Our Staff


Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

William (Billy) Ray and Victoria Buck

William (Billy) Ray and Victoria Buck

Owners *Non-Licensed

Billy Buck, assisted by wife Victoria Buck, prides himself in his efforts to work first hand with his clients.  Calls are taken directly by Billy and Victoria, ensuring their publics’ needs are met by creating real and personal relationships with their clients.  The Buck family works day and night to create a warm and welcoming environment for families from all over the Upper Cumberland to gather.  For the Bucks, Thurman Funeral Home is more than just a business— it's a family.


Dennis Wood

Funeral Director

Dennis began working as a part-time employee of Thurman Funeral Home in 2000; however, he became a full-time employee in 2004 when he retired from the White County School System. He is married to Peggy Stacy Wood and they have three children - Stacy, Eric and Carrie.

Telephone: 1-931-836-3194


John Dakota White

John Dakota White

Apprentice Funeral Director/Pre-Need Sales Agent

John Dakota White has lived in Sparta, Tennessee his whole life. He is a graduate of Tennessee Tech University and a County Commissioner in White County. He is married to Tiffany White who teaches 1st grade. Together they have a beautiful daughter, Peyton. Dakota assists families with pre-planning for the future. He also takes calls, works with families dealing with grief, assists with services, and handles community engagement. PreNeed Sales Agent #2725. Apprentice Funeral Director #20708.


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