with the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association.

He is also an active member and contributor to the John A. Gupton Alumni Association, and active in the Tennessee Funeral Director Association.


Lynne  Presley

Lynne Presley, Non-licensed Assistant (Office)

Lynne has been married to Bryant Presley for 28 years, and is Seth Presley's mother. She is the daughter of Clayton Lee, Sr. and Anna Mae Lee.


Annette  Goss

Annette Goss, Non-licensed Assistant (Office)

Annette has over 20 years of funeral home and cemetery office experience. She and her husband Greg have one daughter, Lauren Riley (DJ) and two grandsons, JohnT and Wyatt. Annette and Greg attend Cookeville Free Will Baptist Church.


Jerry  Abston

Jerry Abston, Non-Licensed Funeral Assistant

Jerry is the former Sheriff for Putnam County who served for 28 years. He also served as the Director of the Tennessee Corrections Institute for several years before his retirement in 2011.


Tommy Benson

Tommy Benson, Non-Licensed Funeral Assistant

Tommy is retired from Upper Cumberland Electric. He works part-time assisting with funerals and helping families. Tommy and his wife Linda attend Post Oak Shade Free Will Baptist Church. They have two sons and three grand daughters.


Larry  Buckner

Larry Buckner, Non-Licensed Funeral Assistant


Danny Hall

Danny Hall, Non-Licensed Funeral Assistant


Earl McNeely

Earl McNeely, Non-Licensed Funeral Assistant

Earl is a retired paramedic with 38 years in emergency services. He is an active member of Life Church and helps with farming at the Mustard Seed Ranch. He and his wife have four daughters and nine grandchildren.


Janice Myers

Janice Myers, Non-Licensed Assistant (Office)


Tory Womack

Tory Womack, Non-Licensed Funeral Assistant


Dow V.  Allen

Dow V. Allen, Non-Licensed Funeral Assistant

Dow is a Free Will Baptist minister. When he started conducting funerals, he became interested in the funeral work by helping people during their time of grief. Dow and his wife Barbara have one daughter, Nancy and two grandchildren, Abby and Ty.


Bettie  Presley

Bettie Presley, Non-Licensed Lounge Attendant

Betty helps families in our lounge area. She loves talking with people and makes them feel at home.


Mark Randolph

Mark Randolph, Non-Licensed Funeral Assistant


Joe Smith

Joe Smith, Non-Licensed Funeral Assistant