Meet Our Staff

Our staff provides excellent funeral planning services.

We have years of experience caring for families from all walks of life, cultures and faiths. Our unsurpassed staff and our family provide kind, caring, professional service. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession who are dedicated to excellence in service, adhere to the highest funeral industry standards, and have exceptional integrity. We consistently earn phenomenally high customer satisfaction survey results.

Our licensed, professional staff is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 706-866-5400 anytime. We will even come to you to make arrangements in the comfort of your home.

Prompt, compassionate service is always just a phone call away, where and when you need it.


Russell  Friberg

Russell Friberg

Founder / Licensed FD & Emb, TN & GA

Russell Friberg founded Heritage Funeral Home in 1993 along with Ross and Thelma Lane.  He has served the Chattanooga, North Georgia area through funeral service for nearly 50 years.  He and his son, Ben Friberg, continue serving families in the Chattanooga, North Georgia area through the Heritage Battlefield Chapel in Fort Oglethorpe, GA.  Russell stays involved in numerous civic organizations that serve the Chattanooga, North Georgia communities. 

Ross  C. Lane

Ross C. Lane

Founder

Ross Lane is one of the biggest contributors to the funeral profession in Chattanooga and North Georgia. He began his career as a young man with Coulter Funeral Home and Bryan Funeral Home. In November 1958 he started Lane-McCormick Funeral Home on Chickamauga Avenue. As the business grew, it changed to Lane-Routh then Lane Funeral Home, South Crest Chapel. Throughout the successful years that followed, Ross built and purchased several other locations such as Valley View Chapel, Summerville Chapel, R.J. Coulter Chapel, Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park and other ventures. The funeral business flourished under the leadership of Ross; he decided to retire in 1986. He wanted to travel a bit and enjoy his farm in Burning Bush while tending to his prize possessions, his beautiful Belgian and Clydesdale horses and cattle. In 1993, he decided to re-enter the funeral profession as a partner with Russell Friberg and launch Heritage Funeral Home on East Brainerd Road. In 1996, the construction of our Battlefield Parkway Chapel began. It was during this time we faced the untimely death of Ross. Although his presence is greatly missed, the work of Ross Lane continues yet today.

Thelma  Lane

Thelma Lane

Founder

Mrs. Lane is the backbone of Heritage Funeral Home, Battlefield Parkway Chapel. She draws on her years of experience that date back to 1958 at Lane Funeral Home. She has served as a licensed funeral director for over 50 years. She remains active in her church's activities at Burning Bush Baptist and enjoys time with her daughter, Diane; two grandchildren, Holly and Bill; and several  great-grandchildren. She lives on the family farm in Burning Bush.

Ben  Friberg

Ben Friberg

Managing Partner /Ga. Director / Embalmer

Ben Friberg is the Managing Partner of Heritage Funeral Home and Crematory, Battlefield Parkway. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville as well as Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science. Upon graduating from UT in 2000, Ben joined Heritage Funeral Home to work alongside his father, Russell Friberg.

Email: ben@heritagebattlefield.com


David Cummings

David Cummings

Georgia Director/Embalmer

David is a familiar face to the funeral industry, having started with Lane Funeral Home in 1984. He has served with Heritage Funeral Home since the Battlefield Chapel opened in 1997. He is a graduate of Dalton Junior College and received his degree in mortuary science from Gupton-Jones Mortuary College. He is a member of the Cremation Association of North America. David is past president of North Georgia Civitan Club, member of the Quitman Lodge #106, Ringgold Kiwanis Club, and Georgia Academy of Graduate Embalmers, and co-chairman of the Down Home Christmas Committee in Ringgold for the past 15 years. He has been co-coordinator in the 1890s Day Jamboree for more than 30 years, having been instrumental in starting the family gospel night. David and his wife Marlene reside in Ringgold, Georgia.

Dewayne Gravley

Dewayne Gravley

Apprentice (Funeral Director/Embalmer)

Dewayne is a native of Marietta, Georgia. He has been in the funeral industry since 2003 and joined Heritage Funeral Home in July, 2012. He is a member of the Battlefield Parkway team, where he is currently completing his apprenticeship to become a funeral director and embalmer. Dewayne has helped us serve many families over the last year and a half, and we are thrilled to have him as a full-time member of the team. Dewayne has over 10 years of experience serving families in the funeral service profession. He currently resides in Ringgold, Georgia, is a member of Catoosa Baptist Tabernacle, and is married to Shelley Smith Gravley. Shelley is a teacher at Ringgold Elementary School. Dewayne is an avid New York Mets, Atlanta Hawks and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets fan. He also enjoys studying history, particularly U.S. and European history and the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century.

Email: Dewayne@heritagebattlefield.com


John  Lifsey

John Lifsey

Director/Embalmer TN & GA

John is a graduate of John A. Gupton College and Middle Tennessee State University. He has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 1968, having 10 years teaching and administrative experience in an American Board of Funeral Service Education accredited Mortuary College. John served as representative to the Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards and as Secretary of the University Mortuary Science Education Association. He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and the Georgia Academy of Graduate Embalmers. He is Past Master of the East Ridge Masonic Lodge, Past Sovereign of Knights of Red Cross of Constantine, Thirty Third Degree Scottish Rite Mason, and member of the Alhambra Shrine Temple, the Royal Order of Scotland and the Royal Order of Jesters. He and his wife Ellen reside in Flintstone, Georgia and have a son, Griffin, and four grandchildren. They are members of First Centenary United Methodist Church and the Chattanooga/LaFayette Emmaus Community.

Email: John@heritagebattlefield.com


Sue Humble

Sue Humble

Ambassador (non licensed)

Sue is our Administrative Assistant/Insurance person here at the Battlefield Parkway Chapel of Heritage Funeral Home. She is a retired mother of three sons and the proud grandmother of four. Sue is a member of Boynton United Methodist Church and enjoys music, baking, decorating, and volunteering at a local nursing home. She especially loves time spent with her grandchildren and friends. Sue makes her home in Ringgold, Georgia with her husband, David.

Mike  Sims

Mike Sims

Ambassador(non licensed)

Mike has been with Heritage since the spring of 2007. He is a retired minister, having pastored for 30 years and also trained and educated aspiring ministers. He and his wife Flonnie have three children and nine wonderful grandchildren. When not at the funeral home, Mike enjoys fishing, hunting, and spending time with his family and grandkids. He and his wife live in Ringgold, Georgia.

Steve Clark

Steve Clark

Family Services

Steve Clark joined the staff at Heritage Battlefield in November 2015. He is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in Business Finance. Steve has assisted individuals in prearranging their funerals for over 15 years in the Cleveland and Knoxville, Tennessee areas. Steve and his wife, Michelle, have three children and one grandchild.

Liz  Wright

Liz Wright

Ambassador (non licensed)

Liz is a greeter as well as a hair stylist. Liz has been working in the funeral profession for some 30 years. Liz was former owner and operator of the Beauty Nook Salon in East Ridge for many years. She is a member of New Haven Baptist Church. She lives in Ringgold, Georgia and has a son and daughter, two grandsons and two great-grandsons.

Ronald McJunkin

Ronald McJunkin

Ambassador (non-licensed)

Ronald McJunkin graduated from Chattanooga Valley School, attended the University of Chattanooga (now UTC) for two years, and then entered the Army. He served in the Army Security Agency from 1956-1959 at Clark Air Base in the Philippine Islands. He married Jane Carol Smith in 1961, and together, they have three children. Ronald has spent a lifetime singing, primarily with quartets, at churches throughout the Tri-State area and beyond while working as a brick mason since 1950 (not including his time spent in the Army).

Mary Jo McCoy

Mary Jo McCoy

Pianist / Music & Sound Coordinator

Mary Jo joined the Heritage staff part-time in 2013 and became our full-time pianist and music coordinator in November 2014. She is retired from Hyyti Associates, where she worked as an Administrative Assistant and Office Manager for 34 years. Mary Jo and her husband of 52 years, Robert, have two children, four grandchildren and one great-grandson. She is an active member of Temple Baptist Church, where she has also been the pianist for 52 years, as she was offered the position only two weeks prior to her wedding!

Dr. Keith McLeod

Dr. Keith McLeod

Ambassador (non-licensed)

Keith McLeod joined the staff at Heritage Battlefield in December 2015. He is a graduate of Southern Bible Institute and Seminary, earning his Doctorate in Ministry. Keith retired from the United States Navy with 20 years of faithful service. He has been Pastor of Boynton Baptist Church in Ringgold for almost 22 years. Keith also serves as Chaplain of Catoosa County Sheriff's Office. Keith and his wife, Joan, have one daughter and four grandchildren.



Taylor Newby Vick

Taylor Newby Vick

Administrative Assistant

Taylor joined the Heritage family as our Administrative Assistant in October 2016. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English from Dalton State College. It won’t surprise you to learn that she loves to read and write. Her taste in literature is varied, but an example of a favorite author is Herman Melville, and one of her favorite poets is Emily Dickinson. If she’s not reading or writing in her free time, she’s antique shopping or refurbishing vintage furniture. Taylor resides in Flintstone, Georgia with her husband Sonny and their three cats Jack, Jon, and Montague.

Email: taylor@heritagebattlefield.com


Jerry McDonald

Jerry McDonald

Ambassador (non-licensed)

Jerry is one of our friendly ambassadors. He previously worked in the Walker County School System for 18 years and has been assisting with funeral services in this area for several years. Jerry and his wife Gail reside in Chickamauga, Georgia and attend Shiloh Baptist Church in Rossville. Jerry has actively served in the church for over 30 years and has held positions including deacon, Children’s Minister, and Sunday School teacher.



Gail McDonald

Gail McDonald

Ambassador (non-licensed)

Gail is another lovely ambassador here at Heritage. She often greets visitors with her husband Jerry many evenings of the week. Gail has served in Children's Ministry and as a Sunday School Teacher at Shiloh Baptist Church. Gail and Jerry are blessed with three children and nine grandchildren.



Gary Harris

Gary Harris

Ambassador (non-licensed)

Gary joined the Heritage Family as an ambassador in January 2017. He is a native Chattanoogan who attended University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and graduated from Lee College in Cleveland, Tennessee. Gary also holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary. He is a retired clergyman and has been active in ministry for more than 40 years. He and his wife Dorlene have lived in Ringgold for the past three years. Gary enjoys gardening and spending time with his three children and eight grandchildren.


Jane Nelson

Jane Nelson

Ambassador (Non-licensed)

Jane Nelson serves as an ambassador alongside her husband Larry many evenings of the week. She is retired from Danube Carpet and Parkridge East Hospital. In her free time, she enjoys working on jigsaw puzzles. Along with 56 years of marriage, Jane and Larry share pride for their two daughters Judy and Jennifer, three grandsons Lance, Jacob and Jared, and one great-grandson Matthew.



Larry Nelson

Larry Nelson

Ambassador (Non-licensed)

Larry Nelson serves as an ambassador here at Heritage in addition to being semi-retired from his employer of 29 years, Walter A. Wood. In his down time, Larry enjoys playing golf. He lives in Rossville, Georgia with his wife of 56 years, Jane. He and Jane attend Parkway Baptist Church together and are proud parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents. Their grandson Jared is currently serving our country in the Navy.



Pat Hamil

Pat Hamil

Ambassador (non-licensed)

Pat Hamil is one of the kind faces greeting visitors here at Heritage Funeral Home. She has been with us since 2016. She resides in Rock Spring, Georgia with her husband Steve. Pat and Steve have been married for 33 years and greatly enjoy bass fishing together. Pat is also blessed with two children, two granddaughters, and four great-grandchildren.


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