Donnie Darnell

Preplanning Specialist

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Start Planning Ahead Today

You want to protect your family from worry and doubt during a time of loss. Now it’s time to get started! You can book a meeting to meet with your preplanning specialist or click the button below to work at your own pace from the comfort of home.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Select Your Package: Answer a few questions and select the best package
  2. Customize Package: Customize your plan so it fits your unique needs
  3. Finalize Plan: Complete your account information, payment, and signatures

You can plan online or in person, whatever works best for you. If you need assistance, you can always contact your preplanning specialist at any time. Stop worrying about what may happen if your family is faced with a loss, and instead put your wishes in writing so that you know they will have peace of mind knowing it’s taken care of.

To get started now, click the link below!

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Donnie's Story

I'm a native of Knoxville and have resided in East TN my whole life. I have over 20 years of experience as a pre-arrangement specialist, trainer, and manager in the funeral and cemetery industry within the Knoxville area. I now bring that experience, knowledge, and commitment to help the families at Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel.

My wife Kim and I raised four boys and are now raising a granddaughter and grandson. We feel truly blessed to have the opportunity to make a difference in their lives as well as the lives of our other 6 grandchildren. Community involvement has always been important to me, and I've coached dozens of young men in baseball and young ladies in softball. I've raised my family, coached ball, and hold strong to this mantra, “There are two ways to do things: the right way and the wrong way…why choose to do things the wrong way?” Let me show you the right way to take care of your pre-arrangement needs today at Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel.

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Why Preplan?

You have always protected your family by planning ahead in case of emergencies. Planning ahead for funeral wishes is no different.

Less Stress, Worry, and Doubt

When you plan ahead for funeral wishes, you know everything will be taken care of for your loved ones. No disagreements, no overspending, no worry, anxiety, or undue stress on those you love the most.

Here’s How it Works:

  1. Learn about your funeral planning options
  2. Create a customized plan with a free cost estimate
  3. Explore payment options and see if advance payment makes sense for you

Let’s Talk!

Book a FREE preplanning meeting today to get started. Won’t it be nice when you can say, “It’s all been taken care of?”

Helpful Links

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Estate Planning

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Funeral Planning Checklist

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Donnie's Story

I'm a native of Knoxville and have resided in East TN my whole life. I have over 20 years of experience as a pre-arrangement specialist, trainer, and manager in the funeral and cemetery industry within the Knoxville area. I now bring that experience, knowledge, and commitment to help the families at Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel.

My wife Kim and I raised four boys and are now raising a granddaughter and grandson. We feel truly blessed to have the opportunity to make a difference in their lives as well as the lives of our other 6 grandchildren. Community involvement has always been important to me, and I've coached dozens of young men in baseball and young ladies in softball. I've raised my family, coached ball, and hold strong to this mantra, “There are two ways to do things: the right way and the wrong way…why choose to do things the wrong way?” Let me show you the right way to take care of your pre-arrangement needs today at Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel.

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Free Resources

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Healing & Meaningful Funerals eBook

This eBook explains why funerals are important and how to plan a funeral that meets the needs of a family following a loss. It features noted author, educator, and grief counselor Dr. Alan Wolfelt, who explains the key role funerals play in the healing journey.

To gain access to your FREE “Healing & Meaningful Funerals” eBook, fill out the form below!

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Veterans eBook

This eBook contains valuable information about burial benefits available to veterans. The Veterans Administration (VA) offers financial assistance and benefits that can help veterans plan a healing and meaningful funeral ceremony.

To gain access to your FREE Veterans eBook, fill out the form below!

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Donnie's Story

I'm a native of Knoxville and have resided in East TN my whole life. I have over 20 years of experience as a pre-arrangement specialist, trainer, and manager in the funeral and cemetery industry within the Knoxville area. I now bring that experience, knowledge, and commitment to help the families at Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel.

My wife Kim and I raised four boys and are now raising a granddaughter and grandson. We feel truly blessed to have the opportunity to make a difference in their lives as well as the lives of our other 6 grandchildren. Community involvement has always been important to me, and I've coached dozens of young men in baseball and young ladies in softball. I've raised my family, coached ball, and hold strong to this mantra, “There are two ways to do things: the right way and the wrong way…why choose to do things the wrong way?” Let me show you the right way to take care of your pre-arrangement needs today at Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel.

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