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About Us

Who we are

Since 1988, we have been honored to deliver healing experiences to the community

We exist to serve the unique needs of every family. Learn our story. Lean on us. And let our expertise lead you through the best experience possible.

What we stand for

Our promise

Today, tomorrow, and forever, our commitment to you stays the same.


Every life is unique, and we promise to honor and respect each journey, crafting ceremonies that reflect each individual.


Navigating grief can be overwhelming; we stand by you, providing direction and solace every step of the way.


Beyond a service, we're committed to helping families create lasting tributes that transcend generations.

Our story

Established in 1988, our funeral home and cemetery has evolved over the years to accommodate the changing needs of our community. Yet our commitment to service remains the same. Even as we modernize our services and facilities, we stay true to our belief that honoring and celebrating life is deeply sacred and personal.


In June of 1988, five Erwin, Tennessee business men, including funeral director Michael D. Peterson, formed a corporation with the purpose of constructing and operating Unicoi County's fourth funeral home. They acquired property on Main Street that had housed an automobile dealership, a tire and appliance center, and later a van conversion center. They immediately began the renovations to make the building suitable for use as a funeral home, including a new roof structure, interior walls, ceilings, carpeting, exterior brick, and paving.


On September third and fourth of that year, just ten weeks after renovation began, an open house hosted several hundred people of the community, and Valley Funeral Home began serving Erwin and the surrounding area. In February of 1989, "The Southern Funeral Director" magazine selected Valley Funeral Home as the month's feature firm. A photograph of the facility appeared on the cover of the publication, and a story with additional photographs were included inside. Valley Funeral Home has a church-type chapel with vaulted ceiling and private family room, offices, and a large reception area.


Since 1992, four years after the opening of the funeral home, Valley Funeral Home became the leading funeral home in Unicoi County. Since the start of Valley Funeral Home in 1988, Valley Funeral Home has been increasingly preferred. In 2002 the funeral home served more families than all other funeral homes in Erwin combined. We are proud to be the funeral home of choice for the families of Erwin and Unicoi County.

Meet the team

Families know they can count on us to provide them the comfort they need when they need it most

Amanda V. Haynes

Amanda V. Haynes

Manager, Licensed Funeral Director and Licensed Embalmer

Jessie C. Stamey

Jessie C. Stamey

Licensed Funeral Director and Licensed Embalmer

Jennifer Howard

Jennifer Howard

Licensed Advanced Planning Specialist

Amber Burgner-Edwards

Amber Burgner-Edwards

Apprentice Funeral Director (Non-Licensed)

Angela L. Shelton

Angela L. Shelton

Administrative Assistant (Non-Licensed)

We're here for you

Where the memory of your loved one can be uniquely celebrated

One-Stop Arrangements

We provide funeral & cremation arrangements and strive to make each step of the process seamless and customized to your needs.

Personalized Services

Every loved one is unique. Celebrate them with ceremonies and tributes that are authentic to the life they lived.

24/7/365 Support Staff

You’re never alone. Our dedicated staff is always available to assist you with making arrangements and finding support.
Real stories from real people

“Amanda and staff were amazing during a sad time of loss for our family. The professionalism shown, and understanding, was a God send. Thank you for your help!!!”

Author: Chad Perry rated with 5 stars
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Join us

Beyond the opportunity to truly make a difference, Valley Funeral Home offers competitive pay, a healthy work-life balance, and many opportunities for growth.

Plan for the future, today

Pre-planning lets your loved ones focus on honoring life instead of hashing out details. Learn the choices you can make now, so a future funeral becomes more of a celebration than a burden.