History & Staff

At Claiborne-Overholt Funeral Home, we have provided customizable memorial services for many years. Personalized service options allow you to honor your loved ones in a way that is both meaningful and healing. We hope to provide support and caring while delivering memorial services that celebrate life and help families find the peace they deserve.
If you’re seeking an honorable celebration of life in New Tazewell and the surrounding areas, we invite you to learn more about where we came from and the dedicated people behind our work.

A History of Caring


Claiborne - Overholt Funeral Home was established years ago, and serving families has always been our focus. We take pride in being able to guide people through some of their most difficult days. We take pride in maintaining a setting that allows people to find solace. Celebrating life is our mission. That’s never changed. And with pride, it never will.

Our Staff’s Dedication to Respectful Care

A funeral, or memorial service, should provide family members and loved ones with the chance to reflect, remember, and celebrate a life well-lived. At Claiborne-Overholt, our goal is to create exceptional services and experiences that fulfill the wishes of your loved one. Our experienced Funeral Directors provide guidance on the crucial first steps toward healing.

Eddie Overholt


Eddie Overholt

Co-Founder, Funeral Director and Manager

Wife Rebecca Overholt and son Tyler. 
Co-founder of Claiborne-Overholt Funeral Home, Eddie enjoys serving the families to meet their needs in a very caring and compassionate way. Eddie is a graduate of Carson-Newman University. He also enjoys serving as pastor of the Cedar Grove Baptist Church where he now has over 30 years in the ministry of this church. Eddie likes spending time on the lake with his family and on the golf course with his son Tyler, who is an avid golfer.



Parlon Widner

Parlon Widner
Funeral Assistant

Parlon has been employed at the funeral home for 10 years. He serves as a funeral assistant on every funeral and memorial service. Parlon has served as a deacon at his church for 48 years now. He enjoys visiting other churches, as well as singing in the churches. Parlon has a passion for farming, raising cattle, working with his horses, and spending time with his grandchildren.



Chester Gibson

Chester Gibson
Funeral Assistant

Chester has been a longtime educator and has recently retired from First Century Bank where he served as a loan officer. He has been assisting at the funeral home since its conception. He enjoys working visitations and meeting with the families. He too has a passion for farming and spending time with his granddaughters.



Lillian Overholt

Lillian Overholt
Funeral Assistant

Lillian has always enjoyed helping with families at the funeral home. She has been with the funeral home from the beginning. Lillian enjoys spending time in her garden and keeping her lawn immaculate. She attends Cedar Grove Baptist Church.



Tyler Overholt

Tyler Overholt
Funeral Assistant

Tyler is a graduate of the 2015 class at Claiborne High School. He is also a 2017 graduate of Walters State Community College. He is a student at Lincoln Memorial University as a business major. Tyler currently assists with visitations and funeral services, learning the roles of a licensed funeral director and embalmer. In his spare time, Tyler enjoys fitness training, golf and relaxing with his friends on the lake.

In Memoriam 

Mr. James Clay Neely

Mr. James Clay Neely
Co-Founder, 1935-2012

In life, God blesses each of us with personal relationships built upon the foundation of trust and admiration quoted by Eddie Overholt. For decades, Clay Neely and I shared an honorable friendship that embodied the finest of personal and professional attributes. Clay was not merely a business partner, but rather a close and dear friend whose counsel was always deeply appreciated. For those who had the joy of knowing Clay, his infectious laughter served to ease the most trying moments of hardship. Having personally known him since 1975, I will always attest that Clay devoted his professional life to the service of others. Clay was a member of a virtuous generation who willingly placed others before self. The noble deeds to which Clay Neely dedicated his life have served to fully enrich the lives of all who had the privilege of calling him a friend.