About Us


Our Mission

  • Communication
  • Education
  • Legislation

To be the Tennessee Funeral Professionals leadership advocate, through communication, education and legislation; thereby empowering the licensed funeral professional the ability to serve at the highest level.


Contact TFDA Staff

Robert W. Batson, Executive Director

Dawn Elliott, Office Secretary

If you would like to ask us a question or make a comment please email us at

Tennessee Funeral Directors Association
1616 Church Street, Suite A
Nashville, TN 37203

Phone: (615) 321-8792
Fax: (615) 321-8794

Code of Ethics

I. AS FUNERAL DIRECTORS, we herewith fully acknowledge our individual and collective obligations to the public, especially to those we serve, and our mutual responsibilities for the proper welfare of the funeral service profession.

II. TO THE PUBLIC WE PLEDGE: vigilant support of public health laws; proper legal regulations for the members of our profession; devotion to high moral and service standards; conduct befitting good citizens; honesty in all offerings of service and merchandise and in all business transactions.

III. TO THOSE WE SERVE WE PLEDGE: confidential business and professional relationships; cooperation with the customs of all religions and creeds; observance of all respect due the deceased; high standards of competence and dignity in the conduct of all services; truthful representation of all services and merchandise.

IV. TO OUR PROFESSION WE PLEDGE: support of high educational standards and proper licensing laws; encouragement of scientific research; adherence to sound business practices; adoption of improved techniques; observance of all rules of fair competition and maintenance of personal relationships.

As an affiliate of our state association, we subscribe to the principles set forth in the Code of Ethics and pledge our best efforts to make them effective.

TFDA President

TFDA Vice President

Marc Sims
Karnes & Son Funeral Home
134 W College St
PO Box 289
Dyer, TN 38330
(731) 692-3711

NFDA Representative

NFDA Representative

Chris Christian
(Term 2016 - 18)
Christian-Sells Funeral Home
P.O. Box 775
Rogersville, TN 37857
Phone: (423) 272-0555
Fax: (423) 272-0524