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About Us

Who we are

We have been honored to deliver healing experiences to the community

We exist to serve the unique needs of every family. Learn our story. Lean on us. And let our expertise lead you through the best experience possible.

What we stand for

Our promise

Today, tomorrow, and forever, our commitment to you stays the same.


Every life is unique, and we promise to honor and respect each journey, crafting ceremonies that reflect each individual.


Navigating grief can be overwhelming; we stand by you, providing direction and solace every step of the way.


Beyond a service, we're committed to helping families create lasting tributes that transcend generations.

A Legacy of Care

The History of Oakley-Cook Funeral Home: A story of tradition, innovation, and heartfelt service that began in 1923. From its humble beginnings in 1923 with Paul Cook's arrival in Bristol, Tennessee, to becoming a beacon of compassionate care and the home of Sullivan County's first crematory.

The Foundations

From Farm Boy to Funeral Director

Starting as an 11-year-old farm boy moving to Bristol, Paul Cook's journey in funeral service began under the guidance of his uncle at Huff and Campbell Funeral Home. His dedication led to the purchase and renaming of the business to Paul Cook Funeral Home in 1942.

Generational Shift

Passing the Torch

Sid Oakley joined Paul Cook Funeral Home as a teenager, marking the beginning of a new era. In 1978, Oakley purchased the funeral home, and following Paul Cook's passing in 1981, embarked on a journey to expand and modernize the firm, honoring Cook's legacy.

Oakley-Cook Emergence

New Beginnings and Innovations

In 1982, Sid and Joyce Oakley opened Oakley-Cook Funeral Home on Volunteer Parkway, transitioning from the original Pennsylvania Avenue location. A major milestone was achieved in 1993 with the installation of Bristol and Sullivan County's first crematory, emphasizing the firm's commitment to service and innovation.

Embracing the Future

A Legacy Forward

As Oakley-Cook Funeral Home and Crematory looks ahead, it carries forward a century-old tradition of compassion and innovation. From a humble beginning to becoming a trusted community pillar underscores a commitment to service. With a foundation built on care, the future is poised for continued growth and adaptation to the evolving needs of the families served.

Meet the team

Families know they can count on us to provide them the comfort they need when they need it most

Jason Bruner

Jason Bruner

Licensed Funeral Director and Licensed Embalmer

John Haben

John Haben

Manager, Licensed Funeral Director and Licensed Embalmer

We're here for you

Where the memory of your loved one can be uniquely celebrated

One-Stop Arrangements

We provide funeral & cemetery arrangements and strive to make each step of the process seamless and customized to your needs.

Personalized Services

Every loved one is unique. Celebrate them with ceremonies and tributes that are authentic to the life they lived.

24/7/365 Support Staff

You’re never alone. Our dedicated staff is always available to assist you with making arrangements and finding support.
Associations & Awards
Our Awards
Top Work Places

Oakley-Cook Funeral Home is honored as one of the Best Places to Work in 2023.

Real stories from real people

“My sister and I , Rita Leonard would like to thank the staff of Oakley Cook in the handling and care of our sister Pamela Sallie , also thank you Nikki for taking care and keeping Pams things for us, you guys did a great time !!”

Author: Ruby Luttrell Leonard rated with 5 stars
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Beyond the opportunity to truly make a difference, Oakley-Cook Funeral Home offers competitive pay, a healthy work-life balance, and many opportunities for growth.

Plan for the future, today

Pre-planning lets your loved ones focus on honoring life instead of hashing out details. Learn the choices you can make now, so a future funeral becomes more of a celebration than a burden.