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 1923, Paul Cook, an 11 year old farm boy from Grant County, Kentucky, moved to Bristol, Tennessee, to live with his uncle, J. W. Huff and the Huff family, in their apartment above the new Huff and Campbell Funeral Home at 101 Pennsylvania Avenue. He arrived just in time to help move the firm from the old "undertaking parlor" on State Street to the new building, claimed to be the largest and most modern funeral home facility in the entire area. Paul Cook followed his uncle in the funeral service profession and went on to serve Bristol and the surrounding area as a funeral director and embalmer for more than fifty years. The Pennsylvania Avenue location was operated as Huff and Campbell Funeral Home.

J. W. Huff Funeral Service, Huff-Cook Funeral Home, and Paul Cook Funeral Home, when Paul Cook purchased the Huff family interest in the firm in 1942.

Sid Oakley began working at Paul Cook Funeral Home in 1960 when he was 13 years old. He purchased the funeral home on November 1, 1978, and he and Paul Cook managed the firm together until Mr. Cook‘s death on January 5, 1981. In July of 1981, Sid purchased a building and 1-1/2 acres of land on Volunteer Parkway in Bristol, totally renovated the property, and opened Oakley-Cook Funeral Home in January of 1982. The Pennsylvania Avenue firm was closed in March of that year. In 1988 Oakley-Cook became part of Heritage Family Funeral Services.

Our Valued Staff

  • Brent  Buchanan

    Brent Buchanan Manager and Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

    Brent Buchanan is the Manager of Oakley-Cook Funeral Home. He is proud to continue the tradition, community values, and integrity that Oakley-Cook Funeral Home has been built on. Brent will continue to provide the service and compassion that you have come to expect. He is a Bristol native and resident; and graduate of Sullivan East High School. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from East Tennessee State University and is a graduate of John Tyler Community College where he obtained his Mortuary Science degree. He is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in the state of Tennessee. He is a member of the Bristol Chapter of the Kiwanis Club.

  • Sid  Oakley

    Sid Oakley Retired Funeral Director

    Sid Oakley founded Oakley-Cook Funeral Home in 1982 and was a co-founder of Heritage Family Funeral Services, Inc and Heritage Family Cemeteries, Inc. He retired from funeral service and from the boards of Heritage Family Funeral Services and Heritage Family Cemeteries in May of 2011 during the fiftieth anniversary year of his employment with the former Paul Cook Funeral Home of Bristol.

  • Steve W Howard

    Steve W Howard Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

    Steve was born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He is a proud veteran of the United States Navy serving during operation Freedom. He graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in 1998. Steve has one son, Stephen W. Howard, Jr. He has been a resident of Bristol, Virginia for the past 6 years, and is an active member of the Washington County, VA Moose Lodge. Steve is dedicated in serving the families of our community.

  • Anthony Harris

    Anthony Harris Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

    Anthony is a native of Chilhowie, Virginia and currently lives in Bristol, Tennessee. Anthony is a graduate of Chilhowie High School, attended the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, and graduated from John Tyler Community College in Richmond, Virginia, with an Associate Degree in Applied Science with a major in Funeral Service and with Magna Cum Laude Honors. He is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Anthony joined the Oakley-Cook Funeral Home staff in 2015. Anthony is an ordained minister, a VHSL & TSSAA high school basketball official, an avid Virginia Tech football fan, and Hokie Club Member. Anthony is married to the former Sarah McCracken and they have a little girl named Lyleigh Ann. Anthony and his family attend South Bristol United Methodist Church. "I look at funeral business as a ministry and one that God called me too many years ago. I look forward to serving the families of Bristol and the surrounding Tri-Cities area."

  • Nikki Boothe

    Nikki Boothe Administrative Assistant

    Nikki Boothe was born and raised in Bristol, Virginia and is a graduate of Virginia High School. She attended Virginia Highlands Community College and East Tennessee State University. She began working at Oakley-Cook Funeral Home in 2013. Nikki has two sons, Chandler and Ethan. In her free time she enjoys attending her childrens’ sporting and school events, spending time with family and friends, college football, camping and reading. She is a member of Fellowship Chapel in Bristol, Virginia.

  • Ken Tester

    Ken Tester Funeral Assistant

    Kenneth Tester, a lifelong resident of Bristol, is an Assistant Funeral Director. He is treasurer of the Virginia Chapter of the Post Q of the Travelers Protective Association, a member of the Gideons, and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He and his wife Martha are members of Fellowship Chapel.

  • Bryan L Buchanan

    Bryan L Buchanan Funeral Assistant

    Bryan Buchanan was born and raised in Bristol, Tennessee. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from East Tennessee State University and a Master of Education from Milligan College. He currently teaches 8th grade Science at Holston Valley Middle School in Bristol, Tennessee. Bryan and his wife Cheryl are the parents of one son, Garrison. They are members of Indian Springs Baptist Church Hill Road Campus where he serves as a Deacon and teaches the K through 2nd Grade Sunday School Class.

  • Craig L Widner

    Craig L Widner Funeral Assistant

    Craig Widner was born and raised in Bristol, Virginia. He is a graduate of Virginia High School and Tusculum College. He began working at Oakley-Cook Funeral Home in 2015. Craig has one daughter. He enjoys fishing, golfing and UT football. Craig is a certified NRA pistol instructor and teaches concealed carry classes in Bristol, Virginia. He is also the owner of Grip Outdoor, LLC, a multi-locational outdoor outfitter.

  • Michael  Hunt

    Michael Hunt Funeral Assistant

    Michael is a Bristol, TN native and resident. He is a graduate of Tennessee High School,. He attended ETSU, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from King College with a Bachelor Degree in Business & Finance. Michael began his career in banking as a Financial Advisor and is currently a business owner and entrepreneur. He enjoys spending his free time with wife, Jeni, son Kyle, and daughter, Emily.

  • Cody L Holmes

    Cody L Holmes Pre-Planning Specialist