Jim Rush Founder 1938-2013
Born in Rome, Georgia, Jim Rush was 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 went to work for Ralph Buckner, Sr. in 1963 and remained until gaining sole ownership in 1978. Jim was very active in the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association, serving as President from 1994 to 1995.
Jim and Judy Rush were 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 Funeral Director-Embalmer
Greg has served alongside his dad since 1978, becoming a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in 1986. He received his mortuary training from Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham, AL. Greg received high honors when he was elected by colleagues to serve as president of the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association for 2003-2004. He is also a past member of the National Funeral Directors Policy Board and remains active with the state association and a sought after funeral professional.
Outside of the funeral home, Greg is an avid golfer. Greg and his wife Darla have two children, Jennifer and Brock (Kayla.) They are active members of the Westmore Church of God.
Darla Rush Administrative Assistant
Darla has been married to Greg Rush for 30+ years and has been very supportive and active in the family owned business, where she came to work full time in 2004. Before she joined her husband, she previously worked in banking and for the Bradley County School System. Darla and her family are members of the Westmore Church of God. She loves her community and family.
C. Marc Rush Funeral Director-Embalmer
Marc joined his dad, Jim, and brother, Greg, in the family owned business in 1979. In 1984 he graduated with a mortuary degree where he received his training from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, GA. After completing his training, he became a dual licensed Funeral Director-Embalmer in 1985 in the state of Tennessee. Marc and his wife Tina have three children, Bailey, Matthew and Olivia. He and his family attend the First Baptist Church of Cleveland. Marc is an avid golfer and racquetball ball player.
Don Dixon Funeral Director/Embalmer
Don has been a member of our staff since 2005. He has been a licensed Funeral Director-Embalmer since 1982, after completing his mortuary training at Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, GA; yet he has 35+ years of experience in the funeral business. Don is licensed in both Tennessee and Georgia. He and his wife Pam attend the Cloverleaf Baptist Church in Cleveland.
Mason Holliday Funeral Assistant
Reverend Mason Holliday has been part of our staff since 2000 providing care and hope to families in their time of loss. Before joining the Jim Rush team, he pastored churches in Summerville and Chatsworth, GA. He was also blessed to have a radio ministry for many years. He is the proud husband of Rena Holliday.
Tim Higgs Funeral Assistant -Part Time
Tim has been a part of our staff for nearly 15 years. He and his wife Polly attend the Samples Memorial Baptist Church. Tim serves as a full time Deputy Sherriff in Hamilton County. He also owns and operates Higgs Handyman Services in Cleveland and is an avid hunter.
Jim Hibbard Funeral Assistant-Part Time
Jim recently joined the Jim Rush staff after moving to Cleveland from Indianapolis, Indiana. He has served as pastor and in various other positions with the Church of God for more than 47 years. He and his wife, Pat, have three children and eight grandchildren, with one deceased. Jim loves to golf and being with the love of his life, Pat. He has more than ten years experience in the funeral business and is looking forward to serving the Cleveland/Bradley County community.
Craig R Dumont Funeral Assistant-Part Time
Craig has been involved in ministry for 35 years, including serving as the pastor of Okemos Christian Center in Michigan for 20 years. He now creates educational resources for pastors and churches through Dominion Leadership Network.
Dr. Susan Harper After Care-Family Support
Dr. Harper, better known as Chaplain Harper, has brought support, care and love to grieving families of Cleveland and Bradley County for years. She has been a member of the Jim Rush staff since 1993. She received her Doctorate of Ministry from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary, here in Cleveland, TN; earned her Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Master of Science in Family Community Health Nursing from Nell Hodgson School of Nursing at Emory University in Atlanta, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Nell Hodgson School of Nursing at Emory University in Atlanta.
Outside of serving the families entrusted to Jim Rush Funeral Homes she also cares for families as a Hospice Chaplain with "Family Hospice" in Cleveland, TN and is a past clinical member of the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education and is licensed as an ordained Church of God minister.
Dr. Harper also facilitates our Grief Support Group meetings held every first and third Tuesday night of the month at the Old Fort Restaurant in Cleveland, TN.
Dale Moore Grave Service
Dale has been serving the families of Cleveland and Bradley County for nearly 30 years providing assistance in the cemetery. Dale is married to Kim and together they are members of the Kinser Church of God.
Tammy Reese Building Services
Tammy has been a part of our team, caring for our facilities, for 10 years. She and her husband Mike, of 30+ years, have one son, Jonathan. Tammy and her family are members of the South Cleveland Church of God.
Judy Hooker Administrative Assistant
Judy, a native of Bradley County, joined the Jim Rush Staff in the fall of 2015. She and her husband, David Cochran, have 5 children, 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. They are members of the Clingan Ridge Baptist Church here in Cleveland. Judy is honored by the privilege of serving the families of Bradley County.
Rick Smith Family Services Counselor
Richard was born in Bowling Green, KY. He is the third of four children and his parents are pastors to this day. He is happily married to a wonderful, Christian woman, Carolyn. They have three boys and their first grandson was born at on March 3rd, 2016. Richard has recently returned to seminary to pursue his PhD in Theology.
Perry Horner Funeral Assistant
Perry is a retired graphic designer for the Church of God of Prophecy International Offices and currently assists the Awakening America Alliance as a volunteer designer. He has served as a deacon for their local church more than 30 years and is a former board member for New Hope Pregnancy Care. He is involved with nursing home and ecumenical prayer ministries in the community as well as a member of The Gideons International. His servant heart is well known by many and is clearly demonstrated in a variety of avenues. Perry's and Kay's daughter Emily, her husband Kirk, and their granddaughter Lillian Rose reside in Cleveland, Tennessee. Their son Ben is a graphic designer and counselor in Chattanooga.
James "Jim" Swafford Funeral Assistant
Jim is a life-long resident of Bradley County, growing up in the Hopewell Community. He attended Hopewell Elementary School and graduated from Bradley High School.
His parents were Ellis and Evelyn Swafford.
Jim is married to Frances Swafford, they have one son James Brian Swafford, Daughter-in-law Patty Swafford. He and Frances have two grandchildren, Cody and Courtney Swafford who gives him much joy.
An active member of First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Cleveland, serving as an Elder, Sunday School Superintendent and former Church Treasurer.
Jim retired from Cleveland Express Inc. after 43 years, working in accounting.
Jim and Frances have worked in the funeral business over fifteen years, they see this as a ministry.
Frances Swafford Funeral Assistant
Frances is a life-long resident of Bradley County, growing up in the Prospect Community. She attended Prospect Elementary School and graduated from Bradley High School.
Her parents were G.H. (Bert) Murray and Geneva Murray.
Frances is married to James (Jim) Swafford, they have one son James Brian Swafford, daughter-in-law Patty Graham Swafford. She and Jim have two grandchildren Cody and Courtney Swafford, who are the joys of their life.
Frances is an active member of First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Cleveland, serving as an Elder, Women's Ministry Leader, Worship Committee and sings in Choir.
Frances and Jim have worked in the funeral business over fifteen years, the see this as a ministry.
Dr. Joseph A Bathe Funeral Assistant
Dr. Bathe has served in full-time Christian ministry for over 50 years which includes pastorates in NC, FL, TN, KY, LA, and OH. In addition, he and his wife, Evelyn, served as national evangelists, ministering in 30 states. Dr. Bathe has served as a Bible college instructor, in various youth ministry positions which included directing youth camps and in media-related ministries. He has experience in business and served as a church executive business administrator and has been a keynote speaker for seminars, conferences, and men's retreats. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. Dr. Bathe holds a Doctor of Ministries Degree in Pastoral Studies from Covington Theological Seminary. He is presently serving as the director of the small group ministry of his local church and volunteers in the chaplain ministry of the church. He and his wife have one son, Jonathan, who is married and lives in Lynchburg, VA. They are the proud grandparents of Brooklyn and Jackson.
Alex Rosario Funeral Assistant
Alex was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Orlando, FL where he lived for 26 years. He moved to Tennessee in 2003 with his family. Alex has worked for Coca-Cola for in Florida and Tennessee for a totals of 23 years. He has been married to his wife, Francine, for 23 years and they have three daughters, Kerina, Alyssa, and Gina. His favorite hobbies are airplanes, tent camping, and watching movies.
Jerry C. Elder Funeral Assistant
Jerry has bee married to his wife, Jerri for 48 years. They have three adult children, Julie, Karla, and Dustin, and two wonderful grandchildren, Sloan and Hope. Jerry grew up in Flint, Michigan and attended Northwest Bible College in Minot, North Dakota. He is a huge University of Michigan football fan.
Robert L Bankston Jr Funeral Assistant
Robert has a daughter, Christy and a son, Christopher, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He grew up in Cleveland, TN and attended Liberty University. Robert has pastored churches in GA, NC, and TN, and is currently pastor at Soaring Eagle Ministry Center, in Cleveland. He loves hiking, bowling, fishing and camping. He enjoys the call to ministry and has a compassion for the hurting. He enjoys life and being a blessing to others.
Benjamin C. Sheeler Funeral Assistant