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Lane Funeral Home, Ashland Terrace in Chattanooga, TN

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Meet Our Staff

Our staff provides excellent funeral planning services

We have years of experience caring for families from all walks of life, cultures and faiths. Our unsurpassed staff and our family provide kind, caring, professional service. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession who are dedicated to excellence in service, adhere to the highest funeral industry standards, and have exceptional integrity. We consistently earn phenomenally high customer satisfaction survey results.

Our licensed, professional staff is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 423-877-3524 anytime. We will even come to you to make arrangements in the comfort of your home.

Prompt, compassionate service is always just a phone call away, where and when you need it.

G. David Keller

G. David Keller

Managing Partner

I am a proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force having served during the first Gulf War.  Following my time served in the military in 1991, I decided to pursue a career in funeral service and enrolled in college at Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta.  Upon completion of my degree in 1993, I returned to the Knoxville area, where I had previously served as an apprentice, and served the community for five years.  After my service there, I was recruited to the Memphis area where I lived for many years managing several cemetery/funeral locations, which ultimately led me to owning several of my own firms.  When the business opportunity came available at Lane Funeral Home ~ Ashland Terrace, I was excited to move to this scenic part of our great state.  This opportunity allows me to serve in the ministry of funeral service at a manageable pace where my team and I can provide exemplary service to our community and families that we serve.  I live 7 minutes from the funeral home and make myself available around the clock, should I be needed.  I am also a graduate in social work from Ottawa University, which blends well with my work as a caregiver of grief and loss.  Currently, I sit on the board of directors for Welcome Home of Chattanooga and very active with the Red Bank Lion's Club.  I am of the Methodist faith.

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Gene Land

Gene Land

Funeral Director / Embalmer

Gene, a 45 year employee, is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Tennessee and Georgia.  He was married to Lynda Patton Land before she passed away in 2016.  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 his Median Life Group and is an inactive ordained deacon.   He is a member of Tennessee Funeral Directors Association, Red Bank Area Chamber, Hixson Chamber and Red Bank Lion's Club.  Gene is past president of the North River Kiwanis Club, Board of Directors of Red Bank Junior Miss.

Telephone: 1-423-877-3524


Tammy Walker

Tammy Walker

Administrative Assistant

Tammy has been an Administrative Assistant at Lane Funeral Home since May 1999. She has been with Carriage since August 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 38 years, have a son, Jacob; daughter and son-in-law, Anna and Rob; and granddaughter, Alena and grandson,  Walker. They are members of Pilgrim’s Rest Baptist Church.

(non-licensed employee)

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George Gulas

George Gulas

Family Service Counselor

George lived in Chattanooga since 1950 and is the former owner of Gulas Restaurant. He started in the funeral industry in 1997 as Family Service Counselor and Licensed Insurance Agent, 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.

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Monica Adkins

Monica Adkins

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Monica began her career in funeral service in 2002 in Burnsville, NC.  Graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service, Decatur, GA in 2004.  She is excited to be in Chattanooga area and looking forward to helping families in their time of need.

Monica is a member of the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association and the Red Bank Lions Club.

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Abby Blancett

Abby Blancett

Funeral Director/Embalmer

I began my career in the funeral service industry in 2017 after graduating Gupton Jones Mortuary College the same year. Growing up in the Chattanooga area, I attended Soddy Daisy High school and later went to UTC before moving to Atlanta to start Mortuary school.   I have a passion for baking and spend most of my free time in the kitchen. My dogs, Gypsy and Jessie have a huge part of my heart including the many foster dogs I’ve had over the years.  As a local, I am very proud to be able to serve the families at Lane Funeral Home.



Daniel Beeler

Daniel Beeler

Family Service Counselor

Daniel Beeler started in the pre-need industry in June 2007.  He has been a member of St. Albans Episcopal Church since June 2006, where has served on the vestry for 4 years over that time.  He has been married to the former Pamela Skates since 2007 and they have adopted 3 children.   He has lived in the Chattanooga area since 2006. He joined Lane Funeral Home in May 2020.


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Ken Chambers

Ken Chambers

Funeral Assistant/Ambassador

Ken joined us in June 2011 as Funeral Assistant and Ambassador. He has been a minister for over 43 years. Ken and his wife, Jewell, are members of Mountain Creek Church of Christ, where he is Involvement Minister and Elder. He has a Master of Divinity Degree and specializes in Grief Counseling. Ken and Jewell have two sons and four grandchildren.

(non-licensed employee)


Donna Smith

Donna Smith

Funeral Assistant/Ambassador

Donna began working with us in May 2014. She retired from Cigna Healthcare after 43 years of service. She is a member of Signal Mountain Church of God where she sang and taught Sunday School for many years. Donna and her husband of over 42 years, Steve, have two wonderful grandchildren, Alex and Kelsie Smith.

(non-licensed employee)


Ed Harding

Ed Harding

Director of Public Relations/Ambassador

A native of Chattanooga, Ed has devoted his career to fire and safety education for over 30 years. He is the founder of what is known to fire and building officials as the Life Safety Training Expo. Ed has also contributed to the Chattanooga Crime Stoppers board of directors and is past president and board member of the Chattanooga Citizens Police Academy Alumni.  He has been recognized multiple times by the city and county for his achievements for providing multiple services to the Chattanooga area business community as well as its residents. He has always enjoyed helping others, including his parents and the elderly in the community and church. Ed enjoys camping and being with friends and family and is very devoted Christian to his church. Ed is the founder of the Saturday Morning Giddy UP's Breakfast Club and enjoys their fellowship monthly. (non-licensed employee)

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James Samples

James Samples

Funeral Assistant/Ambassadoe

Jim just celebrated 50 years in Chattanooga.  He is happy to be a new member of Lane Funeral Home and has a passion for helping people.  Jim joined our team in March of 2019.  He is one of the founders of the Chattanooga Community Kitchen and Chattanooga CARES.  Jim has served on the board as executive director of Fort Wood Historical Association, Land Marks Chattanooga, president/board member of Southern Country and as vice president of Primetimers. Also he is a board member and fundraising chairman of 4Paws Pantry. He has volunteered for the LUNG Association, Kidney Foundation, Chattanooga Heart Association, Chattanooga Theater Association, Chattanooga Symphony and Opra. Jim is a member of St. Pauls Episcopal Church where he serves on the volunteer desk and as an usher.  He was appointed by Governor Ned McWherter in 1988 as member of TN Council on AIDS.  Awarded TN Citizen of the Year, chosen as one of 100, in 50 states, as a person who cares.  Jim was recently honored by Mayor Burke for 45 years of volunteer work with a Proclamation setting aside October 14th as Jim Samples Day.

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Frank Parker

Frank Parker

Funeral Assistant/Ambassador

Frank Parker joined Lane Funeral Home in January 2016. He has been a Church of Christ Minister for 35 years. Formerly of the Hooker Congregation in Wildwood, Georgia, Frank was there for 20 years. He is a former employee of Card Monroe. Also, Frank has 28 years experience in funeral service. He and his wife, Linda, currently attend White Oak United Methodist Church. They have three children, Deana, Amy and DeWayne, and three grandchildren.

(non-licensed employee)


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