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 (Shane) and Brock (Kayla.), and two grandsons, Baylor and Lawson. Greg and Darla 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.
Darren 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
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.
Charles "Chuck" Harris Advanced Funeral Planning Counselor
We are pleased to introduce Charles “Chuck” Harris as our Family Service Director. With several years of pre-planning experience, Chuck brings both care and compassion to our advance planning and aftercare programs.
Having served the industry locally since 2018, Chuck is an asset to the families we serve. Dedicated to your peace of mind, he is always available to help you with any questions you may have regarding Pre-Planning, Medicaid Spend Downs, Irrevocable Trusts, Social Security and Veteran Benefits and Insurance Claims.
Assisting you in any manner possible, Chuck will be a valuable asset to you and your family in the days ahead and while making many important decisions. Rest assured that he will be a true listener, supporter and trusted advisor.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.