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.
Charles Strode and Glen Lyon opened Strode Funeral Home in January 1967 at 204 Columbia Avenue, Tompkinsville, Kentucky. The building was built in 1910, by the Eagle Family, and was the boyhood home of the late Joe Eagle, U.S. Congressman of Texas, and was the home of J.C. Carter, Sr., Circuit Judge of Monroe County. The land where the building is located was once owned by the family of Preston Leslie, former Governor of Kentucky and Montana. This was the childhood home of the late Congressman Dr. Tim Lee Carter; Mrs. Pearl Pace, first women sheriff in Kentucky; J.C. Carter, Jr., circuit judge; Abe Carter, former attorney; Mrs. Mae Taylor, teacher and writer; Mrs. Jessie Harlan, master commissioner; Mrs. Lizzie Bryant, homemaker; and Mrs. Vivian Hayes, draft board consultant. In 1970 the building was placed on the Registry of Historical Landmarks. The business has been owned and operated by Charles and Dixie Strode since 1972.
was opened in August 1974 by Keith and Lorraine Baker and Charles and
Dixie Strode, who owned and
operated funeral homes in Tompkinsville. The business was located in an
historic home on Main
Street in Gamaliel. The business
was purchased by Strode Funeral Home and a new building was built in
1990, at the present
location on Hwy. 100, located one
mile from the Tennessee border, five miles from Hermitage Springs,
Tennessee, and eight
miles from both Red Boiling
Springs, Tennessee and Tompkinsville, Kentucky.
In 2009 plans were started to expand our service area to Scottsville, Kentucky. Scottsville Chapel was opened for business in March of 2010.
Our Valued Staff
Charles E. Strode, Founder/ Owner
Founder, Owner, CEO, Licensed Embalmer & Funeral Director
Brandy L Harwood, Co-Owner, CFSP
Co-Owner, Certified Funeral Service Practitioner, KY & TN Licensed Embalmer & Funeral Director, Cremation Specialist
Linda Gillenwater, Licensed Funeral Director
Licensed Funeral Director, & Administrative Assistant
Roger Gillenwater, Licensed Funeral Director
Licensed Funeral Director, Grounds Manager
Josh T Richardson, Licensed Funeral Director, Apprentice II Embalmer
KY Licensed Funeral Director, KY Apprentice II Embalmer
Trey Harwood, Licensed Funeral Director
Licensed Funeral Director
Bobby Carter, Licensed Funeral Director
Licensed Funeral Director
Jody Hite, Funeral Associate
Louella Hite, Funeral Associate