This old historic building has been a funeral home since 1912. It has been bought and sold on several occasions. I guess people identify with it best as the old Harris & Donoho Funeral Home or Newby Funeral Home (now closed). We are Phillip & Shirley Anderson. We, too, have been in the funeral business for a long time.
Phillip Anderson started working in an old funeral establishment at the Hackett Funeral Home in Kempville (Smith County) when he was 16 years of age. The principal would let him out of school when there was a funeral. He went into business in Lafayette, TN in 1977 with the Anderson & Son Funeral Home & Memorial Park that is still in operation by the Anderson's. The Alexander Funeral Home in Red Boiling Springs, TN was purchased from Mr. Paul and Ruby Alexander by Phillip Anderson and renamed Anderson Funeral Home and it is still operating today.
Phillip Anderson purchased the old historic Upton Funeral Home in Celina in Clay County which joins Macon County and this old funeral home was renovated to its original beauty and is still operating under the ownership of Phillip Anderson. After the death of her husband, Bob Lowery, Phillip & Shirley Anderson were married in December of 1998. She had already retired from the Tennessee Department of Public Health as a District Director after working 31 years. After she and Phillip married, she started working at the funeral home and felt this was a calling for her to help others in need as she had done most of her life. She served her two year apprenticeship and passed the State Board and was licensed as a Funeral Director in Tennessee in June of 2000.
The Newby Funeral Home business at 202 East Main was closed by the Stonemor Tennessee Subsidiary, Corporation on May 16, 2008. Since that time, the property has not been operated as a funeral home but still owned by the Stonemor Tennessee Subsidiary, Inc. Unfortunately, the old East Main Street building was going down fast and certainly was not in keeping with all the beautiful work that has been done in down town Gallatin. The old funeral home building at 202 E. Main Street Gallatin, TN. was purchased by Phillip & Shirley Anderson in April of 2013. They chose the name, simply, Anderson Funeral Home. The funeral home has been restored back to its original beauty of years gone by and furnished with antiques and decorated by Shirley. You will find several of her watercolor paintings adorning the walls. Everyone is invited to come by and talk with us at any time, whether for preplanning a funeral or just to visit.