About Us


Families Serving Families…for Over 80 Years

Since 1935, our funeral home has been serving the people of Columbia and surrounding areas during their most difficult moments. Since our family caught the baton from the Williams family in 1982, we have made it our goal to provide our neighbors with memorable tributes at prices they can afford. With more people desiring a simpler, more affordable farewell, cremation is now surpassing traditional burial rates for the first time in the U.S. That’s why we founded Cremation Society of Tennessee, and we have quickly become the premier simple cremation resource in this area.

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Cremation Society of Tennessee is committed to providing professional, dignified, affordable services to families who prefer cremation. When you choose us, we want to honor the trust you have placed in us, so we hold ourselves to the highest standards of care. Our thorough, time-tested cremation protocols will give you peace of mind and ensure your loved one receives the very best care.

Giving you the ability to plan online.

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Our staff is kind, caring, and knowledgeable.

Although there are many decisions you need to make when planning a cremation, we can guide you through the entire process. Our staff is kind, caring, and knowledgeable, and will carefully listen to your wishes and carry out your arrangements promptly and professionally. Whatever level of personalization you want to bring to your loved one’s farewell, we look forward to serving your needs. One neighbor to another.

CEO, Alan Blevins
COO/Certified Celebrant, Lauren Ashley Blevins
Funeral Director, John Blevins

Our Staff

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John Blevins

General Manager

John Alan Blevins was born and raised in Columbia, TN. He attended Zion Christian Academy from Preschool until graduation in 2007. Following high school he attended Lee University and later transferred to the University of Tennessee Knoxville graduating in the spring of 2012 with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. He is currently working towards planning his future with his soon to be wife Ashlyn Elizabeth White and obtaining his funeral directors license. After years of watching his father care for others during the most trying of times, he felt that he would be able to carry on his father’s care and compassion for those in need.

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Valeria Vanderpool

Funeral Director

Valeria Vanderpool was raised in Sumner County, Tennessee. She is the daughter of Gabriela and Foster Vanderpool. A graduate of John A. Gupton College, a licensed funeral director, and embalmer, Valeria found her calling in providing comfort to families during the most difficult times in their lives. At Cremation Society of Tennessee, she has dedicating herself to serving the families of Columbia, TN.

Why Choose Cremation Society of Tennessee?

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    Your loved one never leaves our care.

    Some cremation societies transfer your loved one to a third-party cremation facility. Some even send them out of state. We will never do that. We don’t have to because we own and operate our own crematory. We also follow a strict identification process and even allow you view the cremation, if you choose, for the ultimate peace of mind.

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    Our crematory operators are certified.

    Tennessee state law doesn’t require that crematory operators be certified. But ours are certified through the Cremation Association of North America, the leading global cremation organization.

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    Additional services.

    While Cremation Society of Tennessee focuses on making cremation affordable and simple, we know some people need more. Whatever level of personalization you want to bring to your loved one’s farewell, we can make it happen.

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The Cremation Society of Tennessee met our needs as a family, in a manner that exceeded my expectations. Christopher was supportive and allowed us the freedom to design our own specific service in a manner that differs so much from the usual cookie cutter approach to funerals and memorial services.

— Mike Harkeader, Brentwood, TN