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

Roy O. Davis was born in Mableton, Georgia in 1908. He moved to Austell in 1909 and was a resident there until his death in 1992.  A 1937 graduate of Gupton-Jones School of Embalming in Nashville, TN, Mr. Davis opened a funeral home in Douglasville in 1940. However, he closed the funeral home and served in the U. S. Army from 1942-1945.

From 1945-1946, Mr. Davis temporarily operated the funeral home out of his mother’s home on Washington Street.  Roy Davis Funeral Home relocated two times to houses on Love Street from 1946-1955.  In 1955, Roy Davis Funeral Home purchased the “Austell House” on Mulberry Street and served families there from 1955 until 1981. The present location was completed in 1981. 

Our Valued Staff

  • Debbie  Griffin

    Debbie Griffin Manager; Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer

    Debbie began her funeral service career in 1995. She is a graduate of Gupton-Jones College and a licensed funeral director and embalmer. She came to Roy Davis in 2006 and has been manager for the past few years. She feels that any funeral home can sell you a funeral but believes service is what sets us apart. “Each family has lost someone important in their life, someone they loved. No matter what type of service they choose, we are here to help them honor that person.” She can be reached at [email protected]

  • Johanna Locke

    Johanna Locke Apprentice Funeral Director and Embalmer

  • Freddie  Harris

    Freddie Harris Apprentice Funeral Director and Embalmer

    Freddie is a native of Austell. He began working part-time at Roy Davis Funeral Home, at the age of 16, under the direction and guidance of Roy Davis. He has always loved serving and helping people. Upon recently retiring from the educational profession, after 30 years, Freddie is currently working as an Apprentice Funeral Director and Embalmer. He holds a Bachelors Degree from Mercer University and Masters and Specialist Degrees in Education from the University of West Georgia.
    Freddie is married to Shellye Harris and have one daughter, Gabrielle. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family and friends.
    You can contact him by email: [email protected] or 770-948-2552 if you require any further assistance.

  • Carrie Hicks

    Carrie Hicks Office Manager

    Married to Jeremy Hicks, a funeral director, for 20 years, Carrie understands what it takes to work in the funeral industry. She believes in being available if someone has questions or just needs a listening ear. Helping to serve our families is top priority.
    After being a stay-at-home mother for 16 years to her three children, Noah, Levi and Mary-Elizabeth, Carrie has been our office manager since April 2019.
    You may contact Carrie by calling 770-948-2552 or email [email protected]

  • Tommy  Smith

    Tommy Smith Funeral Assistant

  • Ronnie Twilley

    Ronnie Twilley Funeral Assistant

    Ronnie retired from the construction industry in 2009 and shortly thereafter went to work in the Funeral Home business.
    He ministered in music with a singing group called Journeyland for 27 years. He also was the Minister of Music at Northside Baptist Church for 20 years.
    He enjoys helping and ministering to people in their time of need.

  • Raymond Walker

    Raymond Walker Funeral Assistant

  • Margaret Parrish

    Margaret Parrish Visitation Assistant / Receptionist

  • Carolyn Lawson

    Carolyn Lawson Visitation Assistant