- About Us
Our families have recently been contacted by financial scammers. Hillcrest Chapel DOES NOT accept payment transfers (Zelle, Venmo, etc.) through any online system. Our employees will discuss payment options during your arrangements meeting at the funeral home you will leave with a clear understanding of what you owe and your payment arrangements.
NEVER send anyone claiming to be with the funeral home any money through an online transfer. NEVER send money to someone you do not know."
Owner & Funeral Director
A native of Savannah, Georgia, and a United States Army veteran, Joe began his career in funeral service in 1990. He graduated with honors from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in 1992 and is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Georgia and South Carolina. In 2003, Joe was awarded the professional designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner or "CFSP" from the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. Initial certification for this designation required 180 hours of voluntary continuing education and community service. He is a member of American Legion Post 57, a 32⁰ Scottish Rite Mason, Past Master and former Secretary of Frank F. Baker Lodge #46, F&AM, and a member of the Loyal Order of Moose. Joe is proud to serve on the Board of Directors of Coweta F.O.R.C.E. Joe is married to the former Ms. Kristy Ellsworth, a Newnan native and second generation small business owner, and their blended family consists of 5 children, Jessica, Katy, Brooke, Collin, and Maddox, and 2 grandchildren, Asher and Jaxson. Joe and Kristy attend Foundation Christian Church.
Owner & Funeral Director
Justin is a native of Griffin, GA. He started his career in the funeral business in 2007 at Holly Hill Funeral Home in Fairburn, GA. He graduated with honors from Gupton-Jones in 2009. He is married to Amber Grubbs, and they have two children Chloe and Twyman, and one grandchild, Kade. Justin and his family are members of Rock Springs Church.
Ken is originally from Texas and attended the University of Georgia. With a background in the service industry, hospitality comes naturally to Ken. Since his return to Georgia, he has earned a ministry license from the Baptist Church. Ken is a member of Rehoboth Baptist Church in Luthersville and is available to assist families in need.
Philip Scott Blake is a native of north central West Virginia where he attended college and moved to the Newnan area in 2006. He is married to April, and they have 3 children, Dylan, Ethan, and Caleb. Scott also has a career as a mechanical engineer, and his wife is a paraprofessional for the Coweta County School system. Scott's family enjoys the outdoors, and attends Without Walls Ministries where he serves as pastor. Scott considers it an honor to work with, and assist the Hillcrest family, and to support each family in their time of need, with the utmost respect.
Senior Funeral Assistant
Terry is a native Coweta Countian. He retired as the Chief Juvenile Intake Officer for Coweta County where he had opportunity to help many young people through the years. He pastors Living by Faith Church in Newnan. Terry is a funeral assistant and works all visitations. He also served in the United States Army. Terry is here to help any family in their time of need.
Anthony is a native Coweta Countian. He retired from the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office and served in Law Enforcement for 19 years. Anthony and his family are members of Rehoboth Baptist Church where he serves on the praise and worship team. He is married to Jessica Grant and they have two Children Chasity and Anthony II.
Funeral Director & Embalmer
Christie is a native to the South Atlanta area. After graduating from high school, she went to Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service where she earned an Associate Degree in Funeral Service. She became a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in 1995. She also became an Atlanta Falcons Cheerleader in 1995 and continued to assist families in the local funeral home during that time. Christie married her husband, Scott Hayes who is a licensed general contractor, and it was with his urging that she decided to get her Real Estate Salesperson license. Christie is a valued funeral director for our firm.
Funeral Assistant & Community Outreach Coordinator
Tammy joined our staff in July of 2020. Raised in Riverdale, she attended Clayton State College for Emergency Medical and Phlebotomy, she also attended West Georgia Technical College for Medical Assisting and has over 28 years in the medical field. Tammy has been married to Jeff Lee a Newnan Native for over 32 years, they have three precious grandchildren, Jackson, Noah, and Maggie. Tammy adores all animals but especially Dogs. She and her family are longtime active member at Crossroads Church. Tammy also attends Hogansville First Baptist Church. Tammy considers it an honor to be of service to our families during their time of need, and we are excited to have her as a part of our staff.
Jimmy joined our staff in February of 2023. He grew up in the College Park area and attended College Park High School. Jimmy joined the Army at 17 and served 15 months in Vietnam as a door gunner/mechanic on an UH-1H helicopter. After returning home Jimmy dedicated his life to Christ and was called to preach in 1972. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in in Biblical Studies and a Doctorate in Religious Education from Antioch Bible College and a PhD in Christian Psychology from Logos University in Jacksonville, Florida. For over 20 years he has served as the Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Whitesburg. Jimmy and his wife Sandra have been married for 55 years, and they have 3 children, 10 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.
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Greg joined our staff in January, 2022, he is a native of Palmetto and a graduate of West Georgia Technical College and Andersonville Seminary. Greg serves as the senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Hogansville. He has served as a corporate chaplain, hospice chaplain, and hospital chaplain. Greg enjoys his family and Church, and serving the community. Greg is here to help in anyway he can.
Ricky grew up in Senoia, and attended East Coweta High School. He graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Building Construction, and has been a contractor in our area for 35 years. Ricky married the former Sharon Massengale 33 years ago and they have two grown daughters, Lauren Phillips, and Lindsey Ragan, and three grandchildren.
Collin joined our staff in August of 2022, he is a native of Savannah and the oldest son of Joe Wilson. Collin graduated from Augusta University in May of 2022 and is now enrolled in the graduate degree program at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton. Collin and his wife, Sydney, make their home in Newnan, along with their dog, Rosie. Collin is excited to be a part of the Hillcrest family and is here to assist in any way he can.
March 5, 1947 - February 14, 2021
Richard preached the Gospel for over 55 years and was the founder and pastor of Miracle Tabernacle Family Worship Center for 40 years. He loved spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ and never met a stranger. He had the biggest smile that would light up the room and loved telling jokes and making people smile. Richard loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and loved eating, cutting grass, and traveling to Florida and Pigeon Forge. Since 1968, Richard has been an integral part of the staff of Hillcrest Chapel and has ministered to countless grieving families over the years.