About Us | Presley Funeral Home

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, 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 to Presley Funeral Home, was driven by the desire to offer first class service to every family our family serves, exceeding the public's expectation, every day, every time, and in every way, and Then Some!


Our Valued Staff

Bryant K.  Presley

Bryant K. Presley, Managing Partner 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 39 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 National Funeral Directors Association, Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, Tennessee Medical Reserve Corps, Fraternal Order of Police, Cordell Hull Lodge #10, and the Cookeville Citizens Police Academy Alumni member.

Bryant has been married to Lynne Lee Presley since 1985, and they have one son, Seth L. Presley.


Seth L.  Presley

Seth L. Presley, 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.

In the spring of 2017, Seth answered the call to preach and is now an Evangelist.

On May 5, 2018, Seth married Alie Drue Parsons.

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 a member of the National Funeral Directors Association.


Lynne  Presley

Lynne Presley, Non-licensed Assistant (Office)

Lynne has been married to Bryant Presley for 33 years, and is Seth Presley's mother. She is the daughter of Clayton Lee, Sr. and Anna Mae Lee.


Alie Presley

Alie Presley, Non-licensed Assistant (Office)

Alie Parsons Presley is a native of Overton County, TN, and is the daughter of Andy and Bridget Parsons. She has one brother, Tyson.

She is a graduate of Livingston Academy and is currently attending Tennessee Tech University.

Alie married Seth Presley on May 5, 2018.


Annette  Goss

Annette Goss, Non-licensed Assistant (Office)

Annette has over 23 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.


Deloris Burris

Deloris Burris, Non-licensed Assistant (Office)

Deloris has been married to Harold Burris for 10 years. She has 4 children and 6 grandchildren. She attends Livingston Church of Christ.


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.


Danny Hall

Danny Hall, Non-Licensed Funeral Assistant

Danny is a retired Postmaster of the U.S. Postal Service.

He is married to Patricia Allen Hall, and they have 3 children.

Danny and Patricia attend Church of Christ at Holladay.


Jacob Smith

Jacob Smith, Non-Licensed Funeral Assistant

Jacob has been with Presley Funeral Home since 2015. He is the son of Joe and Angie Smith. He has one sister, Madison. Jacob attends Baxter Church of Christ.


Tim Miles

Tim Miles, Non-Licensed Funeral Assistant

Tim is a Pastor at Wilhite Baptist Church of Cookeville, TN.

He has been married to his wife, Julie, for thirty-one years. They have two daughters: Hannah and Alainia.

Besides spending time with his family and studying God's Word, Tim's favorite thing is watching The Alabama Crimson Tide Football Team.


Joe Smith

Joe Smith, Non-Licensed Funeral Assistant


Michael Sullivan

Michael Sullivan, Non-Licensed Funeral Assistant

Bio and photo will be added soon.


John Stephens

John Stephens, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

Bio and photo coming soon.


Chase Bradford

Chase Bradford, Non-Licensed Funeral Assistant

A photo and bio will follow soon