Christie R. Keen, CCO
Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer, TN & KY, Licensed Pre-need Insurance Agent, TN/ Notary Public
Christie a native of Monticello, KY has lived in Clay County for around 26 years. She met and married her husband, Chris Keen, in Clay County and they have raised 4 children and now have 8 grandchildren. Christie and husband Chris and their 10 year old son, Aiden, lived in the Pea Ridge Community of Clay County but have recently relocated to the City of Celina. Christie is a member of the Beech Bethany Church of Christ.
Christie is a 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. After receiving her licenses in Tennessee, Christie went on to acquire her Kentucky Funeral Director and Embalmer licenses in 2015.
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.
In 2020, Christie attended the NFDA Cremation Certification Program, where she met the requirements for testing and received the distinction of Certified Crematory Operator. She feels with the ever-changing trends, this credential will help her better serve those who choose cremation as a final disposition option.
Christie is a 3 Star member of the Clay County Chamber of Commerce, Chairperson for the Clay County Christmas Parade 2013-2014, Chairperson for the Clay County Relay for Life events 2013-2015, as well as a member of the Clay County Chamber of Commerce Retirement Committee where she has hopes of being able to serve Clay County on a different level. Christie was appointed as Secretary/Treasurer for the Upper Cumberland Funeral Director's Association in 2018 and is currently holding that status for 2019 where she hopes to be an asset. Christie is also a member of the Tennessee Funeral Director's Association and the National Funeral Director's Association.
“I feel honored to be working at Upton-Hay 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