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

Our History

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.

Our Valued Staff

  • Amanda V. Bailey

    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 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

    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. Valley Funeral Home is honored to have Michael as part of the team, carrying on the Peterson legacy in Unicoi County.

  • Angela L. Shelton

    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

    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, Dakoda James, and William Raymond John. 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 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.

  • Amber Burgner

    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.

  • Stan Huff

    Stan Huff Funeral Assistant

    Stan is a native of Kingston, TN and a graduate of Roane County High School. Stan is a proud veteran of the United States Air Force and is married to Tracy Ollis, of Erwin. He has two sons, E.C and Evan Huff, of Johnson City and one daughter, Amanda Martinez, of Colorado Springs, CO. He is a retired TSSAA official and NCAA Umpire and still enjoys attending sporting events. Stan joined the Valley Funeral Home family in September, 2018.