History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

In 1907 a young man named J.U. McKoon had followed his dream and opened a funeral home in Luthersville, GA.  In 1918,  Mr. McKoon relocated funeral home to the South Court Square in Newnan to be closer to the majority of his client families.    The depression caused the Cuttino family to lose their historic 1875 home.  In 1937, Mr. McKoon purchased the former Cuttino residence from the Newnan Savings Bank and moved the funeral home to its current downtown location. 
After Mr. J.U. McKoon's death in 1958, his son Robert B. McKoon became the second generation to own and operate the funeral home. Mr. Robert McKoon was well known throughout the area for his genuine care and concern for families.  Mr. Robert sold the funeral home to Terry Daviston in 1986.  McKoon Funeral Home & Crematory is family owned and operated by father and son, Terry & John Daviston.

Our Valued Staff

  • Terry  Daviston

    Terry Daviston Owner

    Terry was born in Pea Ridge, Alabama and is a longtime Newnan resident since purchasing the funeral home from the McKoon family. He served in the U.S. Army in Japan for several years where he was in Military Intelligence. Terry graduated from the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science and is a licensed funeral director & embalmer. He is a Past President of the Georgia Funeral Directors Association and is a member of the First Baptist Church of Newnan, the White Oak Golden K Kiwanis Club. He served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Wesley Woods of Newnan-Peachtree City and is a member of the Coweta County Development Authority. In 2004, Governor Perdue appointed Terry to the Georgia State Board of Funeral Service where he served for nearly 10 years.. He is married to Martha Ann and is the father of Tracy Daviston Piepho and John Daviston. He is the proud grandfather to Sawyer Daviston Piepho, Wilson Lanier Daviston, and Ruby Adair Daviston. Terry enjoys spending time with his family and riding his Harley-Davidson

  • John Daviston , CFSP

    John Daviston , CFSP Owner/President

    John grew up in Newnan and graduated from Newnan High School. He is also graduate of Auburn University and Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service. John holds the distinction of being a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) which is the highest professional designation in the funeral industry. He is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer as well as a licensed agent for insurance sales. John is member of SouthCrest Church, the Newnan Rotary Club and the Atlanta Chapter of Entrepreneurs' Organization (E.O.). He is a graduate of Leadership Coweta and is a graduate of the 2015 class of Leadership Georgia. He previously served as a board member of Leadership Coweta, The Newnan Coweta Boys and Girls Club, the Community in Schools program, the United Way, and Wesley Woods of Newnan-Peachtree City. He was a founder and organizing member of a former community bank in Coweta County. He is a current board member of Summit Family YMCA, The Newnan Coweta Chamber of Commerce, the Abby’s Angels Foundation, as well as the chairman of The Keith Brooking Children's Foundation. At the age of 33, John was named by Georgia Trend magazine one of the “Top 40 under 40: Georgia’s Best & Brightest.” He is married to Meredith Mosley Daviston and is the father of Wilson Daviston and Ruby Adair Daviston.

  • Lamar  Wright

    Lamar Wright

    Lamar was born and grew up in Newnan and attended the Newnan Public Schools. A graduate of The State University of West Georgia and an honor graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service, he is married to Cathy Jackson Wright and has two sons, Brian, a pilot for ASA, and Adam, a professional musician. Lamar attends Central Baptist Church, having served as a deacon. He is a member of the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce and serves a director and President of the NCARC/Rutledge Production. He has worked at McKoon Funeral Home since 1988.

  • Glen  Burkett, CCO

    Glen Burkett, CCO

    Glen Burkett grew up in Smyrna, GA and is a graduate of Campbell High School. Glen is an Eagle Scout and assists several Boy Scout organizations in Coweta County. He has worked at McKoon Funeral Home since graduating from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in 1995. Glen is a second generation funeral director and emblamer and is a member of The Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia and is a Certified Crematory Operated with the Cremation Association of North America. He and his wife, Erica Wilson Burkett, who is employed at Glanton Elementary School, live in Grantville with their daughter, Anna.

  • Ryan  Kelly, CCO

    Ryan Kelly, CCO

    Ryan was born in Hendersonville, NC where he lived until moving to Newnan in 1997. He is a 2003 graduate of East Coweta High School in Sharpsburg and a 2011 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service. Ryan is a second generation funeral director-his father is the manager of a funeral home in South Carolina. He is a Certified Crematory Operator by the Cremation Association of North America. Prior to pursuing a career in funeral service, he was a avid skateboarder and traveled the world competing in international competitions. Ryan and his wife, Staci Stoel Kelly are active members of Newnan First United Methodist Church where Staci teaches the confirmation class. They are the proud parents of Walter Thomas Kelly and Edward Michael Kelly.

  • Clif Thomas, CFSP, CCO

    Clif Thomas, CFSP, CCO

    Clif is a native of Whitmire, SC and has three sons, Jackson, Tyler and Cooper.

    Since age fifteen he has served in the funeral industry and formerly managed several Atlanta area funeral homes, recently moving from Greenwood, SC. He is a graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service and worked at McKoon Funeral Home when he received his license in the late 1990’s prior to moving back to South Carolina. Clif earned the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner in 2009. The designation is the highest professional designation you can achieve in funeral service. He also earned designation as a Certified Crematory Operator from the National Funeral Directors Association in 2014, one of the highest educational standards for crematory operators in the world. He holds licenses to practice in both Georgia and South Carolina.

    A member of the National Funeral Directors Association and the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association, Clif is a member of Coweta Masonic Lodge #60, Mathews Masonic Lodge #358 and the Yaarab Shrine Temple in Atlanta. He is a former member of the Kiwanis Club of Griffin and also served on the board of the Girl Scouts of the Pine Valley Council. He formerly served on the Board for the Greenwood County Hall of Hero’s in Greenwood, SC honoring and helping better the lives of all Veterans. He is a former at-large board member for the Greenwood County Chamber of Commerce CYP and served on the board of the Greenwood/Abbeville area American Red Cross.

    Clif is the proud father of three boys: Tyler, Cooper, and Jackson.

  • Jeanie Smith

    Jeanie Smith

    Jeanie is our Office Manager and handles the legal documentation for families. She routinely handles Social Security notification, filing life insurance claims & coordination the filing of death certificates, and working with the Veterans Administration. She is a native of Roanoke, AL, graduate of Handley High School and has lived in Newnan since 1995. She is married to Eddie R. Smith, Jr. and together they have 5 children. Jeanie and her family are active members of Mills Chapel Baptist Church.

  • Mark  Massengale, CCO

    Mark Massengale, CCO

    Mark Massengale is a native of Coweta County and grew up in Senoia. He is a graduate of East Coweta High School and Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service. Mark is a licensed funeral director and embalmer as well as a Certified Crematory Operator with the Cremation Association of North America. He is an active member of The Church of God of the Union Assembly in Newnan.

  • Duane Medford, CCO

    Duane Medford, CCO Funeral Director

    Duane was born and raised in Newport News, Virginia. In late 1978 he moved to Alabama where he became interested in Funeral Service. After completing his apprenticeship, Duane enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and stayed 3 years on active duty then transferred to the Air National Guard, becoming a member of the 116TFW at Dobbins Air Force Base, Marietta, Georgia. While in the Air National Guard, Duane completed his studies at Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service. In 1990, Duane was called back onto active duty for Desert Shield/Storm. After deployment, Duane remained on active duty and became part of the Counterdrug Interdiction efforts in South and Central America, all the while serving in an embalmers capacity at local funeral homes wherever he was stationed. Duane Retired from the US Air Force in 2008. Duane is a Certified Crematory Operator by the Cremation Association of North America.
    Duane has three children and three Grandchildren. Duane has visited every state in our beautiful country with the exception of Alaska. Duane is planning a trip to Alaska Soon! Duane spends his off time in the North Georgia Mountains and down on the Appaloosa River enjoying nature.

  • Rob  Harris

    Rob Harris

    Rob Harris was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. He is a licensed funeral service apprentice. As the son of missionaries, he spent over 12 years overseas in Ethiopia and Kenya, East Africa. He is a graduate of Texas Bible College in Houston Texas and is an ordained minister with World Evangelism Center having been in the ministry for over 32 years. He has served in the following countries as a missionary: Nigeria, Cameroon, England, Ireland and in Scotland. He also served as pastor in churches in Texas and Indiana. He also serves as an officer of International Relief Services that helps those in need. Rob is an avid weather/storm follower and serves as our staff meteorologist. He is married to his wife, Candice, for 29 years and has two children.

  • Shayne Grimsley

    Shayne Grimsley

    Billy Shayne is an Advanced Funeral Planner and is a licensed insurance agent. He was born in Macon, Ga and grew up in a military family. Due to his father's Army deployments, Shayne attended thirteen schools before graduating from Zwiebrucken American High School in Germany. He then served in the Army as a part of the President's personal escort in 3rd U.S. Infantry, “The Old Guard." He had the honor of participating in and overseeing thousands of military honor funerals in Arlington National Cemetery. His wife Casey Grimsley is both a charge and trauma nurse in the ER at Grady Memorial Hospital. Shayne and Casey are proud parents to two sons, Ethan and Jackson.

  • David  Smith

    David Smith

    David Smith has worked with McKoon Funeral Home for over 30 years. A native of Newnan, David served on the Newnan Police force for over 30 years retiring as a Lieutenant. His sons and grandsons all live in Newnan. David is a Mason and is the secretary of Coweta 60.

  • Ron  Tracey

    Ron Tracey

    Ron retired from the United States Navy as a Master Chief Petty Officer. His last assignment was the Command Master at the Naval Reserve Readiness Center in Dallas, TX, where he was responsible for training more than 1700 Naval Reserve personnel. He later worked for American Airlines as a reservations system trainer, an instructional designer and later as a human performance technologist. Upon retirement from the airline, he worked as an instructional designer for Home Depot. Ron implements his considerable computer skills in advancing our technology. He is married to Karen Owen Tracey and has two children and three grandchildren.

  • Stanley Lanier

    Stanley Lanier

    Stanley grew up Newnan and graduated from Newnan High School. He and his wife Debbie Lanier Adams have two sons, Jay & Charlie Lanier. For many years, Stanley and his father owned and operated Lanier Used Cars on Temple Avenue. Stanley and his family are longtime, active members of First Baptist Church.

  • Rev. Joe  Strickland

    Rev. Joe Strickland

    Rev. Joe Strickland is a native of Newnan, after graduating from Newnan High School, Joe joined the Air Force in 1960 serving at RAF Sculthorpe Air Base in England & Etain Air Base in France during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He served four years in the Air Force and two years in the Reserves. Joe worked for Playtex in Newnan and later Avery Dennison Co. in Peachtree City for 24 years as a buyer in logistics. He was called to the ministry in 1979 and completed studies through Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, GA and was ordained in the Georgia Conference. Rev. Strickland has served in the ministry for over 30 years, 18 years as Associate Pastor and twelve years as the Senior Pastor at the Newnan Spiritual Renewal Church (Pentecostal). He retired as Senior Pastor in December 2009 and joined the team at McKoon Funeral Home in February 2010. His hobbies include listening to music from the 1940’s & 50’s, collecting Western movies, and studying WWII history. He is married to Linda Bledsoe Strickland and is the father of Angie Strickland Dolan.

  • Fred  Crow

    Fred Crow

    Fred is a native of Pennsylvania. He retired from Deluxe Check Printers after 31 years of service. He worked several years in the funeral business in Pennsylvania before relocating to Florida. He and his wife, Marie, moved to Sharpsburg in 2004. They have two sons and four grandchildren. Fred has worked with McKoon Funeral Home since June of 2008.

  • Tammy Lee

    Tammy Lee

    Tammy was raised in Riverdale, GA. She attended Clayton State College for Emergency Medical Tech. and Phlebotomy, she also attended West Georgia Tech. for Medical Assisting. She has over 28 years in the medical field. Tammy routinely handles all the day to day needs of the client families, she considers it an honor to be serving families during their time of need. She is married to Jeff, Auburn University graduate and a Mechanical Engineer in Atlanta. They have two precious grandsons, Jackson and Noah. Tammy loves to laugh and has a wonderful sense of humor. She and her family are longtime active member at Crossroads Church. Tammy also attends Open Door Baptist Church in Senoia and Gulf Beach Baptist in Panama City Beach, Florida.

  • Greg Morris

    Greg Morris

  • Tom Garrett

    Tom Garrett

  • Richard  Smith

    Richard Smith

    Richard has been associated with McKoon Funeral Home for many years as a host at visitations and currently serves as a staff organist. A member of Central Baptist Church of Newnan, he is a life long resident of Moreland. He is a retired educator having taught English literature and composition at Newnan High School.

  • Charles  Rivers

    Charles Rivers

    In February of 1999, Charles relocated to Tyrone from Savannah due to a merger of his employer, Norfolk Southern Railroad. He moved from Tyrone to Newnan in 2001 when his wife, Marti, began teaching at Elm Street Elementary School. He retired from Norfolk Southern in November of 2004 after 34 years of service. He is a member of the First Baptist Church of Newnan where he serves as an active deacon and is the chairman of the Greeters’ Committee and volunteers at the AO House. He enjoys walking, golfing, traveling, and working at McKoon Funeral Home.

  • Michael  Noles

    Michael Noles

    In Loving Memory
    June 5, 1986-October 19, 2013

  • Gary  Cunningham

    Gary Cunningham

    In Loving Memory
    August 1, 1944-February 21, 2015