Amanda V. Bailey Manager/Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Amanda is a proud native of Unicoi County and graduated from 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. She 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 she enjoys being outdoors, being with friends and spending time with her family. She is a member of Good Shepherd 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.
Jessie C. Stamey Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Jessie was born in Leonardtown, Maryland but shortly afterwards moved to Erwin, TN, where she graduated from Unicoi County High School in 2017 with distinction. Immediately after high school she attended John A. Gupton Mortuary College in Nashville, TN where she obtained an Associates Degree in Funeral Service and earned her Cremation License in 2019. Upon completion of mortuary school, she joined the Heritage family as an Apprentice Funeral Director and Apprentice Embalmer at Valley Funeral Home. Jessie is a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Erwin where she was a former Altar Boy. She began her love for the funeral profession while serving with the Unicoi County High School's JR ROTC program. From a young age Jessie has enjoyed being outside and over the years has developed a fondness of gardening, hiking and discovering waterfalls. She also has a love for hot rods. Jessie considers it a great honor to be able to serve the citizens of Unicoi County and the surrounding area.
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 October, 2015, she came back home to Erwin and on April 28, 2016, joined the Heritage family at Valley Funeral Home. Angela is a member of Erwin Church of God and enjoys photography and spending time with her family, especially her nieces and nephews. Angela considers it an honor to serve the families of Unicoi County in their time of need.
John Edwards Family Service Counselor, Evergreen Cemetery
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, they have one son, James Ryan and his wife Cindy, and grandsons, Dakoda, Desmond, and William. An ordained Bishop in the Church of God, John has 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 he initially joined the staff at Valley in 1996. John's work in the funeral service continued in several areas of the state as he traveled, ministering the Gospel. On January 10, 2010 John returned to Valley Funeral Home as a Funeral Assistant. On August 4, 2020 John became the Family Service Councilor at Evergreen Cemetery. “I am honored to extend my ministry to help serve the people of Unicoi County, here at Valley Funeral Home and Evergreen Cemetery, 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.”
Amber Burgner Funeral Assistant
Amber grew up in Chuckey, TN and attended David Crockett High School and Tusculum College. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 2015. Amber is the proud mother of two boys, ages 9 and 4. Her hobbies include playing softball and watching her children compete in Karate Tournaments. Amber joined the Valley Funeral Home family in August, 2018.
Alvin D. Casey Jr. Funeral Assistant
Alvin is a native of Erwin and a 2006 graduate of Unicoi County High School. He is married to Jessica J. Casey and together they are the parents of 3 children, Madison Paige, Bradley Darren and Aubrey Elizabeth Casey. He is a member of Centenary United Methodist Church, where he serves as Youth Leader. Through his service at Centenary, Alvin has enjoyed helping our community with several service projects. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, attending concerts and collecting autographs and memorabilia. Alvin joined the Heritage family at Valley Funeral Home in September 2020 and looks forward to continuing to serve this community with us.
Jennifer Howard Family Service Counselor
Jennifer is a native of Illinois, but has lived in Northeast Tennessee since 2000. She is the mother of three beautiful children. Jennifer joined the Heritage family in 2019 and serves as a great asset to our community and families.