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. 

Telephone: 1-423-400-6132

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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.

Telephone: 1-423-605-7410

Email: ben@heritagebattlefield.com


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 was the backbone of Heritage Funeral Home, Battlefield Parkway Chapel for many years. She drew upon her years of experience that dated back to 1958 at Lane Funeral Home serving all families with love and compassion. Mrs. Lane served as a licensed funeral director for over 50 years. She remained active in her church's activities at Burning Bush Baptist and enjoyed time with family.  She lived on her family farm in Burning Bush until her passing.  She is greatly missed and remains close at heart to the staff at Heritage Funeral Home. 

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

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. Dewayne has served countless families at Heritage and we are thrilled to have him as a member of the team.  Dewayne has over 14 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.

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


Payton Vaughn

Payton Vaughn

Apprentice (Funeral Director & Embalmer)

Payton Vaughn joined the Heritage team in February 2018. He grew up in Wildwood, GA and graduated from Dade County High School.  Payton possesses an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Technology and is currently pursuing his career to become a licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer. Boxing and reading are his favorite ways to pass the time and God, family and friends are the forces that keep his heart beating and his feet moving. He loves working with people to achieve their goals and also enjoys being part of the team at Heritage.



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.

Paige Osbourn

Paige Osbourn

Ambassador (non-licensed)

Paige is a native of Chattooga County but she has lived in and served Dade, Catoosa and Walker Counties for nearly 30 years. Twenty-four of those years were at Hutcheson Medical Center. In addition to graduating as a Registered Nurse (R.N.) from Floyd College, Paige also holds a degree in Bible Ministry from Covington Theological Seminary. Combining educational pursuits with her God given passion allowed her to excel in her role at Hutcheson Hospice as well as her volunteer efforts of Jail and Prison Ministry to Catoosa and Hamilton Counties. As a Hospice R.N., she was privileged to twice receive the award for Compassionate Care Caregiver.

Paige is known community wide for her generous volunteer work with the American Cancer Society, Alzheimer's Association and Catoosa County Schools. The local church ministries of children and adults have been important to her life for many years. She is an alumnus of Catoosa Leadership and an Ambassador of the Walker County Chamber of Commerce.

She and her husband, Michael, have been married 27 years and their grown children, Matthew and SarahBeth have followed in Paige's footsteps in the healthcare field. Gardening, reading, and studying the Word of God are important interests to Paige. Early in her career a seasoned co-worker had a saying she repeated quite often, which she learned from her father, “Chop your own wood; it warms you twice.” Paige has found that to be true in life.


Email: paige@heritagebattlefield.com


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!

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.

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.



Bill Lowery

Bill Lowery

Ambassador (non-licensed)

Bill joined our team in 2018 as an Ambassador. He is a Doctor of Ministry and a retired Minister, having pastored for 20 years in Chattanooga, TN and Sparta, TN. Bill is blessed with 3 children, 5 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild. In his free time, he likes to fish, hunt, and ride four wheelers. He resides in Ringgold, Ga.


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.


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).

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.

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.

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.


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