David Mathes Manager, Funeral Director and Embalmer
David W. Mathes is an Erwin native, the son of Rex S. and Linda J. Mathes, brother of Nancy L. Mathes and the late Elizabeth J. Mathes. He is a 1985 graduate of Unicoi County High School where he was a member of the 1984 State Champion and 1985 nationally ranked and record setting baseball teams. David attended Roane State Community College, Harriman, and East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, on baseball scholarships. He attended The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science at Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, and received an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Funeral Service Education from Jefferson State College, Birmingham, Alabama.
David has continued his education and furthered his knowledge of restorative art and reconstruction through seminars and classes offered by the premier artists throughout the country. He is a member of First Christian Church, Johnson City, and is a member of the United Emmaus Community. David serves on the PTA executive board of directors at Indian Trail Intermediate School. Also, he volunteers as coach for Johnson City American Little League. David formerly served on the Board of Directors of Johnson City American Little League, the Board of Directors of Blue Ridge Donor Services, the Johnson City Civitan Club, and is Past-President of the Upper East Tennessee Funeral Directors Association. David was an active participant for many years lecturing classes to troubled youth in the area for the Moral Combat program.
David is married to Lisa Rippetoe Mathes, has one son, Ian Hunter Mathes, and four step children. He is a Tennessee Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. David has been in the funeral industry full time since January 1, 1987.
Kevin Bowman Funeral Director and Embalmer
Kevin Andrew Bowman, a native of Johnson City, is a son of Charles M. Bowman, and a great-grandson of Maynard S. Cannon, the founder of Appalachian Funeral Home.
Kevin is a 1988 graduate of Science Hill High School and attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.He received his bachelor's degree from East Tennessee State University in 1992.He attended and graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, GA in 1994. Kevin has been an employee of Appalachian Funeral Home since 1987 and a fulltime funeral director and embalmer since 1994.
Kristen Bowman Stevens Apprentice Funeral Director/Embalmer
Kristen is a native of Johnson City, TN. She is a graduate of Science Hill High School and also from ETSU with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and Sociology. Kristen has been in the Funeral industry since 2012 and been with Appalachian since 2016. Prior to her funeral career, Kristen worked in her family business at Bowman Jewelers for 11 years.
Kristen has 2 wonderful children Marlee & Jaxon, and is the daughter of Tina Bowman. She is the current President of the PTA at North Side Elementary School.
Kristen received her life insurance license in 2012 and currently does the pre-planning as our Family Service Counselor. She added Administrative Assistant to her role in 2018. In 2020 Kristen started attending John A. Gupton Institute for an Associate of Applied Science Degree.
Earl Gouge Part-time Funeral Assistant
Earl Gouge has been with Appalachian since 2006, a former downtown Johnson City business owner, Earl has been an asset to Appalachian Funeral Home.
Rev. Gene Deaton Funeral Assistant
Gene serves as a part-time funeral assistant and is considered our staff minister. Gene has pastored several churches in Tennessee and North Carolina. Gene Pastored Keystone Freewill Baptist Church for many years.