Our knowledgeable staff are passionate about providing families guidance and support during the funeral planning process and well after the funeral. Together, we can honor your loved one’s life while beginning your grief journey.

 

 

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Preston McKee Owner, Licensed Funeral Director
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Harriet E. Baker Funeral Director
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Shuly Cawood Director of Community Relations
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Calvin W. James Operations Manager, Funeral Director, Embalmer
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Kate Adams Funeral Director, Embalmer
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Kelsey Fahnestöck Funeral Director, Embalmer
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Katie Johnson Funeral Director, Embalmer
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Floyd “Rocky” Saylor Funeral Assistant
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Reneé Garland Business Manager
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Amber Chambers Reception, Administrative Assistant
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Michael Richards Continuing Care Coordinator, Certified Celebrant
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Vickie Berry Executive Assistant
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Charles Wright Funeral Assistant
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Mark Finucane Funeral Assistant
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Jerre Whitson Funeral Assistant
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Judy Ellis Funeral Assistant, Service Musician
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Richard “Rick” Yett Funeral Assistant
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Roy Crane Funeral Assistant
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Phillip McClain Funeral Assistant
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Mary Blackmore Funeral Assistant
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Michael Anglin Funeral Assistant
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Donnie Humphrey Funeral Assistant
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Dylan Holly Funeral Assistant
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Beth Rader Reception, Administrative Assistant
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Lee Malone Funeral Assistant
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Glenn Parris Funeral Assistant
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Kibbi The Morris-Baker Therapy Dog

Preston McKee

Owner, Licensed Funeral Director
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Preston is a third-generation funeral director. He is a lifelong Johnson City resident and the son of Tom McKee and Harriet Baker. He is married to Shuly Cawood. Preston graduated from Science Hill High School and the University of the South. He is a former chair of the Johnson City Area United Way Board of Directors, former member of its Executive Committee. He also served as the 2002 Allocations Committee chair as well as chair of Johnson City’s 2005 United Way Campaign. Preston has served on the Johnson City Salvation Army Advisory Board, and he is currently club secretary for the Johnson City Rotary Club.

Harriet E. Baker

Funeral Director
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Harriet is a native and lifelong resident of Johnson City. She is a graduate of Science Hill High School and East Tennessee State University. She is a member and former elder of the session of First Presbyterian Church, Elizabethton. Harriet is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Johnson City – Washington County Area United Way, and Girls Inc. She has also been active in Habitat for Humanity and the Johnson City Arts Council. Harriet has four children, including Preston McKee, as well as eight grandchildren.

Shuly Cawood

Director of Community Relations
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Originally from Ohio, Shuly is married to Preston McKee. She has a master’s degree from Queens University and has worked in the communications field for her entire career. She is also a certified funeral celebrant. Shuly serves on the board of Girls Inc. of Johnson City/Washington County and on the board of the Friends of the Johnson City Public Library.

Calvin W. James

Operations Manager, Funeral Director, Embalmer
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Calvin is a Paintsville, Kentucky native who has lived in Johnson City since joining Morris-Baker in 1999. He is a graduate of Paintsville High School and the Mid-America College of Funeral Service (Jeffersonville, Indiana). Calvin is a member of Heritage Baptist Church, and in the past, he has been involved with the Jaycees, Masons, and Lions Club. He is an avid magician who specializes in working with children. Calvin is married and has two daughters.

Kate Adams

Funeral Director, Embalmer
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Kate joined Morris-Baker in 2014 as an apprentice and has since become a fully licensed staff member, and she also now oversees our monthly widow/widower gatherings. Originally from Chicago, she graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science. In her free time, Kate likes to travel to places in the region—Asheville, Pigeon Forge, Chattanooga—and she loves to take walks with her dog and to go hiking.

Kelsey Fahnestöck

Funeral Director, Embalmer
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Kelsey Fahnestöck has been with Morris-Baker since 2017. Originally from Illinois, she has an associate’s degree in applied science and art from Illinois Central College as well as a degree in mortuary science from Worsham College. In her free time, she enjoys drawing, reading, collecting art and comics, cooking, baking, and being outside.

Katie Johnson

Funeral Director, Embalmer
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Katie Johnson began working with Morris-Baker in 2018. Originally from Minnesota, she has an associate’s degree from Normandale Community College and a bachelor of science degree in mortuary science from the University of Minnesota. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering to help animal rescues, shelters, and sanctuaries. She also likes travel, hiking, horseback riding, and spending time with her daughter and the rest of her family and friends.

Floyd “Rocky” Saylor

Funeral Assistant
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Rocky grew up in Johnson City and is a graduate of Daniel Boone HS. He and his family live in Jonesborough, and he is a member of the Maranatha Tabernacle Church in Unicoi. In his free time, he enjoys singing Southern Gospel, and he likes watching college football and the NFL.

Reneé Garland

Business Manager
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Reneé Garland has been with Morris-Baker for over 15 years. Having grown up in Unicoi, she graduated from Unicoi County High School and later from East Tennessee State University. She is a member of the Unicoi Baptist Church, where she enjoys contributing to its music and youth programs. She is also a member of her family’s (the Bryants’) bluegrass group. In her free time, she enjoys cooking/catering, playing guitar, reading, gardening, swimming, bicycling, hiking, and traveling.

Amber Chambers

Reception, Administrative Assistant
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Michael Richards

Continuing Care Coordinator, Certified Celebrant
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Originally from Tampa, Florida, Mike Richards has lived in Johnson City for nearly a decade, and he has worked with Morris-Baker since 2012. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida. Mike worked in the ministry for nearly twenty years, and he’s now involved with the Grace Gospel Church and is also a certified celebrant. Married and with seven children, Mike enjoys hunting, grilling out with his family and friends, and meeting new people.

Vickie Berry

Executive Assistant
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Vickie Berry grew up locally and is a graduate of Unaka High School and East Tennessee State University. She has worked at Morris-Baker since 2011 and has spent her career focused on administrative management. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Bobby, and her daughter, Emilee. She also enjoys cooking, baking, boating at Watauga Lake with her family, and gardening.

Charles Wright

Funeral Assistant
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Charles has been a resident of Johnson City for all of his life, and he has been with Morris-Baker Funeral Home for over 25 years. Retired from the Tennessee Department of Safety, Charles is a US Army Veteran. He and his wife, Betty, attend Piney Flats First Baptist Church.

Mark Finucane

Funeral Assistant
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Originally from Buffalo, New York, Mark Finucane moved South to attend ETSU and never left. He lives in Johnson City with his wife. Mark is retired from the Johnson City Fire Department, where he served as assistant chief. He is involved with the United Way of Washington County, Up & At’Em Inc., ETSU Biological/Chemical Safety Committee, and the City of Johnson City Golf Advisory Board. In his free time, Mark enjoys physical fitness, travel, golf, reading, and watching sports.

Jerre Whitson

Funeral Assistant
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Having grown up in Jonesborough, Jerre Whitson has now lived in Johnson City for over four decades with his wife. He served in the United States Air Force. Jerre likes to sing and was involved with the Appalachian (Barbershop) Express. He is a member of the Piney Flats First Baptist Church.

Judy Ellis

Funeral Assistant, Service Musician
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Born and raised in Johnson City, Judy Ellis is now retired from the Washington County Department of Education, where she worked for over three decades. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, exploring Asheville, cooking, playing the piano and organ, and she is the organist at Gray United Methodist Church.

Richard “Rick” Yett

Funeral Assistant
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Rick Yett grew up in Jonesborough and still lives there. Now retired from his caeer with the U.S. Postal Service, Rick enjoys gardening, growing a lot of his family’s food, yard and outdoor work, metal detecting, computer gaming, reading, and spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.

Roy Crane

Funeral Assistant
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Originally from Johnson City, Roy Crane has lived in Jonesborough for over three decades and is married. Now retired from Pet Dairy, he enjoys fishing and being on the water and any outdoor activity.

Phillip McClain

Funeral Assistant
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A graduate of ETSU, Phillip has been a resident of Johnson City for over 40 years, and he has been working at Morris-Baker since 2010. He served in the Navy, and he retired from Valleydale Foods as a regional sales manager after 24 years. He has served on the Washington County School Board member since 2004, and Phillip and his wife are members of the Wesley United Methodist Church, the Telford Cemetery Association, and the Disabled American Veterans through volunteer services at Mountain Home. Phillip also volunteers for the Storytelling Festival every year.

Mary Blackmore

Funeral Assistant
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Michael Anglin

Funeral Assistant
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Donnie Humphrey

Funeral Assistant
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Dylan Holly

Funeral Assistant
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Beth Rader

Reception, Administrative Assistant
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Lee Malone

Funeral Assistant
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Glenn Parris

Funeral Assistant
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Kibbi

The Morris-Baker Therapy Dog
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Kibbi has been certified through Therapy Dogs International to work with families who need a little extra comfort. In her free time, Kibbi loves walking, hiking, swimming, making friends with cats, and chasing the ball.