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.
The business that would become the Jim Rush Funeral Homes has been
serving families in Cleveland for over 45 years. For the majority of
those years, since 1963, Jim Rush has been there. Back then, Jim worked
for Ralph Buckner, Sr. as part of the Buckner Funeral Home. Mr. Buckner
sold the business to a Houston, Texas conglomerate in 1973, and Jim
stayed on until 1977 when he and Ralph Buckner, Jr. bought the funeral
homes back. The name of the business then became the Buckner Rush
Funeral Homes. In 1978, Jim Rush took sole ownership of the North Ocoee
and Wildwood Avenue Chapels. In 1993, the business, but not the chapels,
was sold to Prime, a large Funeral Home conglomerate. Jim maintained
ownership and administration of the chapels and was able to bring his
son, Greg, on as General Manager, keeping it a family-run business. In
2003 Jim decided that his family could better serve the community by
taking personal ownership of the Funeral Homes. That's where we are
today. The Jim Rush Funeral Homes are locally-owned and operated by the Jim Rush Family.
Our Valued Staff
Jim Rush, Founder 1938-2013
Born in Rome, Georgia, Jim Rush is a strong, community-minded individual. He was involved in various aspects of law enforcement in our local area, even serving as head of the detective division of the Bradley County Sheriffs Office.
After Graduation from the Cincinnati College of Embalming in 1958 with a degree in Mortuary Science, he took the National Board Exam and the Tennessee State Laws Exam becoming a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in the State of Tennessee. Jim came to work for Ralph Buckner, Sr. in 1963 and remained until gaining sole ownership in 1978. Jim is very active in the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association, serving as President from 1994 to 1995.
Jim and Judy Rush have been married over 50 years and have four children: J. Gregory, Christopher Marc, Kim and Kathi.
Jim and his family are members of the Westmore Church of God.
J. Greg Rush, Owner/Funeral Director
Greg Rush attended Lee University here in Cleveland, Northwest Bible College in Minot, North Dakota, and received his Mortuary Training from Jefferson State Junior College in Birmingham, Alabama. He also served as president of the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association for 2003-2004. He is currently representing the State of Tennesse on the National Funeral Directors Policy Board.
Greg and his wife Darla have two children, Jennifer and Brock. They are also members of the Westmore Church of God.