History & Staff


Our Heritage

Our Heritage

On a crisp Autumn day in 1972, David Horner walked into Hooper & Huddleston Funeral Home and asked Mr. Ed Hooper and Mr. Earl Huddleston for a job.  For David, a student at Tennessee Tech, working at the funeral home was a godsend, providing funds for college and a chance to pursue a life-long calling.  David and wife, Jill, purchased the funeral home  and were privileged to add "Horner" to the name in 2002.  Sons, Jason Horner, a TTU graduate and Brad Horner,  a Union University graduate, are poised to shepherd our mission of Honor, Help and Hope into the future.

Since 1940, when Jack and Emma Ruth Carver opened Carver Funeral Home, our facilities have been the setting for countless gatherings where friends and families have shared tears, laughter, fond memories and have started the healing process together.  When Ed Hooper and Earl Huddleston purchased the funeral home and changed the name to Hooper & Huddleston Funeral Home in 1955,  they continued to provide a sense of warmth, peace, comfort and closing to scores of Putnam County families.  Today we strive to continue that mission at all our locations including Baxter and Monterey and by serving the community with our Family Event Center in Algood.

Our staff is privileged to have received the National Funeral Director's Association's Pursuit of Excellence Award for ten consecutive years, and has earned a permanent place in NFDA's Pursuit of Excellence Hall of Fame.  We were are members by invitation of Selected Independent Funeral Homes, one of the most respected professional associations of funeral homes in the world.

                                        EACH MEMBER OF OUR STAFF HAS CHOSEN A CAREER PATH DEVOTED TO GIVING FAMILIES THE MOST PROFESSIONAL, COMPASSIONATE CARE .                                                                                                                                                 

Our Staff

  • David Horner

    David Horner Funeral Director/Embalmer/Owner

    David Horner is the owner/manager of Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home, has worked in funeral service for more than 40 years. He began working at Hooper & Huddleston Funeral Home while attending Tennessee Tech in 1972. He completed his education at John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science. David is a charter member and past-president of Cookeville Breakfast Rotary, has served on the Board of Trustees of Cookeville Regional Medical Center Foundation and on the Board of Directors of Tennessee Funeral Directors Association. He is a Leadership Putnam Alumnus and a previous ambassador of Al Menah Shrine Temple.

  • Jill Horner

    Jill Horner Funeral Director/Owner

    Jill Horner, office manager at Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home, is a funeral director and graduate of Tennessee Tech University. Jill is a Leadership Putnam Alumna, serves as Past-Chair of the Cookeville/Putnam County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Tennessee Tech College of Business Administration Foundation Board of Trustees, Cityscape Board of Directors and Heart of the Cumberland Board of Directors. She has served on the Tennessee Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers and currently serves on the Governmental Affairs Committee of the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association.

  • Jason Horner

    Jason Horner Funeral Director/Embalmer

    Jason Horner is a funeral director and embalmer, a 1997 graduate of Tennessee Tech University, and previously served as a Cookeville City Firefighter and Paramedic. Jason began his career in funeral service as a high school student, helping out in the family funeral home. Jason serves as Deacon at Stevens Street Baptist Church and is a member of the Cookeville Noonday Lions Club. He currently serves on the Board of Cookeville Christian Academy. He and wife, Bridget have four children, Will, Jaylee, Emma and Kara.

  • Brad Horner

    Brad Horner Funeral Director

    Licensed funeral director, is a graduate of Union University and served for a period after college as a missionary in the Middle East. He is a member of Cookeville Noonday Rotary and is Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Better Business Bureau. He and wife, Jessica are members of Stevens Street Baptist Church and have three sons, Hudson, Graham, and Mack.

  • Harold Maynard

    Harold Maynard Funeral Director

    Harold Maynard is a Licensed Funeral director and manager of our Baxter Chapel. Harold is a graduate of Upperman High School and has worked in funeral service for more than 40 years. He and his family attend Life Church, where he serves as an usher and in the van ministry. He is a Leadership Putnam Alumnus and past-president of the Upper Cumberland Funeral Directors Association. He and his wife, Sheri, have two daughters, Beth and Rachel.

  • Mike Birdwell

    Mike Birdwell Funeral Director/Embalmer

    Mike Birdwell is a Licensed funeral director and embalmer and is a graduate of and John A. Gupton School of Mortuary Science. Mike is a past-president of the Upper Cumberland Funeral Directors Association. He and wife, Amanda, have one daughter, Avery and are members of Center Grove Church of Christ.

  • Corey  Hall

    Corey Hall Funeral Director/ Embalmer

    Corey began his career in funeral service in the Atlanta area in after personally experiencing how a funeral director helped his family during a vulnerable time. He graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in 2005. Corey worked for a large funeral home in the Atlanta area before moving to Cookeville in 2015 to be near family. He is pleased to be living in Cookeville.

  • Bridget Horner

    Bridget Horner Funeral Director

    Bridget Horner is a Licensed funeral director at Hooper-Huddleston & Horner. She is a graduate of Tennessee Tech University and mother of four. She sings in the Stevens Street Baptist Church Choir and helps with the children's ministry there. She and Jason have four children, Will, Jaylee, Emma and Kara.

  • Sue Ann Smith

    Sue Ann Smith Office Assistant

    Sue Ann is a native of Cookeville and serves as our Office Manager. Sue Ann is active in the community has most recently served as Co-Chair of the local Alzheimer's Walk. She and husband, David Ray attend Willow Avenue Church of Christ and have a son and daughter-in-law, Addison and Maegan Smith and two granddaughters, Harper and Blakely.

  • Roy Tudor

    Roy Tudor Funeral Assistant

    Roy Tudor retired from a Account Manager and Customer Service Representative. He uses his customer service skills at the funeral home to give excellent care to the families we serve. Roy and wife, Diana are members of Jefferson Avenue Church of Christ.

  • Judy Duke

    Judy Duke Community Outreach Coordinator & Certified Celebrant

    Judy is the Community Outreach Coordinator and Certified Celebrant for Hooper Huddleston & Horner. She retired from the City of Cookeville as Administrator of Museums after several years. Judy holds a B.S. degree in Secondary Education, English, and a M.A. degree in English from Tennessee Tech. A native of Cookeville, Judy and her husband, Dwight are active members of Cookeville First Baptist Church where she is a substitute Sunday School teacher. They have two children, Shellie Maddaloni and Joshua B. Duke and two grandsons, Joshua Griffin Duke and Jacob Robert Warren.

  • Gail Glover

    Gail Glover Funeral Assistant/Hostess

    Gail worked in real estate and served as Putnam County Trustee before retirement. Today she works part-time providing families and guests hospitality care during visitations and services. Gail is a member of Stevens Street Baptist Church and has two daughters, Amy and Lisa and two granddaughters, Allie and Mia.

  • Peggie Parrott

    Peggie Parrott Funeral Assistant

    Peggy serves as a funeral assistant and hostess, helping families and guests feel comfortable during their time at the funeral home. She retired from Tennessee Tech after serving in the football program for over 28 years. She has helped at Camp Nakanawa in Crossville for the past 50 summers and loves working with the counselors and campers. Peggy has two daughters, Amy and Rhonda and two grandchildren. She is active at Stevens Street Baptist Church.

  • Frank Layne

    Frank Layne Funeral Assistant

    Frank began working part-time as a funeral assistant in 2000 when he retired as a sportswriter for the Herald-Citizen after 30 years. Frank and wife, Joyce are active members of West View Baptist Church.

  • Steve Lewis

    Steve Lewis Accounting Assistant

    Steve works part-time as Accounting Assistant for HHH. He is a graduate of Tennessee Tech and is currently on staff at J & S Construction. He and wife, Nancy like to travel and enjoy spending time with their grandchildren.

  • Earl Stephens

    Earl Stephens Funeral Assistant

    Earl serves as a funeral assistant and driver. He and wife, Phyllis are members of Cookeville First Baptist Church.

  • Ralph Medley

    Ralph Medley Funeral Assistant

    Ralph Medley helped establish the Baxter Chapel of Hooper-Huddleston & Horner in 1977. He and wife, Betty are members of Jefferson Avenue Church of Christ.

  • Cindy  Dyal

    Cindy Dyal Hostess - Baxter Chapel

  • Virginia Simpson

    Virginia Simpson

    Virginia began working as a hostess at Hooper-Huddleston & Horner in 2017 after she retired from Farm Bureau Insurance Company after 30 years of service. Virginia enjoys traveling and is a member of Jefferson Avenue Church of Christ.

  • Denise Bright

    Denise Bright Office Manager

  • Dr. Charles McCaskey

    Dr. Charles McCaskey Funeral Assistant/Chaplain

    Dr. Charles McCaskey served as minister at Cumberland Presbyterian Church for 30 years. He served most recently as interim minister at First Presbyterian Church and is currently serving at Dry Valley Presbyterian Church.