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

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.  In 2005, John Daviston purchased the business from his father, Terry.  McKoon Funeral Home & Crematory is family operated by father and son, Terry & John Daviston.

Our Valued Staff

  • John Daviston , CFSP

    John Daviston , CFSP Owner/President 2005 to present

    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 Young Entrepreneurs' Organization (Y.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, the Summit Family YMCA, The Abby's Angels Foundation, Wesley Woods of Newnan-Peachtree City and was the chairman of the Keith Brooking Children's Foundation. He was a founder and organizing member of a former community bank in Coweta County. He is a current board member of the Coweta County Development Authority and The Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce. While Terry Daviston is still active, working many funerals, John bought the business from Terry in 2005. At the age of 33, John was named by Georgia Trend magazine one of the “Top 40 under 40: Georgia’s Best & Brightest.” In July of 2020, the Newnan Times-Herald and the Newnan Coweta Magazine named John as one of the 25 most influential people in Coweta County. He is married to Meredith Mosley Daviston and is the father of Wilson Daviston and Ruby Adair Daviston.

  • Terry  Daviston

    Terry Daviston Owner, 1986 to 2005

    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 served as a member of the Coweta County Development Authority for 18 years. 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 Piepho, Wilson Daviston, and Ruby Daviston. Terry enjoys spending time with his family and riding his Harley-Davidson.

  • 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. Along with Jonathan Hall, Ryan is a co-operations manager of the funeral home.

  • 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 has been an ordained minister for over 37 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. Rob is an avid weather/storm follower and serves as our staff meteorologist. He is married to his wife, Candice, for 33 years and has two children and two grandchildren.

  • 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.

  • Chase Mackinen

    Chase Mackinen Funeral Director

    Full Bio Coming Soon

  • Kaitlynn Gillette

    Kaitlynn Gillette Apprentice

    Kaitlynn Gillette was born and raised in Newnan, GA. Kaitlynn is a 2014 graduate of East Coweta High School in Sharpsburg, GA, a 2019 graduate of Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, GA, and a 2020 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service. Prior to pursuing a career in funeral service, she was a softball pitcher and even played in college. Kaitlynn enjoys traveling and finding new places to explore. She also enjoys watching the Atlanta Braves, bowling with her dad, and playing trivia with her mom.

  • 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.

  • Stanley Lanier

    Stanley Lanier

    Stanley grew up Newnan and graduated from Newnan High School. He and his wife Debbie Adams Lanier 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.

  • Curtis Mote

    Curtis Mote

    Curtis was born and raised in Newnan. He retired from Coweta Fayette EMC after 43 years of service as Vice-President of Operations. Curtis and his wife, Pat, have three children and five grandchildren. He and his wife attend Newnan City Church. Curtis enjoys woodworking and fishing.

  • 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.

  • Tom Garrett

    Tom Garrett

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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