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

Simply the best, due to its serene peaceful like setting and subdued road noise. Mobility through the park has been made safe and convenient with it's level graded land.  Compared to steeply graded cemeteries, such as cemeteries on a hill where noise tends to amplify and ability to traverse the grounds becomes increasingly difficult. We at Polk Memorial understand the importance of being able to visit a loved one, even when age or mobility becomes more difficult. This is why our the level and uniform grounds are so important.

Originally founded by Ed Phillips and associates in 1953 and named after our 11th President of the United States. It boasts the only full size granite sculpture of James K. Polk. Polk Memorial Gardens was purchased by Alan Blevins and family in 1984. Alan continues the growth and development of the park like settings to this day. Such as the building of side walks, planting trees, and additional garden options. He also planned and designed all  major enhancement to the cemetery such: as the chapel mausoleum, the praying hands garden mausoleum, and most recently the Arbors at Polk Memorial.

Adjacent to St. John's Church the rich history of this hallowed land makes Polk Memorial a special location for honoring and remembering those who have gone on before us.

In addition to our special location Polk Memorial boasts a perpetual care status. Perpetual care cemeteries give a true piece of mind to our families. It ensures the viability and maintenance of the park like settings on our grounds generation after generation. This along with with strict policies ensure the serene peaceful settings are continuous for families to reflect on time past with families and loved ones.

Naturally cultivated land with less than 25 acres developed.  Future space options as in any cemetery are limited.

To date Polk Memorial has laid to rest over 9,000 loved ones. In addition to those loved ones Polk Memorial continues to serve those families and care for the grounds entrusted with their loved ones. Polk is the largest well maintained private cemetery in Maury county.



Our Team

  • Alan Blevins

    Alan Blevins, Chief Executive Officer

    Alan Blevins has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer for over 36 years, holding a license in Arkansas and Tennessee. He grew up in Mountain Home, Arkansas and attended the University of Arkansas before receiving a scholarship to the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science where he was Valedictorian of his graduating class. He is a member of Pi Sigma Eta Scholastic Fraternity. Alan purchased Williams Funeral Home, Columbia and Mt. Pleasant, TN, from the Williams family in 1982. Under his leadership, the Williams Funeral Home operation has expanded to include an on-site crematory, Polk Memorial Gardens, Pinecrest Memorial Gardens, Cemetery Memorials of Tennessee and Family PALS, the pet and animal loss division of Williams Funeral Homes and Crematory. Alan has served on various boards and charities in Columbia and has been elected as secretary / treasurer and two terms as president of the Cemetery Association of Tennessee and now serves as the President of the Southern Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association. Alan resides in Columbia, TN and has two children, Lauren Ashley and John Alan. He enjoys golfing, fishing and spending time with his family.

  • Lauren Blevins

    Lauren Blevins, Chief Operating Officer/Certified Celebrant

    Lauren Blevins is a native of Columbia, Tennessee. She is a graduate of Zion Christian Academy. After high school, Lauren went on to Belmont University in Nashville where she graduated with a bachelor's in business administration. During her early years at Belmont Lauren began working for her father at Williams Funeral Home, and quickly realized that her heart was in service. Since then Lauren has decided to follow in her father's footsteps of service and currently serves as a licensed funeral director in the state of Tennessee.

    Lauren has always had a passion for this industry and a love for technology and strives to continue to look for new ways to serve families in a more personal way. She presently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Williams Funeral Home Inc, as well as Polk Memorial Gardens.

    Lauren loves to look for new ways to serve families, and because of that, she has recently become a Certified Celebrant as well as certified crematory operator. In 2013 she completed her Master's degree in business from Trevecca Nazarene University. Lauren is a past member of the board of directors for the International Cemetery, Cremation, and Funeral Association (ICCFA), a current sitting board member of both the Southern Cemetery, Cremation, and Funeral Association (SCCFA) , the Cemetery Association of Tennessee (C.A.T), and the United Way Board of Maury County. She also holds the title of Certified Cemetery and Funeral Executive issued by the ICCFA.

    Lauren speaks in various parts of the country within different organizations on subjects ranging from wow factors and motivational seminars, to the importance of pre-planning and relationship building.


  • John A. Blevins

    John A. Blevins, Director of Public Relations

    John Alan Blevins was born and raised in Columbia, TN. He attended Zion Christian Academy from Preschool until graduation in 2007. Following high school he attended Lee University and later transferred to the University of Tennessee Knoxville graduating in the spring of 2012 with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. He is currently working towards planning his future with his soon to be wife Ashlyn Elizabeth White and obtaining his funeral directors license. After years of watching his father care for others during the most trying of times, he felt that he would be able to carry on his father’s care and compassion for those in need.

  • Michelle Haslock

    Michelle Haslock, Director for Family Service, Cemeteries/Certified Celebrant

    Michelle Haslock was born and raised in northern Indiana (Mishawaka), lived in central Indiana (Fishers and Westfield) from 1996 to 2018, and moved to Columbia, Tennessee on August 1, 2018. Michelle is very proud to be the first American born to and the first American citizen in her family.
    Michelle attended college at Davenport University in northern Indiana for Travel and Tourism Administration and Sales and Marketing. Her career background has been in management since 1993 predominately in hospitality, human resources, and the death care industry. She loves being involved in her community, enjoys doing volunteer work, and has served as a Sunday school teacher, PTO vice president, and a member or many organizations including the Optimist Club and Chamber of Commerce. Michelle is certified as a grief support group facilitator, and, for personal growth, is currently enrolled in a program to become a certified catalyst/life coach.
    Michelle has two sons; Dylan, who is 27-years-old, and Gabriel, who would be 22-years-old, but died as a result of a hard-fought battle with leukemia when he was 8-years-old. After Gabe’s death, Michelle chose to start her career assisting others who have to say good bye to their loved ones, &/or are grieving after a loss, aspiring to assist the families she serves in a way that makes a painful time just a little easier. She has found that working in the death care industry can serve as a simple reminder to appreciate that she is alive and each moment she is blessed to spend with her loved ones.
    Michelle is a family service counselor and would be honored to answer your questions and/or share the benefits and preplanning the unique and personal details of your final arrangements.

  • Stan Eastep

    Stan Eastep, Superintendant

    Stanley "Stan" Eastep, known as Spunk to his friends and family serves as the Cemetery Superintendent for Polk Memorial Gardens, Pinecrest Memorial Gardens, Giles Memory Gardens and Maplewood Cemetery.

    Stan has many years of management experience and has hands on expertise in many areas in mechanical, grounds, farming and maintenance fields. He is a successful business man in his own right.

    More than that, Stan is proud of his family. He is married to Patsy Eastep and has three adult children: Bubba, Lauren and Hailey. He also enjoys attending his grandchildren's ball games and is active in community events in Mt. Pleasant, where he resides. Stan is always willing to lend a hand to those who need it.

    Stan is a great asset to the Williams Funeral Home family and has implemented multiple improvement processes that have benefited the families that we serve at our cemetery locations.

  • Samuel

    Samuel "Jake" Jacobs, Groundskeeper

    Samuel "Jake" Jacobs was born and raised in Midway Tn, where he lived until enlisted in the Marine Corps in February 1993. He returned home in March 2013 after serving his Country and shortly after met his wife, Renee. They were married in November 2015. He has a stepdaughter Cassidi, who is a student at UT Martin studying wildlife management. Jake began working here at Polk Memorial Gardens in July 2017. He currently lives on his farm in Pulaski with all his various pets and animals

  • Samuel

    Samuel "Sam" Keasler, Groundskeeper

    Sam Keasler was originally born in Athens, Tennessee and has resided in the Middle Tennessee area for the past twenty years.

    He and his wife Andrea have lived here in Columbia, Tennessee for the past ten years. He enjoys spending time with their family of three dogs and two cats. Before he became a Groundsman for Polk Memorial Gardens, he was a Maintenance and Operations Manager for a professional sports team and has several certifications in rigging and machinery operation.

    Sam has always taken great pride in every job he does and enjoys helping others in their time of need with the talents he has obtained along the way.

  • Ryan Veloz

    Ryan Veloz, Groundskeeper

    Ryan Veloz is a groundskeeper at Polk Memorial Gardens. Ryan is also involved in the upkeep of Pinecrest Memorial Gardens and Giles Memory Gardens.

    Originally from the Quad Cities which is a group of cities in Illinois and Iowa located on the Mississippi River. Ryan is a graduate of Moline High School in 2002. Following high school, he worked on a construction crew building log and custom houses where he learned a variety of skills he can now incorporate into the care of our cemetery. Following that Ryan spent 12 years at Trugreen Lawn Care in Davenport Iowa as a licensed turf and horticulture specialist.

    In 2006 Ryan had the pleasure of marrying his best friend Jana Veloz. Together they have 5 beautiful children: Bradley (14), Emmanuel (12), Layla (10), Zoey (6), Gloriana (4). Ryan’s son Emmanuel was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 7. Ryan and his family are participants in many JDRF events to assist in the research and hopefully one day a cure of type 1 diabetes.

    Ryan is dedicated to the care of not only our cemetery but to the many families served at Polk Memorial Gardens.

  • Delana Lindsey

    Delana Lindsey, Cemetery Administrator

    Delana Lindsey was born and raised in Columbia, TN. After moving to and living in southern Kentucky for some 12+ years she has come back home to beautiful Middle Tennessee. She is a Columbia Central High School graduate and the daughter of Orville and Brenda Lindsey. She has 5 nieces, 4 nephews, 1 great-niece & 1 great-nephew.

    Office administration has always been Delana’s job of choice. However, she was also a live-in nanny for a family in Kentucky for 5 years. She has a heart for children and a desire to help others.

    Since beginning her position with Williams Funeral Home, at Pinecrest Memorial Gardens, she has learned so much and met so many wonderful folks! Delana’s hope for the future is to continue to learn and strive for continued improvements at Polk and Pinecrest.

  • Jennifer K Reed

    Jennifer K Reed, In-House Attorney

    Jennifer Reed moved to Columbia, Tennessee in 1997 with her family and is proud to call Columbia home.

    Jennifer is a 2003 graduate of Zion Christian Academy. She attended Belmont University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2007. After working a few years and serving with the International Mission Board in 2009, she attended Liberty University School of Law where she served on the Liberty University Law Review. Jennifer received her Juris Doctor degree in 2012. Jennifer is licensed to practice law in both Tennessee and Florida.