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

Founded in September 1959 by John Fletcher "Rev" Birchette, Jr. who died in 1987 and Bessie Hurt Birchette who died in 1994. "Rev" as he was called was an Asheville, N. C. native, was pastor of St. John "A" Baptist Church, Asheville, NC, later Thankful Baptist Church, Johnson City for over 31 years.

He formed a partnership with W, C. Allen to establish Allen-Birchette Funeral Home, Ashevile, NC before moving to  Johnson City. TN  and later establishing Birchette Mortuary in Johnson City, TN.  He was a graduate of Stephen Lee High School, Asheville, N. C., Morehouse College, Atlanta, Ga. and Eckels College of Mortuary Science, Philadelphia, PA.   He was a veteran serving in the U. S. Army. Bessie was an Atlanta, GA. native, a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School, Atlanta, GA. and was a graduate of East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN. She was a teacher in the Johnson City School System and later at Greene Valley Development Center, Greenville, TN before retirement. 

Fletcher and Bessie had a son, J. Fletcher Birchette, III. who served as Manager from 1987 until 2013 when his son, John F. Birchette, IV. became the Manager.

Our Valued Staff

John Fletcher Birchette IV

John Fletcher Birchette IV, President/ Funeral Director

John F. Birchette, IV is a life long entrepreneur and third generation Licensed Funeral Director. After many years of success in other businesses, he returned home to manage the family business in December of 2012.
John has over 20 years experience in both the private and corporate sectors and has been involved in numerous start up businesses including several of his own ventures.
John has always been active in his community in both the Metro Atlanta area where he lived for over 20 years and in his hometown of Johnson City, Tennessee.
John holds a bachelors degree from the University of Tennessee and is also a graduate of John A. Gupton College in Nashville, Tennessee.
John believes, “ The mission of Birchette Mortuary
is to provide professional service with dignity and respect, delivered
without distinction of social, cultural or economic background. Our goal is to create an environment of trust, open communication and lasting relationships with the families and communities we serve.”

Robert  Hale

Robert Hale, Funeral Service Manager/Apprentice Director

Connie  Thompson

Connie Thompson, Cosmetologist/Funeral Assistant

Johnnie  Collie

Johnnie Collie, Funeral Assistant

Billy Williams Sr

Billy Williams Sr, Funeral Assistant

Michelle Duncan

Michelle Duncan, Insurance Specialist

Ashley Scott

Ashley Scott, Insurance Specialist

Steven Wagner

Steven Wagner, Funeral Assistant