Our Caring Staff

We understand how difficult it is to lose a loved one. Our compassionate and caring team works hard each and every day to make sure that the members of our community and beyond are taken care of during such a difficult time. For advice on what to do when a loved one is dying, making funeral arrangements, pre-arranging your own funeral, or anything else, please feel free to contact us, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We promise to work with you and your family in your time of need to create the perfect memorial service for your loved one. We will be here for you today, as well as tomorrow.


Preston McKee, President & Licensed Funeral Director

Email: [email protected]

Office Phone: (423) 282-1521   Fax: (423) 282-5258

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 a member of the Johnson City Rotary Club and the United Way of Washington County, TN Board of Directors.

 


Harriet E. Baker, Funeral Director

Email: [email protected]

Office Phone: (423) 282-1521 Fax: (423) 282-5258

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 Shuly Cawood, Director of Community Relations 

Email: [email protected]

Office Phone: (423) 262-5246  Fax: (423) 282-5258

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. In her free time, she enjoys creative writing and gardening.


Calvin W. James, Operations Manager, Funeral Director, & Embalmer

Email: [email protected]

Office Phone: (423) 282-1521  Fax: (423) 282-4061

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

Email: [email protected]

Office Phone: (423) 282-1521  Fax: (423) 282-4061

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.


Floyd “Rocky” Saylor, Funeral Assistant

Email: [email protected]

Office Phone: (423) 282-1521  Fax: (423) 282-4061

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 

Email: [email protected]

Office Phone: (423) 282-1523  Fax: (423) 282-4061

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

Email: [email protected]

Office Phone: (423) 282-1521  Fax: (423) 282-4061


Michael Richards, Continuing Care Coordinator & Certified Celebrant

Email: [email protected]

Office Phone: (423) 282-1521  Fax: (423) 282-5258

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.


Lee Malone, Funeral Assistant

Nancy Beach, Organist

Office Phone: (423) 282-1521  Fax: (423) 282-5258

Nancy has been staff organist at Morris-Baker Funeral home for 25 years. She and her husband, Dr. Ted A. Beach are members of the Central Baptist Church in Johnson City and are active in the community.


Judy Ellis, Funeral Assistant & Service Musician

Richard “Rick” Yett, Funeral Assistant

Phillip McClain, Funeral Assistant

Office Phone: (423) 282-1521  Fax: (423) 282-5258

Phillip has been a resident of Johnson City for over 30 years and has been a Washington County Board member for 10 years.  He is active in the Telford United Methodist Church.


Darrell Maupin, Funeral Assistant

Office Phone: (423) 282-1521  Fax: (423) 282-5258

Darrell is retired from the Johnson City Fire Department.  He is currently the music director at Southside Baptist Church in Johnson City.


Charles Wright, Funeral Assistant

Office Phone: (423) 282-1521  Fax: (423) 282-5258

Charles has been been a resident of Johnson City for all of his life.  He has been with with Morris-Baker Funeral Home for 22 years.  He is retired from the Tennessee Department of Safety, is a US Army Veteran, and has a BS degree in business.  Charles is married to his wife Betty.  They attend Piney Flats First Baptist Church and have been in sound ministry for over 30 years.


Paul Kelley Paul Kelley, Funeral Assistant

Vickie Berry Vickie Berry, Executive Assistant

Email: [email protected]

Office Phone: (423) 282-1521  Fax: (423) 282-4061

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.


Donnie Humphrey, Funeral Assistant

Michael Anglin, Funeral Assistant

Glenn Parris, Funeral Assistant

Mark Finucane, Funeral Assistant