Staff

Our dedicated staff members are here to provide support, compassion, and information to help you through your journey of grief and the celebration of your loved one’s life.

Stevens Mortuary's commitment to you

Our staff is committed to providing support, compassion, information and direction as needed to all who are dealing with loss and grief.

When you request the services of Stevens Mortuary, we appoint a funeral professional who will guide you through each step of the decision-making process. With years of experience, he or she will present options, explain process and procedures and ensure that your and your family's requests and preferences are honored -- no detail is too small.



Our Families Say It Best

"Thank you so much for all the details to which you gave your loving, caring attention make my mother’s funeral a beautiful, memorable occasion. From the first moment your funeral director appeared at the nursing facility, until I picked up the death certificates, everything was handled smoothly, carefully and in total accordance with our wishes. It was a pleasure to work with you, even under the sad and challenging circumstances. I would never have believed it was possible to put together such a lovely occasion and the video in such a short time, and without a moment’s sense of pressure or strain."

-BRENDA HAMILTON

 

See additional comments from our families in the Testimonial Section.



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Mary Evelyn Cantwell COO/Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Evelyn Stevens Grindstaff Vice President
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William A. Whedbee Funeral Director
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Don Haynes, CFSP (Certified Funeral Service Practitioner) Funeral Director/Embalmer/Licensed Pre-Arrangement Counselor
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Steve Vandergriff Systems Manager
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Ron Brown Funeral Assistant
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Jerry Silcox Funeral Assistant
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Stephen Vandergriff Funeral Assistant
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Bitsie Watson Office Assistant
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Patricia Bridges Housekeeping
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Tina Johnson Housekeeping
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Charles Lenear II Landscaping
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Gail Henson Hairdresser
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Tracy Whedbee Hairdresser
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Nancy Silcox Organist
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Steve Johnson Organist

Mary Evelyn Cantwell

COO/Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Mary Evelyn Cantwell was born and raised on the family farm in Rutledge, Tennessee, along with her sister, Bernice Cantwell Stevens. She raised Angus Beef Cattle and won many Blue Ribbons at cattle shows. And she had a pet pig named “Roscoe”.

She was a star basketball player at Rutledge High School where she was Captain her junior and senior years. Mary was also Salutatorian and Vice President of her graduating class. She received an Associate of Arts Degree from Ward-Belmont College in Nashville, Tennessee, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree, with a Bacteriology Major and a Chemistry Minor, from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Mary Received a Medical Technology degree from East Tennessee Baptist Hospital. As a Registered Technologist (ASCP), she was one of the staff members who opened the clinical laboratory at The University of Tennessee (UTMC). She was Chief Medical Technologist for many years, as well as a member of the faculty of the first Medical Technologist Class.

In 1978, Mary graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated Puma Cum Laude, was named to the National Dean’s List, and was treasurer of her class. She was licensed as a Funeral Director and Embalmer in April of 1979 and has been employed since 1979 at Stevens Mortuary, Inc. where she is still active as a Funeral Director, Embalmer, and COO of the company. Mary was the first female Funeral Director and Embalmer in Knoxville.

She is a member of Rutledge Baptist Church, Holston-Mascot #55 OES, a Kentucky Colonel, an avid Lady Vols Basketball fan, an antique collector, and a small craft pilot. Mary worked in Yellowstone National Park one summer. She has traveled to 44 states and many foreign countries, including Israel, her favorite destination.

Professional membership in:

  • Tennessee Funeral Directors Association
  • National Funeral Directors Association
  • Order of the Golden Rule
  • Tennessee Alumni Association

Evelyn Stevens Grindstaff

Vice President
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Evelyn is the daughter of founders, Tom and Bernice Stevens. Born in Knoxville, she graduated from Central High School, attended the University of Tennessee for three years, and graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She taught twelfth grade English in suburban St. Louis. Evelyn served as Vice President of Public Relations for one of the Sisters of Mercy Hospitals in Cincinnati for several years. From there she joined a national healthcare consulting firm headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan. As a partner and Vice President of Marketing, she and partners oversaw the sale and transition of the firm to a publicly traded company where she was Director of Corporate Marketing. In 1999, Evelyn returned to Knoxville, assumed an active role in the family business, and established a home closer to her family, children and grandchildren. She is an avid golf fan and Sunday afternoon golfer.

 

Professional membership in:

Tennessee Funeral Directors Association 

National Funeral Directors Association

International Order of the Golden Rule

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

William A. Whedbee

Funeral Director
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Bill was born and raised in Knoxville. He graduated from Fulton High School and served five years on active duty with the U.S. Army. After serving in the active military, he joined the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Knoxville and served until his retirement from the reserves in 2009. From June 2004 until November 2005, he served a tour of duty in Iraq with the 278th Regimental Combat Team. Bill joined the staff of Stevens Mortuary in 1988 and served his funeral director apprenticeship with the funeral home. 

 

Professional membership in: 

Tennessee Funeral Director Association

National Funeral Directors Association

International Order of the Golden Rule

Don Haynes, CFSP (Certified Funeral Service Practitioner)

Funeral Director/Embalmer/Licensed Pre-Arrangement Counselor
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Don, a native of Knoxville, was born at St. Mary's Hospital, just up the hill from Stevens Mortuary. He graduated from Fulton High School and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville where he was a member of the "Tennessee Pride of the Southland Band." Don received his Associate of Arts Degree in Mortuary Science from John A. Gupton College in Nashville where he graduated "Magna Cum Laude" and was named to the National Dean's List. Don also served as the class Chaplain.

As a certified funeral service practitioner, Don is a licensed funeral director, embalmer, and pre-arrangement counselor serving the funeral profession for 46 years. He also serves as a Notary Public at Large for the state of Tennessee, and is an Ordained Elder. Don and Erin, his wife of 37 years, have four children and two grandchildren. Don and Erin live in the Halls Community of North Knox County.  Don enjoys day trips to the Great Smoky Mountains, Florida beach vactions with the family, reading American History, collecting and watching "classic movies", golf, chess, and big band music.

Professional membership in:

Greater Knoxville Funeral Service Associates

Tennessee Funeral Director Association

National Funeral Directors Association

Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice

International Order of the Golden Rule

British Institute of Embalmers

Gideons International

 

 

 

Steve Vandergriff

Systems Manager
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Ron Brown

Funeral Assistant
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Jerry Silcox

Funeral Assistant
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Stephen Vandergriff

Funeral Assistant
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Bitsie Watson

Office Assistant
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Patricia Bridges

Housekeeping
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Tina Johnson

Housekeeping
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Charles Lenear II

Landscaping
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Gail Henson

Hairdresser
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Tracy Whedbee

Hairdresser
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Nancy Silcox

Organist
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Steve Johnson

Organist
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