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 Story

A new chapter in our history began July 1, 2016 when Dyer Funeral Home was returned to local ownership.  New owners, David and Jill Horner and their sons, Jason and Brad Horner are committed to continue the legacy of care offered by Ralph and Paul Dyer, who opened Dyer Funeral Home in 1966.   “Our familyʼs decision to purchase Dyer was inspired by the compassion of the families who built the funeral home and lovingly served their friends and neighbors,” said David Horner.  Dyer Funeral Home has served thousands of families since Ralph and Paul Dyer opened the business. Hoyt and Shirley Mayberry continued the legacy of service when they acquired it in 1988. After the Mayberrys retired, Paul Durham, a former pastor at Washington Avenue Baptist Church, owned the funeral home until his death.

“We are thankful for the staff who have served families under the most recent ownership of the funeral home,” said Jill Horner.  “Dyer will celebrate 50 years of service this fall. Weʼre humbled to be part of that milestone and look forward to future plans that include building upgrades to better serve local families and add value to the community."

David and Jill regularly attend the annual conference of Fellowship of Companies for Christ International, an organization founded by author Larry Burkett. It was during one of those conferences several years ago that they met Art Kimbrough, then the owner of Dyer Funeral Home in Cookeville and several other funeral homes in Alabama and Mississippi.  “The story of how we came to purchase Dyer is really providential,” said David Horner. “Out of several hundred FCCI Conference attendees that year, Art, Jill and I were the only funeral home owners represented at the conference, and with both funeral homes being located in Cookeville, we were stirred by the divine nature of our meeting and the friendship that grew from it.”

We are looking forward to offering families healing ceremonies and services in comfortable surroundings with a compassionate, helpful team of professionals.

Our Valued Staff

Jim and Auerila  (Tootsie) McCaleb

Jim and Auerila (Tootsie) McCaleb, Non-licenced Staff

Jim and Tootsie have become a solid fixture here at Dyer Funeral Home. They work with visitations and funerals, and are always available to assist you if you have a need. Both Jim and Tootsie are non-licensed funeral staff.

Corey Hall

Corey Hall, Funeral Director/Embalmer

Corey began his career in funeral service in the Atlanta area in after personally experiencing how a funeral director helped his family during a vulnerable time. He graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in 2005. Corey worked for a large funeral home in the Atlanta area before moving to Cookeville in 2015 to be near family.

Gary Risley

Gary Risley, Funeral Assistant

Gary began working at Dyer Funeral Home in 2018 after retiring from Williams Wholesale Company after many years. He and wife, Angie are members of Willow Avenue Church of Christ.

Jason Horner

Jason Horner, Manager