History & Staff

At Carter-Trent Funeral Home, we provide personalized service options that allow you to honor your loved ones in a way that is both meaningful and healing. We hope to provide support and caring while delivering memorial services that celebrate life and help families find the peace they deserve.
If you’re seeking an honorable celebration of life in null and the surrounding areas, we invite you to learn more about where we came from, our vision, and the dedicated people behind our work.

A History of Caring

A History of Compassion

Carter-Trent Funeral Home, is a business built on service and tradition.

That service and tradition, began in 1920 when the Huff Funeral Home opened its doors to serve the downtown Kingsport area. The owners were the late J.W. Huff and J. Frank Nelson, who served the community for years. In 1954 it was purchased by Bill Carter and Frank Clamon to become Carter-Clamon Funeral Home. It was then purchased by Mr. Dean Trent and became Carter-Trent Funeral Home.

Mr. Trent started his career in funeral service in 1959, as a partner in a funeral home in Gate City, Va. and has worked for over 50 years providing service and comfort to the families of the Tri-Cities area of Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

Carter-Trent Funeral Home, now consists of three locations. The downtown Kingsport location was completely remodeled in 1998; the Church Hill location was opened on January 1, 1996 to serve the families of Hawkins County and our newest location, the Scott County Funeral Home was acquired in November of 2003 and completely renovated with the addition of a new chapel (seating capacity of 350) to serve the families of Scott County and surrounding areas.

Carter-Trent Funeral Home, continues to follow a tradition of offering affordable services with the highest integrity. Our staff is caring, dedicated and a very professional group of men and women, who take great pride in the service that they give, striving to go beyond what is required, providing not only service but comfort to every family we serve creating, Special Memories of Life.

Our Staff’s Dedication to Respectful Care

A funeral, or memorial service, should provide family members and loved ones with the chance to reflect, remember, and celebrate a life well-lived. At Carter-Trent, our goal is to create exceptional services and experiences that fulfill the wishes of your loved one. Our experienced Funeral Directors provide guidance on the crucial first steps toward healing.

Dean and Martha Trent

Dean and Martha have been involved in funeral service since Dean's involvement in Gate City Funeral Home in 1959. Dean and Martha have been married since 1957 and have been active and involved in this area all their lives from when Dean's father, Rex was owner of the Peggy Ann Restaurant and Martha's father, Rev Carl Triplett, was pastor of the Temple Baptist Church.

Dean is active in many organizations including the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association, Mason's, Shriner's, and Chamber of Commerce, to name a few. Their family continues that tradition of service as their children, Judy Addington, Deana Steadman and Jodi Redwine, work in the Kingsport office.

Dean and Martha Trent, owners of the funeral home from 1991 - 2012 are very active in the day to day operations of the funeral home. His love of his community is his drive in serving the many thousands of families of Carter-Trent Funeral Home.

Dean and Martha are members of the Temple Baptist Church.

Jacob K. Gasperson
Manager: Licensed F.D. & Embalmer

Jacob K. Gasperson is a native of Kingsport, Tennessee and is married to Tiffany Rhoton of Fall Branch, where they currently reside. In 2006 upon graduation from Dobyns-Bennett High School, he attended college in Nashville for several years before going to American McAllister Funeral Academy in Manhattan, New York, where he graduated in 2013. He is currently a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in Tennessee and a Funeral Service Provider in Virginia. His was named the manager of our Scott County Funeral Home, Weber City, Virginia in June 2016. In his spare time Jacob enjoys farming, hunting and fishing. He and his lovely wife, Tiffany, are the proud parents of Isaac David and Harper Suzanne.

Judy Addington
Funeral Director

Judy Addington, is the eldest daughter of Mr. Dean E. & Martha Trent. She is a licensed Funeral Director in Tennessee, holds a courtesy license to practice Funeral Directing in Virginia and is also a licensed Insurance Agent. She has been active in all aspects of the funeral business since 1991 when her family purchased the funeral home. and assists in all facets of the funeral home. Judy is a graduate from ETSU with a BS degree in elementary and secondary education.. She is married to Mark Addington, retired Kingsport Police Chief and they have two sons, Brinley and Breven.

Deana Steadman
Licensed Funeral Director

Deana was born and raised in Kingsport, and has been with the firm from the beginning in 1991. Deana attended North High School and East Tennessee State University. She is a Tennessee Licensed Funeral Director having received her license in 1997. Deana is married to David Steadman and they have twins, Drew and Whitney Steadman.

Terry Hurley
Licensed Funeral Director

Terry, who was the manager of our Church Hill location, now works part time for the funeral homes. He began his career in the funeral business in 1970 and joined Carter-Trent Funeral Home in 2004. He is a licensed funeral director in Tennessee and holds a courtesy license in the state of Virginia. Born in Sneedville, TN, he and his wife Diana have lived in Kingsport since 1973 and have one daughter, Dr. Michelle Hurley.

Jessee P. Hagan
Licensed Funeral Director / Embalmer

Jessee P. Hagan, a native of Big Stone Gap, Virginia joined the Carter-Trent family in August 2016 and currently he and his wife, Morgan, reside in Fall Branch, Tennessee. Jessee earned a Bachelor's Degree in Mortuary Science from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Upon graduating Mortuary College Jessee was awarded the Arthur J. Russler Memorial Embalming Award for the highest competence in the clinical setting as evaluated by the clinical faculty. He is currently a Funeral Director and Embalmer in Tennessee, a Funeral Service Provider in Virginia, a Cremation Specialist, a Certified Crematory Operator and a Celebrant. He is a 4th generation funeral professional. He is excited to carry on those family values and traditions, here at Carter-Trent Funeral Home.

Gregory R. Lubrano
Operations Support Specialist/Lic FD/Emb

Gregory joined the firm in May 2002 when he relocated from New York.  A licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, he holds licenses in Tennessee, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York and has worked continuously in funeral service since August 1996.

Greg was formerly the Office Administrator for Carter-Trent’s three locations in Kingsport, Church Hill and Scott County, VA, until February 2018, when he was promoted to Operations Support Specialist for the Northern Region of the company.

Although he will no longer work in the day to day operations of the funeral home, he will be working from an office in the downtown Kingsport location.  As such he will be available to assist as needed.  Greg is a member of the Kingsport Lions Club and is married to Dr. Joann W. D’Aprile-Lubrano, a family physician.  Together they have six children.

Traci Summey Starnes
Office Staff

Traci, who is originally from Gate City, VA, has lived in Kingsport since 1993. She joined the firm in 2007 as an Administrative Assistant. Traci is married to Michael Starnes and has two children, Madison and Peyton. She and her family attend Colonial Heights Baptist Church.

Vivian Rector
Family Care Advisor

Vivian’s family moved from Virginia to Kingsport, Tennessee at an early age where she spent her childhood. After her High School graduation, she attended the University of Tennessee and then went on to live in Illinois for several years. Upon returning to Kingsport she began a career in the Funeral Service Profession, obtaining her Tennessee Funeral Directors license in 1996. She has been working in Pre-Need with Carter-Trent since 2006. Vivian is also a Licensed Tennessee Insurance Agent and is a Registered Agent for Pre-Need. Vivian attends bible study (Precept Class) on Tuesday mornings at First Baptist Church, Kingsport.

Doug Hurley
Family Care Advisor

Doug has been a resident of Gray, Tennessee for 42 years. He is married to Carolyn Stitt Hurley. Doug and his wife have two sons, Anthony & wife Ronette, Rodney & wife Linda and two grandchildren, Dakota and Kelsey.

He as been a Family Care Advisor in Aftercare and Pre-Need with Carter-Trent Funeral Home since 2000. Doug is a Licensed Insurance Agent and a Registered Pre Need Agent in both Tennessee and Virginia. 

Doug and his wife attend Emmanuel Baptist Church of Johnson City. Doug has been a minister of music for 30 years.

George Hutson

George has lived most of his life in Kingsport. He joined the firm in 2001, working in our maintenance department and has worked in the funeral industry since 1986. George is a veteran having served in the U.S. Marines.

Pam Houseright

Pam lives in Gate City, VA and has been in this area for over 49 years. Pam came to the firm in October 2002 and works in our housekeeping department, keeping our locations beautiful. She is married to Dwight Houseright (Eastman) and they have 2 daughters, Heather Price and Sarina Duncan and a grandson, Kevin Price. They attend the Oak Glen Baptist Church, Yuma, VA

Jack Edwards
Funeral Assistant

Jack joined the firm in July 2007 and works as a Funeral Assistant. Originally from Grayson County, Virginia, Jack earned a bachelors degree from Tennessee Wesleyan College and his master of divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He is retired from the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church after serving 45 years in active ministry, having retired as Senior Pastor of First Broad Street United Methodist Church, Kingsport, TN (June 2007). He is a member of the Kingsport District Committee on Ministry; the Kingsport District Board of Church Location and Building and the Downtown Kingsport Facade Committee. He and his wife Judy, have two children and four grandchildren and attend First Broad Street United Methodist Church.

Joe Haynes
Funeral Assistant

Joe is a funeral assistant and has been with the firm since April 2005. A native of Scott County, Joe relocated to Kingsport after serving in the US Army from 1960-1962. Joe graduated from Whitney Business College, working for Eastman Chemical Co. having retired in 1995 after 32 years of service. Joe is married to Phyllis, and they have 1 son and 3 grandchildren and attend the Cedar View Independent Methodist Church.

Billy Jack Johnson
Funeral Assistant

Billy Jack is a funeral assistant having joined the firm in 2003. He was born and raised at Blackwater, VA. He came to Kingsport in 1960. Billy Jack worked for the Mead Corp. for 29 years and then with Willamette Ind. for 3 years before retiring in 1999. In 1962 he married Wanda F. Baker. They have 2 children and 4 grandchildren and attend the Walnut Chapel Primitive Baptist Church for which Billy Jack is a member of the Deacon Board.

Mack Edwards
Funeral Assistant

Mack is a native of Scott County (Dry Creek), he has lived in the Weber City area for the past 38 plus years. He is retired from J.P. Stevens Corp after 35 years of service. Having some previous experience as a Funeral Assistant, Mack joined the firm in February 2005. His is married to Jewell Beldsoe Edwards and they have 3 children and 5 grandchildren.

Kit McGlothlin
Funeral Assistant

Kit McGlothlin joined Carter-Trent in August of 2012 as a funeral assistant. He is owner of McGlothlin Builders & has been building houses in the Kingsport area for the past 50 years.
Kit was co-founder of the McGlothlin Quartet singing all over the Southeast United States for over 45 years. He is an active member & deacon at Higher Ground Baptist Church. Kit has been married to Carolyn Jordan McGlothlin for the past 56 years and they have a daughter, Kimberly Bagwell & husband, Martin and a son, Derrick McGlothlin and wife, Becky. Kit & Carolyn have one granddaughter, Kylee McGlothlin.

John Eidson
Funeral Assistant

John joined the firm in Jan 2005. He worked for Quebecor World for 40 years retiring in 1998. A 42 year resident of Surgoinsville, after retiring John was elected to the Hawkins Co. Board of Commission and has served for seven years and in 2004 he created the Down Home Gospel TV Channel. John is married to Yvonne Skelton Eidson and in Nov. 2011 they celebrated 50 years of marriage. John and Yvonne have two sons.

Wayne Vaughn
Funeral Assistant

Wayne a life long resident of Surgoinsville, TN, has been at Carter- Trent since 2002 as a funeral assistant. A veteran of the US Air Force, he retired after 31 years of service from Eastman Chemical Corp. Wayne is married to Evie Vaughn. They have 2 children and attend the Oak Grove Baptist Church where Wayne is a Deacon and serves on the Welcome Committee.

Virgil Mauk
Funeral Assistant

Virgil began working in 2011. He is retired from Holliston Mills and a life long resident of Surgoinsville, TN. Virgil is married to Madelyn Linkous Mauk and they have two children. He is member and deacon in Oakdale Central Baptist Church. He enjoys farming and being outdoors.

David Lane
Night Call

David H. Lane joined Carter-Trent Funeral Home in June of 2005. He is a graduate of Liberty University and holds a B.S. Degree in Religion / Biblical Counseling. David took a slight hiatus from us to pursue his ministry and now has returned while he studies for his Masters in Divinity (MID). David serves our family by bringing your loved ones into our care. David has one son, Zach who lives in North Carolina.

Calvin Baker
Funeral Assistant

Calvin is a funeral assistant, he came to work with the firm in October 2004. He has lived in the area for over 34 years having graduated from Gate City High School and the Scott County Vocational School. He is employed at the Eastman Chemical Co for 31 year and the Kingsport Press for 6 years. Calvin is married to Lou Ann Baker and they have 2 children and 1 great grandchild.

M.J. Mann
Funeral Assistant

I joined the staff of Scott County Funeral Home in June of 2010. I am a retired employee of Eastman Chemical Co. having retired in November of 1997. Along with my wife of eleven years, Betty D., I attend Victory Baptist Church in Gate City, VA and teach a young`s Men Sunday school class. I enjoy playing golf, hunting and fishing. We are blessed with a little granddaughter, whom we enjoy very much.

Jackie Needham
Funeral Assistant

Jackie joined Carter-Trent Funeral Home in 2012 as a funeral assistant. He has been married to the former Joan Roberts for 47 years and they have three children, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Jackie is a U. S. Navy veteran having served in Vietnam. He retired from Eastman Chemical after 34 years of service. Jackie has been a member of First Freewill Baptist Church for 43 years.

In Memoriam

Brent Warner

Our Carter-Trent family, and the Kingsport community, suffered an enormous loss when Brent Warner passed away on May 16, 2020. Brent touched so many lives through his compassionate care and leadership over his 28 years at Carter-Trent Funeral Homes. Brent helped create a true center of healing and warmth in our community while always giving back through his many charitable activities and commitment to youth sports.

Brent was a lifelong resident of Kingsport and a nephew of Dean Trent. He joined the firm in 1991 after graduating from Sullivan North High School and grew to become the General Manager in 2014 overseeing all three locations. He graduated from John A. Gupton College in Nashville in 1995 and received his Tennessee License for Funeral Directing and Embalming in 1996. He became a funeral service provider for the State of Virginia in July of 2009. Brent is survived by his wife, Carrie Surgenor, and their two children: son, Blain and daughter, Blair.

Brent was passionate about his profession and was always dedicated to honoring the lives of everyone that came into his care and will be greatly missed by everyone whose lives he touched.