About Memorial Funeral Home

Memorial Funeral Home was started in the 1960’s as Harrill Funeral Home by The Harrill Brothers. We have been family owned and operated by Gale and Wanda Waters since 1992. We take pride in serving the needs of families at a time of the loss of a loved one or in making arrangements for any future needs. We are a full service funeral home that offers a wide variety of options that range from, but not limited to: the traditional funeral, a full funeral with viewing and cremation to follow, or a direct cremation with no services. Any service may be tailored to your specific needs or wishes.

Meet the Staff


Gale and Wanda Waters, Owners of Memorial Funeral Home, met and married in Sylva, North Carolina. Gale Waters is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in Tennessee and North Carolina, Wanda Waters is a Funeral Attendant.  They have 3 children, the oldest a son: Andy (Melanie) Waters of Maryville, daughter: Melissa (Darin) Allison of Sylva, NC, and daughter Trish (Jason) Wilburn of Seymour, grandson: Tyler Johnson and Mason Allison; granddaughters: Tori Madison Waters, Anna Elizabeth Waters, Emma Gale Wilburn, and Leah Grace Wilburn. Memorial Funeral Home is a family owned and operated business.


Trish Wilburn is Gale and Wanda Waters youngest daughter. She began working for her family in August of 2006. Trish has since then completed her funeral director & embalmer apprenticeship and has been Nationally Certified by the Conference of Funeral Directors and Embalmers, and currently holds a Tennessee Funeral Director and Embalmer’s license.  Trish is also a license preneed insurance producer. Trish and Jason were married in September 2007. They have two daughters Emma Gale and Leah Grace Wilburn.

Jim Favaron was raised and educated in the New Orleans area. He was an Office and Credit manager for local a local steel distributor for 8 years prior to joining the cemetery industry in 1978. He then moved to Martinsville, Virginia as a Sales manager in October of 1978 where he meet his Wife: Norma. They then moved to Greensboro, North Carolina in 1982 where Jim was very fortunate with the cemetery company, earning many award trips, quota buster ring, Charter Member Presidents Club, among others. For most of the next 20 years Jim was transferred to many locations in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. In total he lived and worked in 5 states, 11 cities, and 14 locations. His final transfer from Cookeville, Tennessee to Alcoa was in May of 1999 where he was the Sales manager of Sherwood Memorial Gardens. Starting in August of 2015 Jim became the After Care Specialist and Preneed Sales agent for Memorial Funeral Home.


Michael began working with Memorial Funeral Home in 2014. He was a graduate of William Blount High School in 2010 and is serving his apprenticeship as well as working toward a degree in Funeral Service from Ogeechee Technical College with plans to graduate in 2016. Michael is the pianist at Armona Baptist Church and a member of Prudentia Masonic Lodge #719 in Alcoa.