Bob Arrington Founder, President, Funeral Director/Embalmer
Bob is a licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer, Certified Crematory Operator, and a licensed Pre-Need Counselor. He began his funeral service career at the age of seven years old at Bodkin Funeral Home in Milan. When his grandfather died in 1963, he found himself interested in funeral service. A neighbor owned the local funeral home and Bob would leave school every afternoon and go to the funeral home, then ride home with his neighbor. His weekends were spent at the funeral home.
Bob’s family moved to Jackson in 1970 and he immediately went to work at a local funeral home. Bob graduated from Jackson-Central Merry High School in 1974, and from John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science in Nashville in 1979.
He founded Arrington Funeral Directors in 1995. In 1996, he started Corporate Funeral Providers in conjunction with Homesteaders Life Company as the only payroll deduction funeral funding product on the market. In 1997, an on-site crematory was added, the only crematory in Jackson.
On the state level, Bob has served as President of the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association and President of the Tennessee State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers, a position that is appointed by the Governor and oversees the licensing and complaints within funeral service. Nationally, he started and is currently serving as the Tennessee State Honor Fund Leader for the Funeral Service Foundation.
In 2015, Bob was elected President of the National Funeral Directors Association and is the only Tennessean to hold that honor. He was chairman for the National Funeral Directors Association’s Operations Committee Governance Work Group, and served on the Audit Committee, Budget Committee, Spokesperson team, and the Headquarters Operations Committee. Bob served two terms as Chair for the Funeral Service Foundation, is a member of the Heritage Club, and a board member of The National Museum of Funeral Service History.
He represented the NFDA in the documentary “Death, It’s A Living”, shown on CNBC.
Also involved in the local community, Bob served as secretary of the Jackson Country Club for over 20 years. Currently, he is a member of the Old Hickory Rotary Club, serves on the board of the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce, and is Co-Chair of Friends of Heart, a fund of the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation.
Bob is married to Judy Leathers Arrington and is the dad to Gracie, the company’s Certified Therapy Dog. They are members of Englewood Baptist Church.
Charles Rahm General Manager, Funeral Director/Embalmer
Charles is a licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer, Certified Crematory Operator, and a licensed Pre-Need Counselor, having served families in and around West Tennessee for over 40 years. Growing up in Jackson, Charles graduated from North Side High School and John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science in Nashville. He also studied business/management at Union University in Jackson. Charles serves as general manager of Arrington Funeral Directors.
On the state level, he served on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association from 2009-2015 and is Past President of the Tennessee State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers, a position that is appointed by the Governor and oversees the licensing and complaints within funeral service. He remains a member of that board.
Locally, he was elected to the Jackson City Council for the Eighth District and served for a total of 16 years.
Charles is married to Laura Johnston Rahm and has two children: Charles Rahm, Jr., Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, who lives in Memphis with his wife, Kimber, and Elizabeth Rahm, Pharmacy Manager with TriStar Summit Medical Center in Nashville. He is a proud "Pop" to Brenna Lynn Rahm.
A member of Skyline Church of Christ, Charles enjoys local politics and community affairs, family time, golf, hunting, and water sports.
Joseph Lane Funeral Director, Certified Crematory Operator
Joseph is a licensed Funeral Director and Certified Crematory Operator.
He graduated from Henderson State University with a degree in Psychology and received his Master’s in War Studies from Ft. Leavenworth. Joseph has been a Licensed Funeral Director since 1985.
Joseph served in various positions in the Army and served in Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He retired in 2012 with 28 years of military service with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Locally, Joseph served as President of the Kiwanis Club, is an advisory board member of the Ayers Therapy and Learning Center for Children, and is Senior Vice Commander of the VFW Post 6496. On the state level, he is a member of Tennessee Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.
Joseph is married to Jennifer and has two grown children, Brandon, a Sergeant First Class with the Active Tennessee Guard Operations and wife Christa, and Michelle Vinson and husband, Bryan, a Marines Corporal. He is a proud "Pappy" to his grandchildren.
He is a member of First Baptist Church, where he serves as vice president for the choir. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and restoring old cars.
Sarah-Ashley Medling Funeral Director/Embalmer, Certified Crematory Operator
Sarah-Ashley is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer and a Certified Crematory Operator with over a decade of experience in funeral service.
She graduated from John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science in 2013 and completed an apprenticeship with Williamson & Spring Hill Memorial Funeral Homes in 2014.
Over the past years, Sarah-Ashley has served as Funeral Director at funeral homes in Medina and Huntingdon. She is also a member of the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.
Sarah-Ashley is married to Colin Medling and together they have two children, Corbin and Sloan. They live in Gibson County and attend Main Street Church of Christ in Milan. In their free time, they love to have “Family Days,” spending time together as a family doing fun activities.
Roger Bates Funeral Director/Embalmer, Certified Crematory Operator
Roger is a licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer, Certified Crematory Operator, and our Military Veterans' Liaison with over 20 years of experience. Born in Ripley, TN, he recently relocated back here from Middle Tennessee to be closer to his family.
Roger graduated form John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science in 1991, and from Middle Tennessee State University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. He also graduated from the Tennessee 117th Regional Training Institute's Officer Candidate School.
Roger served in the U.S. Navy for 10 years and the Tennessee Army National Guard for over four years.
In his personal time, he enjoys boating, fishing, and most outdoor activities.
Dick Arrington Pre-Need Counselor
Dick joined Arrington Funeral Directors in 2010 as a licensed Pre-Need Counselor. Raised in Milan, he graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a degree in music education. He was the band director at Jackson-Central Merry High School from 1970-1972.
Spending most of his career in sales, Dick was Vice President for FenceMaster, National Accounts Manager for Master Halco, and National Accounts Manager for Stephens Pipe and Steel. He is married to Jan Arrington, a 30-year teacher at North Side High School, has four children and twelve grandchildren.
Dick is an active member at Northside Church, having served on various committees. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, listening to music, and reading about historical events.
Judy Arrington Community Relations
Judy was born and raised in Jackson, graduating from Jackson-Central Merry High School and Union University. Her degrees are in psychology/sociology and nursing, and she worked as a registered nurse for 36 years.
Judy is passionate about women and children’s health issues and spent 20 years with the Women & Children’s Center at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital as a RN Community Educator.
She was instrumental in starting the Perinatal Bereavement Program at the hospital and worked closely with Heaven’s Cradle, a fund of the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation, by supporting fundraising efforts such as the annual Twilight Run.
Since retiring from the nursing field, Judy found another passion alongside her husband Bob at their family business, where she now serves as Community Relations Coordinator. She is a Certified Perinatal and Adult Bereavement Counselor through Resolve Through Sharing and a Certified Aftercare Specialist through the International Grief Institute.
She serves on the board for Heaven's Cradle, is a member of the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Committee, the Community Action Committee of the West Tennessee Heart of the South Girl Scouts, and the National Alliance of Grieving Children.
Judy is married to Bob and the mom to Gracie, the company’s Certified Therapy Dog. Judy and Bob are members of Englewood Baptist Church.
Barry Fulghum Facilities Manager
Barry was born in Jackson and graduated from North Side High School. After graduation, he joined the United States Air Force, serving 21 years as an Ophthalmology Technician stationed around the United States and Germany.
Barry returned to Jackson and started Quick Fix Home Repair, where he worked for 23 years before retiring. He has been helping Arrington Funeral Directors for more than ten years and officially joined the company in 2019 as Facilities Manager.
Barry is married to Linda, has two daughters, and is “Grampy” to five grandchildren. He is an active member at Northside Church, and has spent many years working with Habitat for Humanity.
Michael Martin Building Maintenance/Fleet Supervisor
Mike was born in California and moved to Benton County, TN when he was 12 years old, graduating from Camden High School in 1978. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy as an Operations Specialist, serving for 7 years; he was stationed in Pearl Harbor and deployed overseas several times aboard the USS Joseph Strauss.
Mike returned to Tennessee after his service needed, working in several fields, including a five-year position as cemetery maintenance superintendent. During this time, he worked with many local funeral directors on a daily basis, and in 2021, Mike joined Arrington Funeral Directors as Building Maintenance and Fleet Supervisor.
Mike has two daughters and one son and is "Pappy" to 10 grandchildren. He currently resides in Milan, TN and is a member at Calvary Baptist Church of Humboldt.
Rev. Ron F. Hale Ministry and Church Outreach
Ron was born and raised in Jackson and graduated from South Side High School. He graduated from Union University after becoming a Christian and sensing a new direction to become a pastor.
After serving on the pastoral staff of West Jackson Baptist Church for 12 years, Ron retired at the end of 2018. He continues in ministry by preaching, writing, and serving at Arrington Funeral Directors in Ministry and Church Outreach.
Ron has worked in Illinois as the Associate Executive Director for Illinois Baptists (SBC); in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as Director of Missions; and in the Olathe-Overland Park area of Kansas City as a pastor and director of church planting.
“Victory Over Death: Funeral Messages of Hope and Healing” is a newly published book Ron has been working on with area pastors as a resource of funeral messages.
He and his wife Yvonne have one son, Jason, who lives and works in sales in the Tampa, Florida area. They are members of West Jackson Baptist Church and Ron has been a part of local ministries at JACOA and the Hartland Place Apartment Ministry.
Rev. Chuck Maxwell Aftercare Minister
Chuck is originally from Millington, Tennessee, but made his home in Jackson after graduating from Union University in 1980.
Until 1994, Chuck ministered to local churches around the country as an itinerant artist and speaker. He and his family helped plant Northbrook Church in Three Way, Tennessee, where he served in various roles of leadership for 27 years. Chuck recently transitioned from his role as lead pastor and is serving at Arrington Funeral Directors as Aftercare Minister. He is a Certified Aftercare Specialist through the International Grief Institute.
He is married to Ann, an oncology registered nurse with Kirkland Cancer Center. They have two children and four grandchildren. He loves to write songs, play golf, and keep up with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Rev. Mike Sellers Minister/Funeral Assistant
Mike was raised in Milan, graduating Magna Cum Laude in Organizational Leadership from Union University.
Mike has worked at Jones Manufacturing and Apria Healthcare. He is a Licensed and Ordained Minister, currently serving at Chapel Hill Baptist Church as the Senior Adult Pastor and Minister to new members and at Arrington Funeral Directors as a Funeral Assistant.
He is married to Roberta (Boo) and has one son, Brady. Other family members include King, a black German Shepherd and Blue, a Blue Nose Pitbull. The Sellers love the outdoors, the beach, and fellowship with others.
Vanessa Tanner Embalming Assistant
Vanessa was born in Memphis, TN and raised in Jackson, where she graduated from South Side High School. In 2021, she graduated from American Intercontinental University, graduating Magna Cum Laude, earning her Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, specializing in Forensic Science. She is also a graduate of the Death Investigation Training Academy in Cuba, MO and is a certified Medicolegal Death Investigator.
In her spare time, she enjoys creating gourmet coffee and baked treats, as she is trained and certified as a barista by North Pole Coffee Roasting Co. Also, she is an enthusiastic animal lover and experienced pet groomer. Vanessa has spent many hours working animal rescue missions and donation collections and is currently an active volunteer in the community. She joined Arrington Funeral Directors in 2021 as an Embalming Assistant.
She is married to Tommy and they are parents to three dogs (Taylor, Lena, & Trypp) and two cats (Frazier & Tia).
Gracie Arrington Certified Therapy Dog/Grief Counselor
Gracie, an Australian Labradoodle was born at Meadow Park Labradoodles and Labradors near Indianapolis, Indiana, on June 21, 2018. She works at Arrington Funeral Directors as a Certified Therapy Dog/Grief Counselor. Gracie is certified through the American Kennel Club’s Alliance of Therapy Dogs and has her Canine Good Citizenship title.
As a newborn, Gracie was exposed to noises (sirens, thunder, whistles, etc.), so not to be afraid when she got older. At ten weeks old, she passed a full evaluation of 20 behavioral characteristics to become a certified therapy dog. Two weeks later, she went to live with her trainer from Ultimate Canine Dog Trainers in Indiana for three months.
The week after Thanksgiving in 2018, she and her trainer came to Jackson, already knowing 30 commands, house trained, and had visited more than 200 people, many at children’s hospitals, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes.
Gracie is hypo-allergenic and does not shed, so she is perfect for working with Arrington Funeral Directors. When families and visitors of any age come to plan a funeral or to visit their friends, and might be scared or sad, she helps bring smiles and comfort to everyone. She can visit with families when they come to plan arrangements, during the visitation, and even during the funeral. When working, she likes to give out her coloring books to her new friends. Many people stop by during the week to see her and bring a treat!
Toy balls, green beans, and her mom’s flip flops are a few of Gracie’s favorite things! She LOVES going to school and playing with her friends at Wagging Tail Pet Resort two days a week. And you might see her riding around town with her head out the window.
She is a volunteer therapy dog at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital and enjoys visits with hospital staff and patients.
You can follow her adventures on her Facebook page, “Gracie Arrington the Therapy Dog!”