Who We Are
Our professional staff has years of experience caring for families from all walks of life. We are leaders in our profession, with dedication to service and professional integrity.
When we sit down with a family, our shared goal is to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. We offer them a wide variety of services and products, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions. Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.
Our roots date back to 1897 when R.J. Coulter founded Coulter Undertaking Company in Dayton, Tennessee, 30 miles northeast of Chattanooga. He started a new funeral home in 1922, at 801 Vine Street in Chattanooga. In 1960 a new branch was built at 601 Ashland Terrace. The funeral home has been remolded three times over the years more than doubling the size of the facility. In 1980, Ross Lane purchased the funeral home changing the name to Lane Funeral Home.
Ed English has managed the business since 1980. The number of families served has increased from 137 in 1980 to 328 in 2010. Ed and his staff have been involved and committed to the community throughout the years. Each staff member is an active member of a local church and involved in various civic clubs. Ed has been a member of the Red Bank Chamber of Commerce for many years and has served two terms as President. Ed was chairman of the Red Bank Jubilee for many years and is Chamber of Commerce, Vice-President of Programs. He has received the Red Bank Chamber Outstanding Business Person of the Year award. Ed teaches Sunday School at Red Bank Presbyterian Church and speaks at local churches and civic groups. Ed served for three years on the Board of Trustees of York Childrens Foundation.
The funeral home has received the Chattanooga Scenic City and Red Bank Chamber Beautification Awards, four Pursuits of Excellence Awards from the National Funeral Directors Association and ten Pinnacle Awards presented by Carriage Services.
In 2004 the funeral home was runner-up in the Reader’s Choice Award (Chattanooga Times Free Press) for best funeral home in the tri-state area. (15 funeral homes in the contest). We received the Reader’s Choice Award as Best Funeral Home in 2006 and 2007 and top finalist (in the top three) in 2008, 2009 & 2010.
Our Valued Staff
Ed English, President
Ed English is President of Lane Funeral Home at 601 Ashland Terrace in Chattanooga. Ed began his career with the Coulter Funeral Home in 1971. He is married to Deborah Coulter English whose great-grandfather, R. J. Coulter, founded the Coulter Funeral Home in 1897. They have one son and daughter-in-law, John Coulter English and Cara English and granddaughter, Sarah. In 1980, Ed became the manager of the Lane Funeral Home, Coulter Chapel and has been the managing partner of the business since 1993. A licensed funeral director, Ed has been active in the North River community for over 38 years. He has served as president of the North Chattanooga Lion’s Club, has served three different terms as President and many years as Vice President of Programs of the Red Bank Chamber of Commerce where he presently serves as Vice President (Programs). Ed is a member of Tennessee Funeral Directors Association. He is a member of the Red Bank Presbyterian Church where he serves as a Sunday School Teacher.
Mike Kellar, Managing Partner
Mike began his career with Lane Funeral Home in 1973 as a bookkeeper and has been a licensed funeral director for many years. He is a graduate of Tennessee Wesloyan College. Mike has been married to his wife, Pattie Roach Kellar, since 1972 and they have two grown daughters and two grandsons. Mike and Pattie are members of Red Bank United Methodist Church. He is a member of the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association and the Red Bank Chamber of Commerce. Mike is a member of the Red Bank Lions Club, past president of the Chattanooga Valley Kiwanis Club and has been with Buckner International “Shoes for Orphans” project.
Gene Land, Funeral Director / Embalmer
Gene a 36 year employee is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Tennessee and Georgia. He has been married since 1974 to Lynda Patton Land and they have a daughter, Ginny (Adam) Smith and grandson, Xander and granddaughter, Stella. He is a member of Red Bank Baptist Church, where he serves as Associate Director of Young Adult III and is an inactive ordained deacon. He is also involved with the music and drama programs. He is a member of Tennessee Funeral Directors Association and Red Bank Area Chamber. Gene is past president of the North River Kiwanis Club, Board of Directors of Red Bank Junior Miss.
Frank Hilley, Funeral Director/Embalmer
Frank is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. Previously, he was involved with assisting families with prearranged funerals. Frank is a graduate of Georgia Southwestern University and Gupton Jones College of Mortuary Science. He is a member of the Chattanooga Civitan Club, where he serves on the board. He has been married since 1994 to Sheila and they have a daughter, Ashley (Matt) Johnson and a son, Corey (Amanda) Nickols. Frank is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where he serves on the church council and several committees.
Tammy Walker, Administrative Assistant
Tammy has been an Administrative Assistant at Lane Funeral Home since May of 1999. She has been with Carriage since August of 1997, beginning at the monument company. As an etching artist, she personally designed many markers and urns for families. Because of her artistic talents, she has been involved in many special projects at the funeral home. Tammy works with the families to personally create and design the memorial folders and other tributes to their loved ones. She is a member of Red Bank Chamber of Commerce. Tammy and Robert, her husband of 31 years, have a son, Jacob, and daughter and son-in-law, Anna Marie and Robert Ferguson. They are members of Pilgrim’s RestBaptistChurch.
George Gulas, Family Service Counselor
George lived in Chattanooga since 1950 and is former owner of Gulas Restaurant. He started in the funeral industry in 1997 as Family Service Counselor preplanning funerals. George and his wife, Cindy Turner Gulas, have two children, Elana and George Jr. They are members of Christ United Methodist Church in East Brainerd. George is a cancer survivor.
Bart Simpson, Funeral Assistant/Ambassador
Bart retired from Link Systems before joining us at Lane Funeral Home. He is a member of Southern Machine Engineers. Bart was a Paratrooper in the United States Army. He and his wife, Barbara, were longtime members of Calvary Bible Church and are currently members of Stuart Heights Baptist Church and have two daughters, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Wendell Merrell, Funeral Assistant/Ambassador
Wendell is a funeral assistant at Lane Funeral Home, Coulter Chapel. He was born in Bersheba Springs, raised in Dalton, GA, and lives in Middle Valley with his wife, Nancy. They are the parents of two children, Christopher Merrell and Sheri Irion, and the proud grandparents of seven grandchildren. He attends North Chattanooga Church of God Ministry Center where he is an usher and is on the landscaping committee. Wendell retired from Dupont.
Virginia Turner, Funeral Assistant/Ambassador
Virginia began working as an Ambassador for Lane Funeral Home in 1982. She is a member of First Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga. Virginia has been active in ladies' organization of church having served as a circle leader. Presently, she is serving on Senior Adult Fellowship Committee as Corresponding Secretary.
Jerry Miller, Funeral Assistant/Ambassador
Jerry began as an Ambassador for Lane Funeral Home in 2009. He was an iron worker having worked for Dupont and retired from TVA. Jerry was a coach for Dixie Youth Baseball. He and his wife, Phyllis, have two children and seven grandchildren and are members of Calvary Bible Church. He enjoys woodworking and fishing.
Ken Chambers, Funeral Assistant/Ambassador
Jim Moore, Funeral Assistant/Ambassador
Jim retired from duPont, having served five plants during his career. He joined duPont from the U.S. Army where he had 14 years of service as an Infantry officer. Jim attended The University of Tennessee and holds a Master of the Arts degree from Middle Tennessee State University. He and his wife, Pauline, have two children, Chris of Knoxville and Lauren West of Hixson and one granddaughter, Emily West. They are members of the Rivermont Presbyterian Church where both have served as Deacons and Ruling Elders. Both share a love of discovering their ancestry. He served as past state president of the Sons Of The American Revolution. His hobbies included flying (he began at age 16),fly fishing and UT football.
Bill Flautt, Funeral Assistant/Ambassador
Bill earned a BA Degree from the University of Mississippi. He served 4 years in the Air Force overseas as an officer. After a career in insurance located in NW Mississippi, he moved with his family to Chattanooga in 1994. Bill and his wife, Inger Johanne Hegland Flautt, attend St. Jude Catholic Church where he is involved with volunteer work for his church. He and Inger have two daughters and three grandsons.