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About Us

Who we are

Since 1924, we have been honored to deliver healing experiences to the community

We exist to serve the unique needs of every family. Learn our story. Lean on us. And let our expertise lead you through the best experience possible.

What we stand for

Our promise

Today, tomorrow, and forever, our commitment to you stays the same.


Every life is unique, and we promise to honor and respect each journey, crafting ceremonies that reflect each individual.


Navigating grief can be overwhelming; we stand by you, providing direction and solace every step of the way.


Beyond a service, we're committed to helping families create lasting tributes that transcend generations.

Our Story

Discover the storied legacy of Costner-Maloy & Brown Funeral Home, Newport's oldest funeral service provider. From its early 20th-century beginnings as Willis-Larue Company to its recent merger forming a new chapter in compassionate care, this presentation will guide you through a century of dedicated service and community commitment. Join us as we explore the milestones that have shaped our identity and our enduring commitment to honoring life.

Early Beginnings

Established in the early 1900s by George Willis and Hurley Larue, as the Willis-Larue Company which served Newport from Main Street, laying the foundation for over a century of compassionate service.

Transition and Growth

Purchased by E. Claude Balch, Sr. in 1932 and operated until 1940, the business transitioned to Maloy-Sugges Funeral Home when moved to its current location in 1940. By 1945, under Voyle Maloy and Ruby Stuart, it became known solely as Maloy Funeral Home.

Renovation & Modernization

The 1957 renovation introduced modern comforts like air conditioning, electric heating, and a new chapel, solidifying its place as a premier facility. Voyle Maloy, deeply involved in the community, also served as Newport alderman.

Leadership Changes

After Voyle Maloy's passing in 1979, Cleo Balch took over management, maintaining high standards and overseeing operations until 1991. This period marked a steadfast commitment to service and community.

The Costner Era Begins

In 1991, Donald L. Costner acquired controlling interest, renaming it to Costner-Maloy Funeral Home in 1994 after securing full ownership. A native of Cocke County, Costner's leadership brought numerous updates and modernizations.

Merger and Future Vision

In September 2022, Costner-Maloy Funeral Home merged with Brown Funeral Home, creating Costner-Maloy & Brown Funeral Home. All operations were consolidated at the former Brown Funeral Home location, ushering in a new era of service from 338 East Main Street.

Continuing the Legacy

As we reflect on over a century of service, Costner-Maloy & Brown Funeral Home remains committed to the principles of compassion, innovation, and community focus that have defined our legacy. Through continuous improvement and a deep understanding of the needs of the families we serve, we pledge to maintain the highest standards of care.

Meet the team

Families know they can count on us to provide them the comfort they need when they need it most

Donnie Costner

Donnie Costner

Location Manager, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

Judy Ottinger

Judy Ottinger

Licensed Funeral Director

Byron Chambers

Byron Chambers

Licensed Advanced Planning Specialist

J. David Hoyt

J. David Hoyt

Funeral Assistant

Rebecca Massey

Rebecca Massey

Funeral Assistant

Linda Shaver

Linda Shaver

Administrative Assistant

Patrick Murphy

Patrick Murphy

Funeral Assistant

We're here for you

Where the memory of your loved one can be uniquely celebrated

We'll take care of every detail

We'll help you with everything you need with a simple step-by-step process for all of your funeral, cremation and advanced planning.

Personalized Services

Every loved one is unique. Celebrate them with ceremonies and tributes that are authentic to the life they lived.

24/7/365 Support Staff

You’re never alone. Our dedicated staff is always available to assist you with making arrangements and finding support.
Associations & Awards
Our Awards
Top Work Places

Costner-Maloy & Brown is honored as one of the Best Places to Work in 2023.

Real stories from real people

“Great funeral home they treat you like family”

Author: Bert Naillon rated with 5 stars
We're hiring

Join us

Beyond the opportunity to truly make a difference, Costner-Maloy & Brown Funeral Home offers competitive pay, a healthy work-life balance, and many opportunities for growth.

Plan for the future, today

Pre-planning lets your loved ones focus on honoring life instead of hashing out details. Learn the choices you can make now, so a future funeral becomes more of a celebration than a burden.