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About Us

Who we are

Celebrating life since 1892

As a proud member of the Greeneville community since 1892, we're honored to help families celebrate their loved ones. We pledge to ensure that every funeral and memorial service is deeply personal, fostering healing and remembrance.

What we stand for

Our promise

Today, tomorrow, and forever, our commitment to you stays the same.


Every life is unique, and we promise to honor and respect each journey, crafting ceremonies that reflect each individual.


Navigating grief can be overwhelming; we stand by you, providing direction and solace every step of the way.


Beyond a service, we're committed to helping families create lasting tributes that transcend generations.

Our story

As one of the oldest and most recognizable landmarks in the area, Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home is a stately ode to Greeneville history. Established in 1892, our funeral home and cemetery has evolved greatly over the years to accommodate the evolving needs of our community. Yet our commitment to service remains the same. Even as we modernize our services and facilities, we stay true to our belief that honoring and celebrating life is deeply sacred and personal.


Colonel John Harrison Doughty opened J.H. Doughty Furniture and Undertakers Company on Main Street in 1892. It was a three story brick building at the corner of North Main Street and Church Street (present location of Andrew Johnson Bank). Funeral customs then were much different from today, embalming, visitation, and often the funeral service itself were all done in the home. 

Early 1900's

In the early 1900’s Col. Doughty brought his son, Willis Henry Doughty, Sr., into the family business. After the death of Col. Doughty in 1910, Thomas W. Stevens joined the company as a partner – hence the name Doughty-Stevens. 


Over time the company grew and in 1917, the decision was made to employ Charles M. Mismer, a licensed mortician, to run the undertaking business. 


In 1929, when Doughty and Mismer bought out Stevens, the company purchased a private residence at 205 N. Main Street in Greeneville to accommodate the growing business. At this time bodies were being prepared at the funeral home and readied for visitation, rather than in home. Visitations were slowly starting to occur in the funeral home as well as a few funerals. Mr. Mismer remained a partner in the business until his death in 1961, having led the funeral home for 44 years.


Upon the death of Mismer, Ralph W. Bohannon was made manager and partner. Bohannon had been a mortician with the company since 1937. It was during Bohannon’s leadership that the company purchased the spacious and elegant home of Mr. and Mrs. L.M. Fox at 1125 Tusculum Boulevard. A large addition was made to the structure, making a 25,000 square foot, three story facility. At its opening in 1970, it was said to be one of the largest and finest in the South. 


In November of 1956, the partners of Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home entered into an agreement with Denver Knipp and Elmo Johnson to lease Mosheim Funeral Home (formerly Bible & Gray Funeral Home) for a period of five years. On November 24, 1961, the partners purchased Mosheim Funeral Home from Johnson and Knipp. In 1989, the decision was made to remodel the facility and pave the driveway areas. Also at that time, parking area was added in the front lawn. While it was commonly known that Mosheim was owned by Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home, the management at that time, decided to change the business name to Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home Mosheim Chapel. For nearly 60 years that facility served the needs of western Greene County and surrounding areas. On July 31, 2014, the Mosheim Chapel of Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home ceased operation. Brown Springs Baptist Church expressed interest in obtaining the property for a outreach opportunity in the Mosheim area and the property was deeded to the church so that they may pursue that opportunity. Recently, the church sold the property to the Town of Mosheim. The longtime funeral facility will be serving the town as its headquarters for its newly formed Police Department.


Ralph Bohannon died in 1987, with 50 years of service with Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home, serving as Manager for 26 of those years. Following the death of Bohannon in January of 1987, Hal Carter was appointed as Manager for a short time.


It was in 1991, that Alma Morrison Jones became the first female funeral director to care for families in Greene County. Not only did Alma help families after death, she was well known for her knowledge of insurance. During her career she was a preneed sales counselor for nearly 30 years and a funeral director 25 years. Mrs. Jones died in 2016.


It was in 2008 when, Bill Hickerson and Joe Hickerson, great-grandsons of the founder Colonel J.H. Doughty decided they no longer wanted to operate the funeral home. After 116 years of operation, Herbert “Buddy” Mayes of Morristown acquired the firm on September 26, 2008, naming Jason Smith as manager. It is the objective of the management and staff to continue to practice the same high standards that began years ago, set forth by our forefathers.

Meet the team

Our incredible staff

Helping families create lasting legacies is more than a job — it's our calling. We are here to support you in any way we can and will offer you the full attention, knowledge, and compassion you need.

Jason Smith

Jason Smith

Manager, Licensed Funeral Director and Licensed Embalmer

Christopher Long

Christopher Long

Licensed Funeral Director and Licensed Embalmer

Michael Darnell

Michael Darnell

Licensed Funeral Director and Licensed Embalmer

Byron Chambers

Byron Chambers

Licensed Advanced Planning Specialist

Sandy Bailey

Sandy Bailey

Office Administrator (Non-licensed)

Donnie Davis

Donnie Davis

Funeral Assistant (Non-licensed)

James Fain

James Fain

Funeral Assistant (Non-licensed)

Todd Hodges

Todd Hodges

Funeral Assistant (Non-licensed)

We're here for you

A time to honor, comfort and heal

We help create unique and meaningful memorial services to celebrate your loved one and begin the healing process for families and friends left behind.

We’ll take care of every detail

We'll help you with everything you need with a simple step-by-step process for all of your funeral, cremation and cemetery plans.

Unique Funerals and Tributes

Every individual is unique. Which is why we offer fully customizable memorial services designed just for your family.

Compassionate customer care

We're here to answer any questions and help in any way we can – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Past memorials

“Doughty Stevens took great care of my late husband, Kenneth Sauceman. They were there when I needed them & Kenneth looked great. They did an awesome job, & I would recommend Doughty Stevens to anyone. Thank you Pamela Sauceman”

Author: Pamela Sauceman rated with 5 stars

We're hiring

Beyond the opportunity to truly make a difference, Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home offers competitive pay, a healthy work-life balance, and many opportunities for growth.

Plan Ahead

Plan for the future, today

Pre-planning lets your loved ones focus on honoring life instead of hashing out details. Learn the choices you can make now, so a future funeral becomes more of a celebration than a burden.