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.