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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 company history began over 60 years ago with the founding of the North Funeral Home in Elizabethton, Tennessee. When it was sold to Donald W. Tetrick, Sr., it became the first Tetrick Funeral Home. Donald W. Tetrick, Sr. operated the funeral home by himself until 1968, when he was joined in the business by his son, Richard Tetrick.

The Tetrick’s commitment to compassionate personal service allowed the family to expand, by 1990, the Tetricks operated ten funeral homes in the tri-state area.

We officially became Heritage Family Funeral Services in 1991, and continued to bring other funeral homes into the association. In April of 1993, we opened a crematory at Oakley-Cook Funeral Home in Bristol, TN, and in 1995 added divisions that provide our client families with a wide array of choices in cemetery monuments and burial vaults.

In January of 2000, we answered a pressing client need with the opening of what is now known as Adored Pets Crematory in Elizabethton, Tennessee.. 

Today, with our network of local, community-involved funeral homes, crematory, pet crematory, vault and monument providers, and conveniently located memorial parks, we are proud to offer our clients the utmost in caring, complete funeral services.

Heritage Family Funeral Services, Inc. is dedicated to providing quality funeral and cemetery service, clean, comfortable facilities, and continued growth through acquisition of high quality funeral homes and cemeteries that resemble our methods of operation.


Our Valued Staff

Richard Tetrick

Richard Tetrick, Chief Executive Officer / President

Richard Tetrick is the third generation of his family to be a funeral director. He started working in his family business at the age of 16. He is an active member of First United Methodist Church of Elizabethton and the Elizabethton Rotary Club. He serves as a board member and secretary of Citizens Bank of the Tri-Cities. Richard has been a member and chairman of the Tennessee Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers and is a former director and secretary-treasurer of Selected Independent Funeral Homes. Richard has been married to Norma Greene Tetrick since 1972. They have one son and daughter-in-law, Tyler and Terina Tetrick both of whom are active in the family business and are funeral directors.


Tyler Tetrick

Tyler Tetrick, President - Heritage Family Cemetery

Tyler Tetrick is the son of Richard and Norma Tetrick and represents the fourth generation of licensed funeral directors in the Tetrick family. He is married to Terina Tetrick who is also a licensed funeral director for Tetrick Funeral Home and he formerly practiced as a licensed CPA in the State of Tennessee. Tyler is also a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Elizabethton, is a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow, and is the current president of the Cemetery Association of Tennessee. Tyler and Terina are members of Munsey United Methodist Church of Johnson City and serve on multiple charitable boards throughout the community.


Renee Lockhart

Renee Lockhart, Vice-President / Chief Financial Officer


Mark Aaroen

Mark Aaroen, Vice-President / Chief Operations Officer

Mark Aaroen has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer for 28 years, and has an extensive background in operations management and staff development having managed firms of various sizes throughout his career. Mark has held membership in several professional organizations including, the National Funeral Director Association and Selected Independent Funeral Homes. Mark is married to Marcy Aaroen and they have three sons. Mark and Marcy are members of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Johnson City, TN.


Paula A Akers

Paula A Akers, Human Resources Administrator

Paula joined Heritage Family Management in 2013. In her current position as HR Administrator, Paula is responsible for the management and administration of company policies, benefits administration, and overseeing human resources activities. Paula is married to David Akers and has two sons, Eric and Justin, and a grandson, Eric Jr. Paula resides in Piney Flats, TN and enjoys time on the lake with family and friends.


Gail Bradley

Gail Bradley, Accounts Payable


Lisa H. Blevins

Lisa H. Blevins, Accounting Clerk

Lisa graduated from ETSU in 1993 with a degree in computer science. She has worked for Heritage since 1997. She attends Bible Baptist Church and lives in Elizabethton with her husband, David and sweet dog, Lowla.


Jessica L McDonough

Jessica L McDonough, Accounting Clerk

Jessica graduated from Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio in 2009. She worked in Columbus until deciding to move to East Tennessee. She recently married a remarkable Stoney Creek resident, Ezra Jacob Brummitt and they bought a house in Bristol, TN. Together, they enjoy traveling, driving and hiking the mountains with their dog, and caving.


Barbara Doyle

Barbara Doyle, Assistant Controller

Barbara grew up in Blountville, TN, and resides in Johnson City. She is married to husband, Jimmy Doyle, and has a 22 year old daughter, Megan. Barbara loves animals. She has 2 dogs and a cat. Barbara and her husband attend Central Church of Christ in Johnson City.


Terina Tetrick

Terina Tetrick, Special Projects Coordinator

Terina Tetrick grew up in Jacksonville, Illinois. She graduated from John A. Gupton in Nashville, TN where she graduated top of her class and began working with Heritage in 2008 as a licensed funeral director and embalmer. Terina is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She is married to Tyler Tetrick who is also a licensed funeral director.


Chad Sams

Chad Sams, I.T. Manager

Chad is from Elizabethton and currently resides in Johnson City, TN. He graduated from East Tennessee State University with a degree in Computer Science, and has been working for Heritage Family since 2004. In his current position as IT Manager, Chad provides technical support to Heritage Family offices, so each location can better serve and take care of their families. Chad is the proud uncle of a niece and several nephews. He also is active in his church, Grace Fellowship, in Johnson City, TN.