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

    Johanna has been with Roy Davis Funeral Home since 2018. A native of Florida she came here to Georgia in 1995. She has been in funeral service since 2014 and is currently pursuing a degree and license in Funeral Service by attending Ogeechee Technical College in Statesboro, Ga. She has three children and loves being with her family. Johanna is an asset to the funeral industry and is very willing to help families in their time of need. She can be reached at 770-948-2552 or [email protected]

  • 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

    After serving 42 years in the insurance industry, Tommy came to work with Roy Davis Funeral Home in June 2008. He considers it a great honor and privilege to be working in the funeral business to assist and help grieving families after the death of a loved one.

  • 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

    Carolyn is a valued member of our staff. She has lived in the Austell-Powder Springs area for over 60 years having graduated from West Fulton High School in 1958. She retired from PrintPack Inc. as a Senior Buyer after 19 years. She is a member of Powder Springs First Baptist Church. Her family includes two children and two grandchildren. In her spare time she can be found enjoying her hobby of gardening.

  • Mark Hunter

    Mark Hunter Funeral Assistant

    Mark is a native to the Austell area having lived around here all his life. He has been in the funeral business for 4 years. For the last 17 years he has attended Mt. Harmony Baptist Church where he serves as the lead for the Media Team. He has 1 daughter, 2 step daughters and proud grandfather to 4 grandchildren.

  • Kenny Miller

    Kenny Miller Director of Advanced Planning