Meet Our Staff

Charles Higgins

Funeral Director

Charles is the grandson of Hiram C. Higgins, founder of Higgins Funeral Home, and son of Philip M. Higgins, the second-generation owner. Charles has been with the funeral home since 1972 as the third-generation owner for 35 years.

Clay Higgins

Owner / Funeral Director / Embalmer

Clay, son of Charles Higgins, returned to Fayetteville in 2001 from Colorado as the fourth-generation owner of Higgins Funeral Home. He is a 1992 graduate of Abilene Christian University. After completing his certification in funeral directing and embalming at the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, he completed his requirements to become licensed in both disciplines. After working in the tech industry in Colorado, Clay and his wife Amy decided to move to Fayetteville to work in the family business and raise their two children, Hunter and Lucy.

Christopher Ross

Owner / Insurance Agent / Notary / Funeral Director / Embalmer (TN, AL, MI)

Chris joined Higgins Funeral Home in 2014 and is part of our Complete Care program. He is a licensed funeral director (TN6483, AL6711) and embalmer (TN6484, AL1867) and is a licensed insurance agent for the state of Tennessee. Chris has earned the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice (APFSP). He also has his Crematory Operators Certification from the Cremation Association of North America. Chris also holds a mortuary science license in the State of Michigan.

Chris is married to Rachel of Lawrence County and they have one daughter, Raegan. He is an active member of the Fayetteville Lions Club, serves on the Boards of Middle Tennessee Lions Sight Services and Leadership Lincoln.  He is also a member of the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, and Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.

Tommy Graham

Funeral Director (TN & AL) / Embalmer / Embalmer in Tennessee & Alabama

Tommy began his career in funeral service in 1964. He is a graduate of the John A. Gupton College in Nashville where he received an Associate of Arts degree in funeral service. He also holds certification from the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards, and is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in both Tennessee and Alabama. He and his wife, Jane, have one daughter, Robbin Kennamer.  Robbin and her husband also have one daughter, and the family are members of the First Baptist Church in McBurg.

Hope DeJarnatt

After Care Counselor * / Notary

Hope started with Higgins Funeral Home in 2009. She is a native of Lincoln County, and a member of the Washington Street Church of Christ. She is married to Dr. Dan DeJarnatt. They have two children, Drew Ivey and Laura Stevens. In 2019, Hope completed her certification to become a Stephen Minister.

Andrea Delap

Apprentice Funeral Director / Notary

Andrea is a Lincoln County native and 1992 graduate of Lincoln County High School. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Lipscomb University in 1996 and remained in Nashville working for five years. In 2001, Andrea moved back home to Fayetteville and has worked in the banking, insurance, and retail business over the last 20 years. She is eager to put both her work experience and her education into practice to serve families in their time of need. Andrea is involved in the community as a board member for the Fayetteville/Lincoln County Public Library, a member and Past President of Carriage House Players, a performer with The Fabulous Fifties Show, and board member of the Fabulous Fifties Foundation

Mitch Southerland

Advance Planning Specialist *

Joe Self

Family Service Counselor

Joseph is married to his wife, Keran Self. Together they have two children, Jessica and Jason, and eight grandchildren. Joseph served in the public utility industry for almost 40 years before retiring from Fayetteville Public Utilities. Joseph also served 32 years in the military. His service included eight years active duty with the U.S. Air Force and 24 years in the Tennessee Army National Guard, from which he retired as 1st Sergeant HHD, 117th RTI. Upon receiving his Master of Divinity in Professional Ministries, Joseph became pastor at Molino Baptist Church, where he continues to serve.  

He enjoys serving his country and local community. He participates in various volunteer opportunities in the community, such as serving as a chaplain for hospice care, working with children and families at Riverside Christian Academy, and working at Higgins Funeral Home as a funeral assistant. Having experienced several tragic losses throughout his life and working with those suffering from loss and other trauma, Joseph took the additional training to become a Certified Grief Counseling Specialist to better serve those in need and is glad to serve those through Higgins Funeral Home.

Sherri Haislip

Funeral Assistant *

Sherri started with Higgins Funeral Home in 2005. She is a native of Lincoln County and a graduate of Central High School. She is married to Ricky Haislip. They have two children, Marissa Thornton and Carmen Haislip.

Lynn Moore

Funeral Assistant *

Lynn started working for Higgins Funeral Home in 2017. He is married to Jeanie Moore, and they have two kids, Megan and Christopher Moore.

James Strope

Funeral Assistant *

Jon Hawkins

Advance Planning Agent *

Brenda Neely

Funeral Assistant *

Mark Browning

Funeral Assistant *

Drew Ivey

Funeral Assistant *

Carol Foster

Funeral Assistant *

* non-licensed team members 



In Memory of

Hiram Carrigan “Clay” Higgins
(1876 – 1955)

Philip Medearis Higgins
(1908 – 2004)

David Larry “Frog” Halcomb
(1940 – 2011)

Robert Strope
(1942 – 2018)

Tommy Sisk
(1950 – 2019)

Matthew Sullenger
(1974 – 2020)

James Lee Fox, Sr.
(1954 – 2023)

Joe Russell Bryson
(1929 – 1995)