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Debbie Murphy

Debbie Murphy

Owner/ Mortician

Debbie is the owner of Pine Knot Funeral Home and serves as President. Her late father-in-law D.H. Campbell built the business in 1995 and she has been here since its inception.   

Debbie has been a licensed funeral director since 1998 and holds license in both Kentucky and Tennessee. She graduated from Mid America College of Funeral Service and is also an embalmer. 

Debbie is married to Jim Murphy and she has a son Colby Campbell. 

Debbie has been very active in the community and has served on many local civic groups and organizations.

Telephone: 1-606-354-9100


Paige (Jones) Helbert

Paige (Jones) Helbert

Kentucky Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

Paige began her journey in the funeral industry in December of 2009 working as a secretary. After starting her apprenticeship in 2011. she enrolled in Mortuary School.  In September of 2014 she graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science with an Associates Degree in Specialized Technology of Funeral Service Arts and Science. After completion of school, Paige obtained her Funeral Director and Embalmer's License for Kentucky. 

Paige is a member of the Meadows Grove Baptist Church. She is the daughter of Merle Jones and Daphne (Hamlin) Clark. Paige is the paternal granddaughter of Phillip and Fay (Angel) Jones and the maternal granddaughter of Ronald and Shirley (King) Hamlin.

Paige married her husband, Shane Helbert, in October of 2013. She is the mother of LilyAnne Elaine and step-mother of Trenton Shane Helbert. They reside in Whitley City.   

Paige is our general manager here at Pine Knot. We are thankful to have her on our staff and look forward to many years with her. 

Timothy L. Corder

Timothy L. Corder

Kentucky Licensed Funeral Director

Tim was born the son of Terry G. and Elisa (Waters) Corder. He is married to Amy L. (Perry) Corder and father to Isaac, Sarah, and Rylee. His grandparents were the late Elbert and Randy (Jones) Corder and Buddy and Jacqueline (Cline) Waters.  

Tim started in the funeral service industry with Maxine (Jones) Waters in September of 2007. He is a licensed Kentucky Funeral Director and Life Insurance Agent.  He is currently the elected McCreary County Coroner.

Tim is a member of the Clearview United Baptist Church, Orie S. Ware Masonic Lodge, Laurel Heights Order of the Eastern Star, Scottish Rite Covington Valley, and McCreary County Fair Board.  He has served as McCreary County Republican Chairman, McCreary County Election Board Republican Member, and Adanta Regional Board of Directors Member.

Israel Clark

Israel Clark

Funeral Director and Embalmer Apprentice

Level 2 Funeral Director and Embalmer Apprentice

Israel is the son of Israel and Loretta (Coffey) Clark. He graduated from the McCreary Central High School in 2013.

 He was a member of the Kentucky Mountain Trio, and is a member of the Wolf Creek United Baptist Church. He has made his home in Stearns, KY.

Israel is serving his level two apprenticeship for Funeral Directing and Embalming.

 Israel brings much compassion and enthusiasm to our team, and we are very proud to have him aboard. 

Cleda Gray

Cleda Gray


Cleda came to the funeral home in late 2003, along with her late husband Rev. John Gray. After Bro. John passed away in March of 2005, Cleda stayed on as an attendant and serves in many other capacities here. 

Cleda assists in floral arrangements for visitations and funeral services as well as our door attendant during visitations. She makes sure that no task is left undone prior to a service. 

Cleda is a wonderful asset to us and we are glad to have her aboard.

Donna Stephens

Donna Stephens


Donna is the wife of Jackie Stephens and they have made their home in Pine Knot for over 40 years. Their children are Coby Stephens and his wife, Courtney, and Nikasha Sexton and her husband, Colby, who also live in Pine Knot. She has 4 wonderful grandchildren, Connor, Chloe, Coleman, and Kason. 

Donna is the daughter of the late Lewis and Myrtle New of Stearns and granddaughter of the late Dave and Nancy (Jones) New and Johnny and Becky (Coffey) Coffey. 

Donna is a member of the Hayes Creek Church of God and very active in the local community. 

Donna has come to our staff after serving the local community in her role as Bookkeeper/Business Office Manager for over 20 years. With a background in Bookkeeping and Taxes for over 30 years. She has recently became an Apprentice with the Kentucky Board of Funeral Directors. 

We are very grateful to have Donna has apart of our staff. 

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