Walters Funeral Home manager and funeral director Brent McNeeley was named the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association president earlier this month.
“It’s an amazing honor,” McNeeley said. “The greatest part was having my family there with me that day. Their support has been so great. We’ve been able to do so many great things for our industry in the last few years, so to carry that work forward in this position is a great opportunity.”
McNeeley was installed as president on June 6, the middle day of the three-day Tennessee Funeral Directors Association and Tennessee Funeral Supply Sales Club’s 119th Annual Convention at the Embassy Suites in Franklin.
“I began with the board of directors of TFDA in June of 2016 as an East Tennessee director,” McNeeley said. “The first president I had the opportunity to work with was Steve Spann, the long-time president of John A. Gupton College of mortuary science in Nashville.”
The TFDA presidency is not the only accolade McNeeley has picked up recently.
He was honored as Young Professional of the Year at the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner last Thursday.
“This is the first year the chamber has went to an extended award presentation,” McNeeley said. “Another reason that award was so special to me is that I’m a former board member and served on the tourism and retirement committee with my great friend Cindi Rogers Reynolds.”
McNeeley joked that he was grateful that people still consider him young.
“Missy Tackett and Rebekah Wasson came to tell me, and it certainly caught me by surprise,” McNeeley said. “It was an emotional moment. To be chosen by the membership was very humbling. Chamber members are our community and business leaders. The chamber does a great work, much more than so many realize.”