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

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

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

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.

C. Marc Rush

C. Marc Rush, Funeral Director-Embalmer


Clifford "Butch" Redmon, Funeral Director

Don  Dixon

Don Dixon, Funeral Director-Embalmer

James A. Staton

James A. Staton, Funeral Director-Embalmer

Joshua S. Edwards

Joshua S. Edwards, Apprentice Funeral Director-Embalmer

Darla  Rush

Darla Rush, Administrative Assistant

Wanda  Redmon

Wanda Redmon, Administrative Assistant

Mason  Holliday

Mason Holliday, Service Assistant

Larry  Davis

Larry Davis, Service Assistant

Tim  Higgs

Tim Higgs, Service Assistant

Dorothy  Cagle

Dorothy Cagle, Service Assistant

Isaac Hicks

Isaac Hicks, Service Assistant

James Vaughn

James Vaughn, Service Assistant

Dale  Moore

Dale Moore, Grave Service

Tammy  Reese

Tammy Reese, Building Services

Matthew A. Connell

Matthew A. Connell, Family Services/Pre-Arrangements