Bob Arrington Founder, President, Funeral Director, Embalmer
Bob, President, Funeral Director/Embalmer, began his funeral service career at the age of seven at Bodkin Funeral Home in Milan, TN. When his grandfather died in 1963, Bob became intrigued and interested in funeral service. A neighbor owned the local funeral home, and Bob would leave school every afternoon and spend time at the funeral home before getting a ride home from his neighbor. As a child, Bob spent his weekends at the funeral home.
Bob’s family moved to Jackson, TN in 1970, and Bob immediately went to work at George A. Smith & Sons Funeral Home. In 1979, he graduated from John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science in Nashville.
In 1995, Bob founded Arrington Funeral Directors, and 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, a crematory was added and is the only crematory in Jackson, TN.
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. Nationally, he started the Tennessee State Honor Fund for the Funeral Service Foundation.
Bob was elected President of the National Funeral Directors Association in 2015 and is the only Tennessean to hold that honor. He was chairman of 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 and is a member of the Heritage Club. He represented the NFDA in the Documentary “Death It’s A Living,” shown on CNBC.
Bob is married to Judy Leathers Arrington and is a dad to Gracie, the company’s Certified Therapy Dog. Locally, he is a member of the Old Hickory Rotary Club, Jackson Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and is co-chair of Friends of Heart, a fund of the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation.
Charles Rahm Funeral Operations Manager, Funeral Director, Embalmer
Charles, General Manager, Funeral Director/Embalmer and Certified Crematory Operator, has served families in and around West Tennessee for over 40 years.
Charles grew up in Jackson, TN where he 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 believes in being active in the community. He was elected to the Jackson City Council in May 2003 and served four terms. Charles also served as a Board Member for the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association from 2009 – 2015 and is currently a member of the Tennessee State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers.
Charles is married to Laura Johnston Rahm and has two children, Elizabeth Rahm--Pharmacist with Centennial Hospital in Nashville, TN and Charles Rahm, Jr. (wife Kimber)--Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in Memphis, TN.
Charles is an active member of Skyline Church of Christ and enjoys local politics and community affairs, family time, golf, hunting, and water sports.
Joseph Lane Funeral Director, Crematory Operations Manager, Military Liaison Coordinator
Joseph, Funeral Director, Certified Crematory Operator, has degrees in Psychology and War Studies.
Joseph served in the military for 28 years and retired in 2012 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. While in the Army, Joseph held various positions and served in Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Joseph believes in giving back to the community. He served as President and District Lieutenant Governor of the Kiwanis Club and is currently an advisory board member of the Ayers Therapy and Learning Center for Children and the Senior Vice Commander of the VFW Post 6496. Joseph is also a member of the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association and the Tennessee National Guard.
Joseph is married to Jennifer and has two adult children, Brandon and Michelle. Brandon is married to Christa and is a Staff Sergeant with Active Tennessee Guard Operations. Michelle is married to Bryan Vinson, a Marines Corporal. Joseph enjoys spending time with his two grandchildren who call him “Pappy.”
Joseph 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.
Dick Arrington Licensed Pre-Need Counselor
Dick, Licensed Pre-Need Counselor, joined Arrington Funeral Directors in 2010. Raised in Milan, TN, Dick graduated from Milan High School and 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, and has four children and 10 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, Community Relations Coordinator, was born and raised in Jackson, TN. She graduated from Union University with degrees in Psychology and Nursing and 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 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 and 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 the Community Relations Coordinator. She is a Certified Perinatal Bereavement Counselor and currently serves on the Board of Heaven's Cradle, Jackson Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Committee, and the Community Action Committee of the West Tennessee Heart of the South Girl Scouts. Judy is also a member of the National Alliance of Grieving Children. Bob and Judy are members of Englewood Baptist Church.
Barry Fulghum Facilities Manager
Barry, Facilities Manager, was born in Jackson, TN, and graduated from North Side High School. After graduation, he joined the United States Airforce, serving 21 years as an Ophthalmology Technician stationed around the U.S. 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 10 years and officially joined the company in 2019.
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.
Rev Ron F. Hale Minister and Church Outreach
Ron, Minister/Church Outreach, was born and raised in Jackson, TN, and graduated from South Side High School. After becoming a Christian and sensing a new life calling, he graduated from Union University to become a pastor. He and his wife Yvonne have one son, Jason, who lives in Tampa, FL where he works in sales.
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 part-time at Arrington Funeral Directors in Minister and Church Outreach.
Ron has worked in Illinois as the Associate Executive Director for Illinois Baptists (SBC), in Pittsburgh, PA as a Director of Missions, and in the Olathe-Overland Park area of Kansas City as a pastor and director of church planting.
Ron has been working on a new book with area pastors called Victory Over Death: Funeral Messages of Hope and Healing. He hopes to publish it by the summer of 2020.
Ron is a member of West Jackson Baptist Church, has been part of local ministries at JACOA and Hartland Place Apartment Ministry, and enjoys speaking at nursing homes.
Tra Holland Apprentice, Licensed Pre-Need Counselor
Tra, Apprentice, Licensed Pre-Need Counselor, was born and raised in Union City, TN. He graduated from John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science in Nashville.
Tra served in the Tennessee Army National Guard as a Sergeant Military Police Officer and was involved in the Combat Operation Iraqi Freedom before being honorably discharged. He was then a funeral assistant in Kentucky for several years prior to working for Pre-Need Funeral Program and State Farm.
Tra is married to Desiree and has three children, Piper, Hunter, and Jude. In his spare time, he enjoys yard work and gardening and is a very proud Tennessee Titans Superfan!
Rev. Mike Sellers Funeral Assistant
Mike, Funeral Assistant, was raised in Milan and graduated high school in 1989. He attended Union University and graduated Magna Cum Laude in Organizational Leadership.
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.
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.
Clifford Ray Walker Jr Funeral Apprentice, Media and Technology
Cliff, Certified Crematory Operator, has been working in the funeral service for six years. Cliff is also currently attending John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science in Nashville.
Born in Louisiana, Cliff and his family moved to Jackson, TN when he was three years old to minister at The Calvary Church in Jackson. He is well versed in technology, music, and videography. Cliff designs and oversees audio and video presentations for all funeral services. In his spare time, Cliff writes and performs music. You can see his videos on cliffordraymusic.com.
Gracie Arrington Therapy Dog
My name is Gracie and I am an Australian Labradoodle, born at Meadow Park Labradoodles and Labradors near Indianapolis, Indiana, on June 21, 2018. I work here at Arrington Funeral Directors as a Certified Therapy Dog/Grief Counselor. I am certified through the American Kennel Club's Alliance of Therapy Dogs and have also received my Canine Good Citizen title.
As a newborn, I started getting exposed to noises (sirens, thunder, whistles, etc.), so I would not be afraid when I got older. When I was 10 weeks old, I got a full evaluation of 20 behavioral characteristics. I passed the test, so I could become a certified therapy dog! Two weeks later, I went to live with my trainer, Beth, from Ultimate Canine Dog Trainers in Indiana and lived with her for three months. Then, the week after Thanksgiving 2018, Beth and I came to Jackson, TN, where we trained my mom, dad, Uncle Charles, and our house sitter, Susan, for three days. I already knew 30 commands, was house trained, and had visited more than 200 people, many at children’s hospitals, assisted living homes, and nursing homes.
I am hypo-allergenic and do not shed, so I am perfect for working at our funeral home! When families and visitors of any age come to the funeral home, they are often scared or sad. I help bring smiles and comfort to everyone. I can visit with families when they come to plan arrangements, during the visitation, and even during the funeral. When I’m working, I like to give out a coloring book to the little visitors. Many of my new friends stop by during the week to see me and bring me a treat!
Toy balls, green beans, and my mom’s flip flops are a few of my favorite things! I LOVE going to school and playing with my friends at Wagging Tail Pet Resort two days a week. And you might see me with my head out the window when I ride in the car.
Please follow my adventures on my Facebook page “Gracie Arrington the Therapy Dog!”