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

Since 1884, families have turned to us for personalized care. We have helped the community say goodbye to loved ones in a special way.

While many families remember the high quality of care received at our Broadway Chapel or Mann Heritage Chapel, many are not aware of our deep-rooted history and heritage in this community. The tradition and commitment is a combination of the dedication of several outstanding individuals and of the Mann and Rose families together.

1884: Edward B. Mann and Richard Johnson become partners in Knoxville’s first formal undertaking establishment known as Mann and Johnson at 98 Gay Street. Shortly afterward, they merge with L.C. Shepard who was Knoxville’s oldest resident undertaker and was noted with conducting the funeral of President Andrew Johnson in 1875.

1892: Mr. Shepard and Mr. Johnson have retired. The firm became known as E.B. Mann Undertaking Company.

1908: The firm’s hearse fleet is pulled by a team of white Arabian horses. They become a community treasure and are later purchased by actor Douglas Fairbanks and star in the movie “The Thief of Bagdad.”

Arthur G. Mann becomes the owner of the company upon the passing of his father. He establishes the first Knoxville funeral home to offer motor car service to client families.

1923: Frank L. Rose joins the staff of E.B. Mann Undertaking Company after his service as Sergeant of the Infantry in World War I, and after graduation from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.

1924: Arthur Mann builds a landmark modern funeral home on the West Church Street site of the former J. Allen Smith residence. The business name is changed to Mann Mortuary.

1930-1960: For generations, the Mann Mortuary continually improves its services and facilities, expanding the comforting parlors and chapels, adding covered parking, and employing professionals who share his commitment to attentive, compassionate service.

1932: Frank Rose opens the Frank L. Rose Funeral home at Grainger and North Fourth Avenue.

1935: Mr. Rose’s success requires the acquisition of a larger funeral chapel facility.

1938: Fred Rose graduates from Gupton-Jones College of Embalming and Robert Rose becomes a licensed funeral director. Both sons join their father in the funeral business.

1945: The third generation of the Mann family joins the Mann Mortuary. Arthur H. Pickle, son of Helen Mann Pickle, becomes secretary of the company.

1947: Mr. Rose builds a new chapel and renames his business. It is now the Rose Mortuary.

1960: The new Mann Mortuary chapel in Bearden is opened, serving families in expanding neighborhoods.

1970: Due to declining population in Knoxville’s downtown areas, the Mann family closes the iconic Church Avenue chapel.

1984: Fred Rose welcomes Robert Starkey and Kent Marcum as partners into his business.

1986: Rose Mortuary had outgrown the Broadway facilities and the need for a second location was evident. Fred Rose, along with Mr. Starkey and Mr. Marcum facilitated Rose Mortuary to enter into a lease with the funeral home property known as Highland Memorial Funeral Home located at 5315 Kingston Pike near Highland Memorial Cemetery in Bearden which became Rose Mortuary Highland Chapel.

1990: Arthur Pickle becomes sole owner of the Mann Mortuary. To reflect the company’s long tradition of community service, the name is changed to Mann’s Heritage Chapel

1996:The Rose Mortuary Highland Chapel property was sold by its owner to a conglomerate and the lease between Rose Mortuary and Highland Memorial was severed. 

To continue the family’s commitment to service, Mr. Pickle merges the firm with the Rose Mortuary. Today, the company is one of the oldest businesses in the city, and one of the largest independent funeral homes in the state.


Our Valued Staff

ARTHUR H. PICKLE

ARTHUR H. PICKLE, Funeral Director

Arthur Pickle is the great grandson of E.B. Mann who was the founder of E.B. Mann Undertaking Company, now known as the Mann Heritage Chapel of Rose Mortuary. He is active in assisting families and directing funerals on a regular basis. A licensed funeral director and embalmer in the State of Tennessee, Mr. Pickle is a graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He is a member of the Rotary Club of West Knoxville, the Greater Knoxville Funeral Service Associates, Tennessee Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, the Knox County Juvenile Court Review Board and the Knox County Juvenile Court Advisory Board. He has one daughter and four grandchildren. Mr. Pickle attends Concord United Methodist Church.


R. KENT  MARCUM

R. KENT MARCUM, Owner and Funeral Director

Kent Marcum serves as President of the firm and is active in assisting families and directing funerals on a regular basis. Kent and his wife, the former Cathy Calloway are the parents of two children, Andrew and Whitney. A licensed funeral director and embalmer in the State of Tennessee, Kent is a graduate of the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science and attended the University of Tennessee and Lincoln Memorial University. An employee of Rose Mortuary since 1976, he is a member of the McKinney Lodge, Northside Kiwanis Club, North Knoxville Business and Professional Association and Halls Business Professional Association. He is also a board member of The Independent Funeral Group of Tennessee. Kent enjoys golf, reading, and traveling.


ROBERT O.  STARKEY, III

ROBERT O. STARKEY, III, Owner and Funeral Director

Robert Starkey serves as Vice-President and Secretary/Treasurer of the firm and is active in assisting families and directing funerals on a regular basis. Bob and his wife, the former Ann “Kitzie” Miller are the parents of three children, Beth Starkey Duncan (Gary), Brian Starkey (Sarah), and Adam Starkey(Janna). Brian and Adam are both full time staff at the funeral home. A licensed funeral director and embalmer in the State of Tennessee, Bob is a graduate of the Tennessee Military Institute, University of Tennessee, and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He is a member and past president of the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association, has served on the policy board of the National Funeral Directors Association, and is a member of the Rotary Club of Knoxville. Bob is the Past President of the Tennessee State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers. Bob and Kitzie are members of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church. He enjoys spending time with his eight grandchildren, family, and reading about maritime history.


BRIAN R.  STARKEY

BRIAN R. STARKEY, Funeral Director and Embalmer

Brian Starkey serves the firm as a funeral director and embalmer. Brian is a graduate of Webb School of Knoxville. the University of Tennessee where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, and Jefferson State Community College of Funeral Service Education. After living in Los Angeles California for 13 years as a screenwriter, Brian and his family returned to the Knoxville area in 2006. Brian is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the State of Tennessee and is a member of the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association. He was one of the winners on the third season of the NBC reality contest, “The Biggest Loser” were he was the first male contestant to ever lose more than 50% of his body weight. Brian is married to the former Sarah Bohm and they have twin daughters, Sophie and Maddie who attend Northshore Elementary. His family attends First Baptist Church of Concord at where Brian serves as a Deacon and on the Stewardship team. Brian loves the art of story telling and views Funeral service as both a ministry and "Life Story" telling opportunity.


ADAM MILLER STARKEY

ADAM MILLER STARKEY, Funeral Director and Embalmer

Adam Starkey serves the firm as a funeral director and embalmer. Adam is a graduate of Farragut High School, the University of Tennessee and Jefferson State Community College of Funeral Service Education. A former teacher in the Knox County School System, Adam is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the State of Tennessee. He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association.

Adam is married to the former Janna Rymer. Adam and Janna have 3 children (Xander, Brooklyn, and Max). Adam and Janna attend NorthStar Church. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Bearden. Adam enjoys spending time with his family, playing ping-pong, amateur woodworking, and University of Tennessee athletics.


ANDREW K. MARCUM

ANDREW K. MARCUM, Funeral Director and Embalmer

Drew Marcum serves the firm as a funeral director and embalmer. An associate of Rose Mortuary since 2001, Drew is a graduate of Knoxville Catholic High School, Carson-Newman College and Jefferson State Community College of Funeral Service Education, and attended Nashville School of Law. He is a member of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association, the National Funeral Directors Association and is active in the Independent Funeral Group of Tennessee. Drew is married to the former Kathryn Nottingham of Kingsport who is a Registered Nurse. Drew enjoys golf, fly fishing, traveling and cooking.


WHITNEY M.  HUNTHROP

WHITNEY M. HUNTHROP, Administrative Assistant

Whitney Marcum Hunthrop serves the firm as an administrative assistant specializing in death certification and insurance services at our Broadway Chapel. She is a graduate of Knoxville Catholic High School and attended the Tennessee Technology Center and Carson-Newman College. Whitney is the wife of Justin Hunthrop and is a member of the Emory Road Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Whitney enjoys horseback riding, writing and watching movies.


BARBARA S.  DAVIS

BARBARA S. DAVIS, Organist

Barbara Davis has served the firm as our staff instrumentalist for nearly forty years. She is proficient in both piano and organ accompaniment with all styles of music. She has served as organist in several Knoxville churches for more than 45 years. Barbara is married to James Davis and they have two children and two grandchildren. Barbara enjoys oil painting, traveling and cooking. She and James are active members of Smithwood Baptist Church.


FRANK R.  DAVIS

FRANK R. DAVIS, Funeral Director

Frank Davis serves as a funeral director for the firm. An associate of Mann Mortuary since 1978 and Rose Mortuary since 1996. A licensed funeral director in the State of Tennessee, Frank is a member of the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association. Frank and his wife Bashie enjoy traveling and music in their leisure and spending time with their pets.


CHARLES S.  GILES, II

CHARLES S. GILES, II, Funeral Assistant

Charles S. (Smitty) Giles, II serves the firm as a funeral assistant. Smitty lived his early years in Signal Mountain, Tennessee. He is a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga and attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville studying Business Administration, Communications and Ornamental Horticulture.

He and his wife, the former Marilyn Henegar of Clinton, Tennessee, are the parents of three children and are members of Concord United Methodist Church and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Smitty is a veteran’s advocate honoring our veterans through participation in Tennessee Patriot Heart Riders and Rolling Thunder, Inc. Tennessee Chapter 3.


WILLIAM A.  MARTIN

WILLIAM A. MARTIN, Funeral Director and Embalmer

Bill Martin serves as a funeral director and embalmer for the firm. An employee of Rose Mortuary since 1979, Bill is a graduate of Gibbs High School and the Mid-America College of Mortuary Science. A licensed funeral director and embalmer in the State of Tennessee, Bill is a member of the Burlington Lodge #763 F&AM, the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association, the National Funeral Directors Association and is a Pre-Need Sales Agent. Bill and his wife Debbie have two daughters, Kayla Akins and husband, Drew and Brooke Martin, and attend Corryton Church. He enjoys softball and basketball.


K. KEITH  RICHARDS

K. KEITH RICHARDS, Funeral Director

Keith Richards serves the firm as a funeral director. An associate of Rose Mortuary since 1990, Keith is a graduate of Clinton High School and the Mid-America College of Funeral Service. A licensed funeral director in the State of Tennessee, Keith is a member of the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association. He is married to the former Karen Robertson and has two children, Justin and Alyssa.


THOMAS W.  SEXTON

THOMAS W. SEXTON, Funeral Assistant

Tom serves the firm as a funeral assistant. He has three children and is a member of Tekoa Baptist Church. Tom enjoys ballroom dancing and music.


GEORGE W.  WARD

GEORGE W. WARD, Funeral Assistant

Biography coming soon.


SAM  WARE

SAM WARE, Funeral Director

Sam Ware serves the firm as a funeral director. Sam is a graduate of Tennessee Wesleyan College and has also done graduate work. He is a licensed funeral director in the State of Tennessee and is a member of the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association. Sam and his wife, Karen, have three daughters and two granddaughters and are members of First Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Sam enjoys music and reading.


TERRY F.  LITTLE

TERRY F. LITTLE, Maintenance


ANTONIO LINTON

ANTONIO LINTON, Apprentice Funeral Director


CHARLES DARNELL

CHARLES DARNELL, Funeral Assistant


KELLI ASBRIDGE

KELLI ASBRIDGE, Funeral Assistant


VICTORIA L. WINE

VICTORIA L. WINE, Administrative Assistant to Funeral Directors


RODNEY A. McDOUGAL

RODNEY A. McDOUGAL, Apprentice Funeral Director


PAUL LAY

PAUL LAY, Funeral Director and Embalmer


CHARLIE McFARLIN

CHARLIE McFARLIN, Funeral Assistant