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.
McMahan's Funeral Home was established on May 15, 1953 by brothers Frank and Clayton McMahan. Frank and Clayton both served in the Army during World War II and both graduated in 1946 from Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in Nashville Tennessee.
The business was started in Frank and Clayton's white framed childhood home on Main Street in Rutherfordton. As the business grew through the years, land adjoining the property was purchased and the funeral home was remodeled and a Chapel was built in 1960. Upon the death of Clayton in 1978, Frank's wife Charlotte Spratt McMahan began to work some in the funeral home for many years. Clayton's wife Margaret Wray McMahan retired from the Rutherford County School System as a elementary school teacher.
Frank and Charlotte's son, John F. McMahan II graduated from funeral and embalming college in 1983 and began working in the family business. The growth of the business prompted a need to expand the funeral home, and in late 1983 construction began to add an additional 4,000 square feet. The whole funeral home was completely renovated and construction was completed in June of 1984. Today the business continues to be family owned and day-to-day operations are managed by John.
Our Valued Staff
John F. McMahan, II, Managing Director & Owner
John is married to Christie Briscoe McMahan and both are Rutherford County Natives. John is a graduate of R-S Central High School and a 1983 graduate of Gupton Jones College of Mortuary Science in Atlanta. He is National Board Certified and licensed as a Funeral Director and Embalmer. He is the owner and president of McMahan's Funeral Home. John and Christie have three children, John III (Mackie), Jesse Elizabeth and Lydia Ramona. John resides in Rutherfordton and is a member of the First Baptist Church Rutherfordton. John is also a retired volunteer firefighter with the Rutherfordton Fire Department with 20 years of service.
Larry G. Skipper, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Larry Skipper is a native of Rutherford County and a 1993 graduate of Chase High School. He lives in Cliffside NC and has two children Ben and Audrey. Larry is a 2011 graduate of Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood S.C. with an AAS in Funeral Service Education. Larry has begun his apprenticeship in December 2012 to become a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. Larry's grandfather A.C. McKinney, who founded the funeral home in Cliffside and Frank McMahan started their carerrs in funeral service together in 1946 and later branched out and opened their own establishments in 1953.
Steve D. Tiller, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Steve is a native of Kentucky. He got his start in the funeral business in May of 1990. After graduating from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelors degree in Ornamental Horticulture with an emphasis in Landscaping. He entered the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, graduated and started his apprenticeship in Clarksville, TN. After gaining licensure he worked in TN until July of 2013. At this time he moved to Hendersonville, NC. Steve began working at McMahan's Funeral Home in July of 2014. He currently holds a Funeral Director and Embalmer licenses in TN and Funeral Service Licensee in NC along with Preneed License for NC. Steve and his wife Rhonda have four children; Ashley, Nathan, Mary and April. Steve and his family are members of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.