History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

The Farrar Funeral Home was founded in Jefferson City, Tennessee on December 25, 1924 by the late Roy E. Farrar, Sr. and his wife Aline Taylor Farrar, along with his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Walter C. Taylor and Clara Renegar Taylor, after having purchased the Bill Orr Undertaking Company. 

On this date the Bill Orr Undertaking Company was resolved upon the retirement of Bill Orr and the business then formed would become known as the W.C. Taylor Undertaking Company. 

Roy E. Farrar, Sr. was a graduate of the John A. Gupton College of Embalming Class of 1923 in Nashville, Tennessee and he was the first licensed embalmer in Jefferson County, Tennessee. The original location of the W.C. Taylor Undertaking Company was on Main Street in downtown Jefferson City in a small building next to the Ingram Barber Shop. The business, now under the knowledgeable guidance of Mr. Taylor and Mr. Farrar, prospered greatly and it was inevitable that a larger facility be acquired. Mr. Taylor and Mr. Farrar then built what is known today as the May Manor in Jefferson City especially to handle the demands of their operation in the early 1930's. 

The funeral home operated from this facility until the untimely death of Mr. Taylor in 1938. At this time, Mr. Farrar in Jefferson City and Mr. Jack Taylor in Rogersville, Tennessee acquired the total interest of the W.C. Taylor Undertaking Company. 

At this point, the demands for a more spacious facility were facing Jack and Roy once again and the decision to sell the property and move to the Russell Avenue location was made. In 1942, the entire interest of the W.C. Taylor Undertaking Company was acquired by Roy E. Farrar, Sr. and the name was formally changed to Farrar Funeral Home. 

The funeral home and ambulance service operated from the Russell Avenue Location adjacent to the Carson-Newman College Campus and served the residents of Jefferson County from one facility. In 1945, the decision was made by Farrar, his oldest son, James C. Farrar, his middle son, Roy.E. "Toad" Farrar, Jr., and his youngest son, Joe T. Farrar to expand his business to better accomodate the growing needs of the county as a whole. 

The Farrar Funeral Home Dandridge Chapel was comissioned in 1945 under the direction of Farrar and his son, Roy.E. "Toad" Farrar, Jr. providing both ambulance and funeral service to the Dandridge area. The county continued to prosper and grow every year and it was then a decision was made by Farrar and his sons to open a third location to better serve the needs of the community. 

The Farrar Funeral Home White Pine Chapel was comissioned in 1952 under the direction of Farrar and his son, Joe T. Farrar providing ambulance and funeral service to the White Pine area. Ambulance service was provided to the community until 1972 when state laws ever changing made it impossible for the funeral homes statewide to continue this operation. The Jefferson City Chapel operated at the Russell Avenue location until the decision was made by Farrar and his sons to move the business to its present location on Broadway Boulevard in 1974. 

Farrar and his sons continued the operation of the family business until 1980, at which time Farrar suffered a devastating stroke which forced him to retire. At that time, Farrar decided himself to move into a nursing facility to ensure his care and allow his sons to serve their clientele faithfully. Although retired, Farrar was constantly abreast of the family business until his final days in 1984 at which time he died very peacefully in his sleep. James, "Toad", and Joe Farrar continued with their father's dream and has managed to faithfully uphold the high level of service in which their father taught them and today Farrar Funeral Home is being served by the fourth generation of the Farrar Family along with very capable employees who give freely of their time, their ability, and show great dedication to the continuation of the Farrar tradition.


Our Valued Staff

Roy E. Farrar Sr.

Roy E. Farrar Sr., Founder

Mr. Roy E. Farrar, Sr. was a graduate of the John A. Gupton College of Embalming Class of 1923 in Nashville, Tennessee and he was the first licensed embalmer in Jefferson County, Tennessee. He was the founder of Farrar Funeral Home, who along with his three sons, James, Toad, and Joe, operated the three locations. He passed away in 1984, leaving the business to his sons for continued service to the community.


James C. Farrar

James C. Farrar, Funeral Director/Embalmer

Mr. Jim Farrar passed away at his home on Thursday, June 28, 2012. Mr. Farrar was the eldest son of the late Roy E. Farrar, Sr. and was employed with the firm for more than 60 years. He was co-owner of the firm and successfully continued his father’s organization. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the State of Tennessee and was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Jefferson City. Jim was married to the former Agnes Watkins of Talbott and they have three children, James Russell Farrar, William Roy Farrar (deceased), and Britt Clayton Farrar.


R.E.

R.E. "Toad" Farrar, Funeral Director/Embalmer

Mr. Toad Farrar passed away on Saturday, October 24, 2009 at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. Toad was the middle son of the late R.E. Farrar, Sr. and was employed with the firm for more than 55 years. He was co-owner of the firm and successfully continued his father’s organization. He was a licensed funeral director and a licensed embalmer in the State of Tennessee and was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Dandridge. He was married to the former Helen Ward of Jefferson City and they have three children, R.E. “Rick’ Farrar III, Pamela Farrar, and W. Jackson Farrar.


Joe T. Farrar

Joe T. Farrar, Funeral Director

Mr. Joe Farrar passed away on Friday, April 15, 2005 at his home after a brief illness. He was the youngest son of the late R. E. and Aline Farrar and was employed by the firm for more than 50 years. He was a licensed funeral director and active in the Leadvale Baptist Church and many other community activities. Joe was married to the former Betty Goforth and they have two children, Sherri Pewitt and Angela Pressley. Joe's funeral was held on Sunday, April 17, 2005 at the Leadvale Baptist Church.


William Roy Farrar

William Roy Farrar, Funeral Director/Embalmer

Mr. Bill Farrar passed away on July 2, 1995 as a result of a tragic scuba-diving accident. Bill was the middle son of James and Agnes Farrar. He was a graduate of Carson-Newman College and John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science. Bill was with the firm for more than 20 years as funeral director and embalmer. He was married to the former Mary Choate of Jefferson City and they have one son, Clay Farrar.


W. Jack  Farrar

W. Jack Farrar, Funeral Director/Embalmer

Jack is the youngest son of R. E. "Toad" Farrar and has been employed for more than 30 years with the organization. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the State of Tennessee. He is co-owner of the firm and is now continuing his grandfather's organization. Jack is past-president of the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association (2006-2007) and is currently serving as chairman of the Legislative and Government Affairs Committee. Jack is currently serving as president for Tennessee Funeral Security Incorporated. He is also a board member of The Independent Funeral Group. Jack attends First United Methodist Church in Dandridge and is married to the former Tammie Barbee. They have two children, Laura (Cody) Farrar Cantrell and Kelly Farrar.


Britt C. Farrar

Britt C. Farrar, Funeral Director/Embalmer

Britt is the youngest son of James C. Farrar and has been employed with the firm for more than 25 years. He is co-owner of the firm and in now continuing his grandfather's organization. He is a graduate of Carson Newman College and the Cincinatti College of Mortuary Science and is a licensed funeral director and a licensed embalmer in the State of Tennessee. He is retired from the Jefferson City Fire Department as deputy fire chief. He now serves as safety officer with the New Market Volunteer Fire Department and attends Faith Baptist Church in Jefferson City. Britt is married to Stacey Seals and they have five children, Tyler, Taylor, Gage, Ashleigh and Abby.


Johnny  Walker

Johnny Walker, Funeral Director/Embalmer

Johnny Walker is employed as a funeral director and embalmer. He has been in the funeral business for 14 years and is married to Pam Haun Walker. He has one son and daughter-in-law, Lex and Cheyenne Coffey, two grandsons, Parker and Talon. He is a member of the White Pine Fire Department and his family is active in the White Pine Community. Johnny is a co-chair of the Mass Fatality Committee with the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association. He is a graduate of Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham, AL.


Dennis  Alder

Dennis Alder, Funeral Director

Dennis Alder is a licensed funeral director for Farrar Funeral Homes. Dennis lives in Talbott, TN. He and his wife, Judy, have three sons, Aaron (Chasa), Andrew and Adam. They also have two granddaughters, Allie Grace and Kylie Belle.


Adam  Alder

Adam Alder, Funeral Director/Embalmer

Adam Alder is a licensed funeral director and embalmer for Farrar Funeral Homes. Having served his apprenticeship at Farrar Funeral Home, Adam graduated from Jefferson State Community College of Funeral Service in May of 2008. Adam resides in Talbott and is the son of Dennis and Judy Alder.


Sammy  Solomon

Sammy Solomon, Funeral Assistant

Sammy is employed by the firm as a funeral assistant. He is the son of Frank and Nancy Solomon and is married to the former Leigh Patterson. Sammy is active in the New Market Fire Department and Rescue Team, where he is Commander of Administration.


Fred  Caustic

Fred Caustic, Funeral Director/Embalmer

Fred Caustic is a funeral director and embalmer with the Farrar Funeral Homes. He is a long time funeral director and embalmer from the state of Florida. Fred and his daughter Rianna now reside in Dandridge, TN. Fred and his family attend the First United Methodist Church of Dandridge.


Sandra  Combs

Sandra Combs, Office Manager

Sandra is the funeral home office manager at our Jefferson City location. She is the former Sandra Hodge and is married to Max Combs of Rutledge. They are members of Oakland Baptist Church in Grainger County, TN. They have one child, Bethany Combs Morgan and two grandchildren, Wyatt and Makayla Morgan.


Patsy  Moyers

Patsy Moyers, Secretary

Mrs. Moyers is the secretary at our chapel in White Pine. Having been previously employed as secretary at First Baptist Church in White Pine for more than 18 years, Patsy joined the funeral home staff in 1998. She is the former Patsy Goforth and was married to Lloyd Moyers Jr. until his death. They have two children, Tracy Moyers and Stacey Moyers and are all active members of the White Pine community.


Laura Farrar Cantrell

Laura Farrar Cantrell, Funeral Director

Laura is a funeral director at the Dandridge location. She is eldest daughter of W. Jack Farrar and is married to Cody Cantrell of Dandridge. They are both active members of First Baptist Church in Dandridge. Laura is a member of the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association. She is also an advisory board member of The Independent Funeral Group. Laura enjoys running, reading and traveling.


J. Ray  Walker

J. Ray Walker, Funeral Assistant

J. Ray is employed as a funeral assistant with the funeral home and also works with the Jefferson County School System as a school bus driver. He lives in Dandridge and is the captain of the Jefferson County Rescue Squad and a member of the Dandridge Volunteer Fire Department. He is married to Brenda Layman Walker. He has two children, Jay Howard and Misty Diane and four grandchildren, Jessi, Sammi, Hailey and Derrick.


Kelly  Hance

Kelly Hance, Funeral Assistant

Kelly is employed by the firm as a funeral assistant. He is the son of Harry Hance and the late Charlotte Choate Hance. Kelly is also a member of the Tennessee Army National Guard.


Jimmy  Satterfield

Jimmy Satterfield, Funeral Assistant

Jimmy is employed as a funeral assistant with the funeral home. He lives in Jefferson City and also teaches agriculture at Jefferson County High School. He is the son of Kathryn and the late Don Satterfield, who was employed by Farrar Funeral Home for 50 years before his death. Jimmy has one daughter, Lora.


Gage Farrar

Gage Farrar

Gage is the youngest son of co-owner Britt Farrar.