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Our Story

Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.

Ever since we opened our gates we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are not a burial ground. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.

100k
legacies honored
83
years in business
300k
moments remembered

Why Us?

In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.

Why Us?

We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.

Learn the legacy.

Williams Funeral Home was established by Thomas F. and Hannah Williams in August 1935. The funeral home originally was located at 401 West Seventh Street in Columbia.

In 1946 the Williams Family purchased Irwin Brothers Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant. After this purchase this business was moved from North Main Street, in Mt. Pleasant to the Jackson - Killebrew House on Pleasant Street.

In 1952 the Columbia Funeral Home moved from 401 West 7th. Street to 400 West 7th. Street where it remained until January 1961 when the business moved to the Mt. Pleasant Pike in Columbia.

In 1961 the Columbia location was constructed to have multiple uses. Its primary use of coarse the funeral home itself however like many funeral homes in that era it was also used at the ambulance service head quarters. Being during the cold war era it was constructed as a bomb shelter with a basement 16 feet underground with heavy pre-stressed concrete.

Upon the retirement of the Williams family, the business was purchased by the Blevins family in 1982. Also in the mid- eighties Alan aquired a local cemetery, Polk Memorial Gardens. Polk continues to make changes in order to serve our families. Some of these changes involve history for instance, Polk has the only statue of James K. Polk in our county. Another major change is the addition of the Arbors, a park like area with the second largest pavilion in the state of Tennessee that sits beside a lake.

In 1995, Alan Blevins sold the old Jackson- Killebrew House in Mt. Pleasant and built Mt. Pleasant a modern day chapel that bears it name Williams Funeral Home, at 819 North Main Street in Mt. Pleasant and it has been serving the community

There would be many upgrades as well as remodels in the almost 50 years that we inhabited that building and called it home. Most of them taking place after the Blevins family purchased it. The trotwood location was very much considered home to all of us.

On April 17, 2012, the Williams family suffered a tragic fire that destroyed most of the building, however because of the bomb shelter like construction the down stairs of the building mostly survived protecting all of the files as well as many other precious items.

On April 17, 2013, The Blevins Family reopened Williams Funeral Home. The new facility can be seen by clicking here.

Who We Are

Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.

Alan Blevins

Alan Blevins

Chief Executive Officer
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Lauren Ashley Blevins

Lauren Ashley Blevins

Chief Operating Officer/Certified Celebrant
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John A. Blevins

John A. Blevins

Funeral Director
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Kerry Wayne Boshers

Kerry Wayne Boshers

Funeral Director/Family Service Counselor
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Jerry Strahan

Jerry Strahan

Funeral Director
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Jessica R. Clawson

Jessica R. Clawson

Funeral Director & Embalmer
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Gabriel Stanford

Gabriel Stanford

Family Service Counselor
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Paula G. Lindsey

Paula G. Lindsey

Director of Administration
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Jennifer K Reed

Jennifer K Reed

Director of Finance and Legal Affairs
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Melicent Clinkenbeard

Melicent Clinkenbeard

Funeral Director
Bob  Miller

Bob Miller

Funeral Assistant
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Shirley Gail Spears

Shirley Gail Spears

House Affairs
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Delana Lindsey

Delana Lindsey

Cemetery Office Administrator
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Bob Vassar

Bob Vassar

Funeral Assistant
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Jack D. Bailey

Jack D. Bailey

Funeral Assistant
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Barbara Garland

Barbara Garland

Funeral Assistant
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Jane Jones

Jane Jones

Funeral Assistant
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Frank Manning

Frank Manning

Funeral Assistant
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Roland  McKnight

Roland McKnight

Funeral Assistant
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Donna Whitley

Donna Whitley

Funeral Assistant
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Stan Eastep

Stan Eastep

Cemetery Superintendent
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Monty Gilliam

Monty Gilliam

In Loving Memory
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Mary Louise Beckum

Mary Louise Beckum

In Loving Memory
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