Our Staff

At Springfield Memorial Gardens, Funeral Home & Cremation Center, we are dedicated to providing the families of Middle Tennessee the most beautiful and peaceful setting for their loved ones life celebration and final resting place.

Funeral Home Staff

Abigail Lemley

Lic. Funeral Director & Embalmer

Wayne Slighter

Lic. Funeral Director & Emblamer

Jim Gay

Lic. Funeral Director, Lic. Embalmer

Melissa Smartt

Lic. Funeral Director & Embalmer

Family Service Counselor

Nina moved to Nashville in 2013 to pursue a career in the funeral planning business. Nina knew from experience that she wanted to help families understand their options and pre-plan for the one thing in life that is inevitable. She loves the people she meets every day and her goal is to work smarter, not harder. Nina’s motto: “Slow down and make memories because when life gets hard you can always lose yourself in the precious ones and survive until you get to make more.”

Community Outreach

Michell Price

Community Outreach Director

Tommy Austin

Director of Community Relations

Community Service

Jeff Friedman

Assistant Manager of Advance Planning

Sheryl Bartlett

Marketing Coordinator

Ryan Brymer

Veteran’s Specialist

Office Manager

Executive Team

Cindy Foree

Our Operations Director, Cindy started with our company in 1992. She holds a business management degree and serves as Executive Director for the Cemetery Association of Tennessee.

Utilizing her years of experience in the funeral and cemetery industry, Cindy oversees operations for all of our locations and works with location managers, to achieve our mission and promote the care of families first.


Bill Gregory

Our Sr. VP of Operations, Bill Gregory, has been actively involved in the funeral and cemetery industry, serving the families of Middle Tennessee for over 40 years. He began his career at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens, which he still oversees operations for today.

He built his first funeral home in west Nashville in 1994 and has continued to grow the Family Legacy properties which include funeral homes, cemeteries, a crematory and floral services serving most Middle Tennessee families. While he continues to grow our company, he maintains our tradition of providing the same exceptional level of care we would desire for our own family.


Our Director of Advance Planning is responsible for managing our Family Service Counselors to ensure families are able to make cemetery, cremation and funeral arrangements in advance. As a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Ben knows the importance of being prepared.   

Ben has extensive experience in the profession and believes making funeral, cremation, or cemetery decisions does not have to be a difficult process.  He knows the advance planning process allows you to express your wishes and relieve your loved ones of this future emotional and financial burden. This makes it one of the greatest gifts you can give our family.


Our Director of Cemetery Operations, Kevin oversees the care of our cemeteries, managing equipment and crews for burials, landscaping, maintenance and development. Kevin has an extensive background in the industry. He leads our grounds crews with the philosophy that Families are #1 and tells the guys “treat every service like it’s your mamma’s”.


Grounds Maintenance

grounds maintenance staff

Our team of grounds men is lead by Kevin Armistead. We promote service to families and the importance of our work in caring for cemeteries.


Customer Review

M. P.

Caring and compassionate staff every time. They are willing to go the extra mile to serve the families in their community.