Amanda V. Edwards Manager/Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Amanda is a proud native of Unicoi County, graduating Unicoi County High School with honors in 2003. She then went to John A. Gupton Mortuary College in Nashville, TN, where she earned an Associates of Arts Degree in Funeral Service. Amanda is married to Christopher L. Bailey. Amanda is the proud mother of two daughters, Madilyn McKenzie and Katie Ann Edwards and the proud step-mother to Lucas Reece and Zoey Ann Bailey. When not working Amanda enjoys being outdoors, being with family, friends, and spending time with her family. She attends Lighthouse Baptist Church. Amanda considers it an honor to serve the families of Unicoi County and surrounding areas, and Valley Funeral Home considers it a privilege to have such a dedicated manager.
Michael D. Peterson, II Family Service Specialist
Michael is a 2004 graduate of Unicoi County High School and is the son of retired Valley Funeral Home Manager, Mike Peterson. He has been affiliated as a part-time associate with Valley Funeral Home since elementary school and currently serves as a Family Service Specialist through Valley Funeral Home and Evergreen Cemetery. He is a member of West Park Street Baptist Church and is married to Kelly Vance Peterson. They have one daughter, Rilee Grace Peterson and one son, Connor Guy Peterson.
Angela L. Shelton Administrative Assistant
Angela grew up in Erwin, TN and graduated from Unicoi County High School in 1991. She attended Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, FL where she majored in Business Administration and Management. In November, 2015, she came back home to Erwin and on April 28, 2016, joined the Heritage family at Valley Funeral Home. Angela attends Erwin Church of God and enjoys photography and spending time with her nieces and nephews. Angela considers it an honor to serve the families of Unicoi County in their time of need.
John Edwards Funeral Assistant
John is a 1987 graduate of Unicoi County High School, and attended Draughons Jr. College, East Tennessee State University and the Church of God School of Ministry. He has been married to Lori Hire-Edwards since 1994, and they have one son, James Ryan and grandsons, Desmond Wyatt and Dakoda James as well as Declan Ryder who is due to arrive in October 2018. John is an Ordained Bishop in the Church of God, having served in many areas of pastoral and pulpit ministry across the state of Tennessee since 1986. He was proud to be selected in 2007 to come home and serve as Senior Pastor at Erwin Church of God. John’s experience in funeral service started here in Erwin in 1988, and continued in several areas of the state as he traveled, ministering the Gospel. “I am honored to extend my ministry to help serve the people of Unicoi County, here at Valley Funeral Home,” John says, “it is a great opportunity to show the love of Christ to families in some of their darkest hours, offering a helping hand, a compassionate ear, and a prayerful heart.” John joined the Valley Funeral Home family in January, 2010.
Amy King Funeral Assistant
Amy has lived most of her life in Unicoi County. She attended Unicoi County High School and completed her GED in 2003. She has been employed at Unicoi Medical Associates for over 11 years. Amy married Jeffrey King in 2005 and they are the proud parents of Tyler and Kayla, and the grandparents of Ryker LeRoy Wyatt. When not working, Amy enjoys spending time with family, especially her grandson, camping, fishing, and crafts. She joined the Valley Funeral Home family in May of 2018.