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Upton Funeral Home
307 West Lake Ave
PO Box 447
Celina, Tenessee 38551
Tel: 931.243.3164


OBITUARY LINE:
931-243-3688

Wheelchair accessible

Our Staff

 

   
Christie R. Keen

Christie R. Keen
Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer, TN, Licensed Pre-need Insurance Agent, TN/ Notary Public

Christie a native of Monticello, KY has lived in Clay County for around 20 years. She met and married her husband, Chris Keen, in Clay County and they have raised 4 children and now have 6 grandchildren.  Christie and husband Chris and their 6 year old son, Aiden, live in the Pea Ridge Community of Clay County.
Christie is a recent graduate of John A. Gupton College in Nashville, TN. She graduated in December of 2014 with an Associates of Arts Degree and passed the National Board Examination in January 2015. She completed her apprenticeship in early 2015 and has become a licensed Tennessee Funeral Director and Embalmer.
Christie also became a Tennessee licensed insurance agent in 2013, after taking the required courses at Kaplan University in Nashville. She has since become a licensed Preneed Sales Agent within the state of Tennessee. She pursued this license to be able to maximize her resourcefulness to the families which she serves.
Christie is a 3 Star member of the Clay County Chamber of Commerce, Chairperson for the Clay County Christmas Parade, Chairperson for the Clay County Relay for Life events, as well as a new member of the Celina Lions Club where she has hopes of being able to serve Clay County on a different level. She is very excited to contribute to this cause.
“I feel honored to be working at Upton Funeral Home. The richness of the history within the confines of the building itself makes me feel blessed to have been chosen to carry on the tradition of service to Clay County. I realize that being new to funeral service, I have so much to learn and will simply pale in comparison to my predecessors. It was through fervent prayer that I found myself exploring and executing my childhood desires to become a funeral director and I will do all that I can to honor what that means and I will represent Upton Funeral Home and the people of Clay County with the highest of standards and utmost integrity”, Christie Keen

Tel: 1-931-243-3164


   
Gary York

Gary York
Licensed Funeral Director, TN & KY, Licensed Embalmer, TN & KY

Gary is a Macon County native, grew up on a farm between the Winkler’s and Walnut Shade Communities of Macon County. Attended school at Red Boiling Springs through the 8th grade and graduated from high school at Gamaliel in 1973. Operated the family farm until early 80’s, then worked at Eaton Axle in Glasgow for 3 years, worked in the automotive business for 17 years, most of the time at the Chevrolet dealership in Tompkinsville, KY, started working in the funeral business in August 2003, taking classes on-line and working full time. He Graduated from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, January 2007. He is a dual licensed funeral director & embalmer in Kentucky and Tennessee. Gary is married to the former, Deanna Smiley. Deanna is employed by the Monroe County School System. They have one daughter.

Tel: 1-931-243-3164


   
Phillip Anderson

Phillip Anderson
Licensed Funeral Director

Phillip, a native of Smith County, started in the funeral business when he was 16 years of age at the Hackett Funeral home in Smith County. It was his ambition to have his own business. In 1977, he purchased the present Anderson & Son Funeral Home and Memorial Park. In 1986, he purchased the former Alexander Funeral Home in Red Boiling Springs renaming it Anderson & Son Funeral Home. He purchased the Upton Funeral Home in Celina in 2002. He purchased the Hughes Funeral Chapel in Fountain Run, KY in 2009 renaming it Fountain Run Funeral Home. He is a member of the Lafayette Rotary Club where he has served as President and is a member of the Cornwell’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. Phillip has one son and three grandchildren.

Tel: 1-931-243-3164


   
Shirley Anderson

Shirley Anderson
Licensed Funeral Director, TN & KY Licensed Pre-need Insurance Agent, TN & KY/Notary Public

Shirley is a native of Smith County where she retired from the Department of Health with 31 year of service. During this time, she served as the Service Chairman of the Cancer Society, Chairman, Child Development Council, member of the Foster Care Review Board, member of the Truancy Board. After retirement, she worked as Human Resource Director for Carthage General Hospital. After the death of her husband of 30 year, she married Phillip Anderson in Macon County, thus starting in the funeral profession passing the State Board to practice funeral directing in Tennessee in 2000 and in Kentucky in 2010. Since coming to Macon County, she has served on the RAD Committee, Chamber of Commerce, Chairperson, Small business Development Week, and Literacy Board, Lafayette Garden Club and is Vice Chairman of the Macon County Arts Council She has placed 1st on two occasions in watercolor artwork in the local Arts in Bloom competition and 2nd and 3rd place and 2nd place in Kentucky. She has placed 1st in the local Fair art competition. She has taught Sunday School Classes, was a member of the Church Choir and “Adult Singing Ensemble” at First Baptist Church in Carthage. She is currently a member of the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Carthage. All the watercolor artwork displayed at Anderson and Son, Upton funeral homes, Fountain Run Funeral Chapel, as well as on this website were created by Shirley. She has two children and five grandchildren.

Tel: 1-931-243-3164


   
Claude E. Hamilton

Claude E. Hamilton "Dump"
Funeral Assistant/Grounds Caretaker

Claude worked at Upton Funeral Home in the 60's part-time, then went to work for Twin Lakes Telephone Company while serving eight years in the Kentucky National Guard. After retiring with ten years of service with Osh Kosh B' Gosh, he has been with Upton Funeral Home part-time since 1992. He is a member of the Riverside Church of Christ. Claude has two sons and three grandchildren.

Tel: 1-931-243-3164


   
Bonnie Smith

Bonnie Smith
Assistant

Bonnie is a lifelong resident of Clay County, she grew up in the Moss area. She has worked part-time assisting with various tasks at Upton Funeral Home since January 2010. She is a member of the Liberty Baptist Church. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Anthony. Bonnie has 1 daughter and 1 grandson.

Tel: 1-931-243-3164