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 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 2013 the Rush Family partnered with Heritage Family Services and that’s where we are at today.  Jim Rush Funeral and Cremation Services is proud to be operated by Greg Rush and the Rush Family.

Our Valued Staff

  • Jim  Rush

    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

    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 (Shane) and Brock (Kayla.), two grandsons, Baylor and Lawson, and a granddaughter, Ava. Greg and Darla are active members of the Westmore Church of God.

  • Darla  Rush

    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

    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.

  • Darrin Douglas

    Darrin Douglas Funeral Director/Insurance Agent

    Darrin became a member of the Rush family in 1995 when he married
    Jim’s youngest daughter Kathi whom he met at Lee University. That
    same year Darrin started working at the funeral home alongside his
    father-in-law and brother-in-law. Upon graduation from Lee he went full-time at the funeral home and obtained his funeral directors license in 1999. He and Kathi have been married for over 25 years, they have five sons, Caleb, Cameron, Collin, Carter and Cole and are active members of North Cleveland Church of God.

    Darrin also spent several years as athletic director and teacher at a private college preparatory school. He has a Bachelor of Science
    degree and is a Licensed Life Insurance agent in the state of

  • Jenna Eve Picou

    Jenna Eve Picou Funeral Director-Embalmer

    Jenna has served families in Cleveland, TN since 2015 and joined the staff in 2020. In 2011, she graduated with her bachelor's degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, LA on a track and cross country scholarship and then in funeral service from the Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service, TX in 2012. Jenna is a duel licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in both Louisiana and Tennessee. She is a member of St. Therese Catholic Church and was called upon by her faith to provide comfort, compassion, guidance and care to families during this most difficult time of need. Outside of the funeral home, Jenna is a whitewater rafting guide on the Ocoee River, licensed in insurance, and an avid runner in her free time. She has four sisters, two brothers, and a cat named Harvey.

  • Kathy Partin

    Kathy Partin Family Service Counselor

    Kathy Land Partin is a 21 year native of Cleveland, Tennessee. She graduated from McMinn Central High School and attended Miller-Motte College and the University of Phoenix, where she studied business management. She is a licensed life insurance agent, with several years of insurance, sales and marketing experience. Kathy has two children and several pets. Her career focus in her position is to help people. Kathy joined our staff in 2021 as a Family Service Counselor. Her duties with us include assisting our families full-time in aftercare consulting and pre-arrangement planning.

  • Judy Satterfield

    Judy Satterfield Administrative Assistant

    Judy, a native of Bradley County, joined the Jim Rush Staff in the fall of 2015. She has 5 children, 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. She is a member of the Clingan Ridge Baptist Church here in Cleveland. Judy is honored by the privilege of serving the families of Bradley County.

  • Dr. Susan  Harper

    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.

  • Mason  Holliday

    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.

  • Brent D Swanson

    Brent D Swanson Funeral Assistant

    Brent D Swanson is a lifelong resident of Cleveland Tennessee. He has a loving wife Shelley Swanson and two beautiful stepchildren. He is of the Church Of God faith. He is a member of the Victory Praise Church of God in Sweetwater, Tennessee. He has traveled with different ministers across the country, spreading the word of God. He has been gifted with the talent for playing the Hammond B3 Organ. Brent is looking forward to serving the Cleveland/Bradley County Community in their time of need.

  • Perry Horner

    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.

  • Harold (Joe) Parker

    Harold (Joe) Parker Funeral Assistant

    Harold (Joe) Parker is a retired Bishop for the Church of God of Prophecy having served in Ohio/West Virginia and Mississippi/Louisiana for 22 years and served in active ministry for 53 years Joe has been married to his wife Gerri for 62 years. He is actively engaged in the Chaplain Ministry of the Peerless Road Church. He and his wife are blessed with 2 children (a Son and a daughter) and 4 grandchildren.

  • Dr. Joseph A Bathe

    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.

  • Robert L Bankston Jr

    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.

  • David King

    David King Funeral Assistant

    David J. King is an Ordained Bishop with the Church of God and just recently retired from pastoring after 39 years. He is married to his loving wife Susan and they have 3 grown children and 7 of the sweetest grandchildren you could ever meet. David is now a Hospice Chaplain and absolutely loves this ministry along with serving at Rush Funeral Home and Cremation as a Funeral Attendant.

    His hobbies are teaching, woodworking and attending every grandchild extra curricular activity. David King admits to being a blessed man and if given the chance he will brag on his Savior and his family.

  • Jim Hibbard

    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.

  • Tammy  Reese

    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.