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

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.

Gamaliel Chapel 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

Charles E. Strode, Founder/ Owner

Founder, Owner, CEO, Licensed Embalmer & Funeral Director


Brandy L Harwood

Brandy L Harwood, Co-Owner, CFSP

Owner, Operations Manager, Certified Funeral Service Practitioner, KY & TN Licensed Embalmer & Funeral Director, Cremation Specialist


Roger Gillenwater

Roger Gillenwater, Licensed Funeral Director

Licensed Funeral Director, Grounds Manager


Linda Gillenwater

Linda Gillenwater, Licensed Funeral Director

Licensed Funeral Director, & Administrative Assistant


Trey Harwood

Trey Harwood, Licensed Funeral Director

Licensed Funeral Director


Bobby Carter

Bobby Carter, Licensed Funeral Director

Licensed Funeral Director


Josh T Richardson

Josh T Richardson, Apprentice

Marketing Director, Apprentice Embalmer & Apprentice Funeral Director


Jody Hite

Jody Hite, Apprentice

Life Insurance Specialist & Apprentice Funeral Director


Louella Hite

Louella Hite, Funeral Associate

Funeral Associate