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

Our History

Christian-Sells Funeral Home began serving the Rogersville community and surrounding areas in December of 2001. Locally owned and operated, Chris Christian and James Sells, opened the doors with a vision to offer personalized services. The staff of Christian-Sells Funeral Home takes pride in caring for each family and seeing that their needs are met during their time of loss. 

Our Valued Staff

  • Chris E. Christian CFSP, CCO

    Chris E. Christian CFSP, CCO, Funeral Director/Embalmer

    Chris is a graduate of Volunteer High School and Jefferson State Community College with a degree in Mortuary Science. He is past-president of the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association and is currently on the Policy Board of the National Funeral Directors Association. Chris is married to Stacy Edwards Christian.

  • James P. Sells CCO

    James P. Sells CCO, Funeral Director/Embalmer

    James graduated from Cherokee High School and Jefferson State Community College. He is a deacon at First Baptist Church in Rogersville. James is married to Carla Jones Sells with two children, Savannah and Elijah Sells and grandson, Andrew.

  • William (Bill) Manes

    William (Bill) Manes, Funeral Director

    William (Bill) Manes has been with Christian-Sells Funeral Home since it opened in December of 2001. Bill is a 1958 graduate of John A. Gupton Mortuary College and has been working as a licensed funeral director for the past 58 years. Bill is married to Elizabeth Rose Kite Manes and has 1 son, William J. and Frankie Manes. Bill is a deacon of Robinette Memorial Primitive Baptist Church where he and his family attend. Bill is also a member of Bulls Gap Masonic Lodge #764.

  • Freddie Cross

    Freddie Cross, Funeral Director/Embalmer

    Freddie has been with Christian-Sells Funeral Home since March 2015. He graduated from John Tyler Community College. Freddie resides in Blountville and has three children.

  • Dennis E. Nunley

    Dennis E. Nunley, Funeral Director/Embalmer

    Dennis has been with Christian-Sells Funeral Home since April 2016. He graduated from Gupton-Jones Mortuary School in Atlanta, Georgia in 1991. He is married to Donna Nunley and has two children, Dustin and Danielle.

  • Melena Smith

    Melena Smith, Funeral Director/Embalmer

    Melena graduated from Cherokee High School and John A. Gupton Mortuary College. She is a member of Tunnell Hill Missionary Baptist Church. Melena enjoys being outdoors, spending time with family and her hairless cat, Grim.

  • Jim Sells

    Jim Sells, Funeral Director Assistant

    Jim Sells has been with Christian-Sells Funeral home since it opened in December of 2001. Jim is married to Margaret Price Sells, and has 2 children, James Sells, and Leigh McNeil. He has 4 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Jim and Margaret are members of the First Baptist Church of Rogersville.

  • Bill Trent

    Bill Trent, Funeral Director Assistant

    Bill Trent has been with Christian-Sells Funeral Home since July of 2012. Bill is a deacon of First Baptist Church in Rogersville. Bill is married to Sandy North Trent, has 3 children, Cyndi, Susan and Josh, and 9 grandchildren.

  • Tommy Fullerton

    Tommy Fullerton, Funeral Director Assistant

    Tommy has been with Christian-Sells Funeral Home since October of 2012. Tommy is a 1999 graduate of Cherokee Comprehensive High School and has lived in Rogersville for the last 22 years. Tommy has 2 daughters, Marley and Tessa.

  • Eric Chapman

    Eric Chapman, Funeral Director Assistant

    Eric Chapman began working at Christian-Sells Funeral Home in May of 2014. He is a 2015 graduate of Cherokee Comprehensive High School. Eric is a preacher and member of Choptack Baptist Church. He is attending Walter State Community College. He is the son of Rick and Susan Chapman.

  • Jessica Morgan

    Jessica Morgan, Office Manager

    Jessica Morgan has been with Christian-Sells Funeral Home since June of 2014. She is a graduate of Sullivan South High School and Northeast State Community College. Jessica is a member of Walkers Fork Missionary Baptist Church in Kingsport. Jessica is married to Weston Morgan and has two children, Hailey and Ryman.

  • Jessie Carney

    Jessie Carney, Family Services

    Jessie Carney has been with Christian-Sells Funeral Home since July of 2014. She is a graduate of Volunteer High School. Jessie is a member of West View Baptist Church in Rogersville. Jessie is married to Tom Carney and has two children, Laken and Evan.

  • Terry Wolfe

    Terry Wolfe, Funeral Director Assistant

    Terry Wolfe has been with Christian-Sells Funeral Home since February of 2017. Terry is married to Linda Dalton Wolfe and they are members of East Rogersville Baptist Church.

  • Tim Seaton

    Tim Seaton, Funeral Assistant

    Tim has been with Christian-Sells since 2017. He is a retired teacher and served as chaplain at Signature Health Care. Tim is married to Barbara Seaton and they have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. Tim and Barbara are members of Hope Community Church.

  • Bailey Broyles

    Bailey Broyles, Funeral Assistant

    Bailey Broyles began working at Christian Sells Funeral Home in May 2019. He is a 2019 graduate of Cherokee High School. Bailey is a member at Guthrie’s Gap Baptist Church. He is attending John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science.

  • Savannah Sells

    Savannah Sells, Family Service Representative

    Savannah Sells began working at Christian Sells Funeral Home in June of 2018. She is a graduate of Cherokee High School and East Tennessee State University. Savannah is a member of First Baptist Church of Rogersville where she is very active in the children’s and youth ministries. She spends her time with her son, Andrew, reading, or relaxing outside.

  • Drew Ward

    Drew Ward, Funeral Assistant

    Drew Ward started working for Christian Sells Funeral Home in November of 2018. He will be a 2020 graduate of Cherokee High School. He attends Bethel Baptist Church and loves to play soccer.

  • Brady Forgety

    Brady Forgety, Funeral Assistant

    Brady Forgety started working at Christian Sells Funeral Home in 2017. He will be a 2020 graduate of Cherokee High School. He attends Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church. He loves to play golf and baseball.

  • Lukas Lawson

    Lukas Lawson, Funeral Assistant

    Lukas Lawson started working for Christian Sells Funeral Home in September of 2017. He graduated Cherokee High School in 2018 and is a member of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.

  • Lexie Jo

    Lexie Jo