Island Home Monument was founded in 1951 by C.B. Mulkey Sr. Then located on Sevier Avenue near the South Knoxville riverfront, the company began with the skilled craftsmanship of hand-carved memorials and hand-cut epitaph. Mulkey passed his trade secrets down to his son, Charles “Buddy” Mulkey Jr, who took over the business after fulfilling his service with the United States Navy. But the quality craftsmanship hasn’t stopped there; Buddy has since then taught his son, Christopher Mulkey, the skills of the trade.
Many tools and technology have evolved making modern day memorials more uniformed. The Mulkey’s are certainly still proud to show off their distinct hand-carving skills for custom monuments; however, rubber stencil and sandblasting have streamlined the process allowing a quicker turnaround time.
In 2018, a neighboring monument company, Maryville Monument, purchased Island Home, relocating it to Chapman Highway. The two long-standing companies have collectively served the East Tennessee region for over 150 years, each still taking pride in every personalized tribute. The current owner and general contractor, Jeff Wallace, has added over 30 years of construction experience to the Mulkey’s generations of craftsmanship. Products and services include granite and bronze memorials, mobile sandblasting, monument restoration, commercial signage, plaques, garden stones, bricks and pavers. Together Island Home Monument and Maryville Monument will continue to provide you with a quality craftsmanship, strategic designing, and unbeatable customer service for your private memorial or construction project.
While Jeff has only owner Island Home Monument Company for 10 years, he has over 30 years of experience in the construction industry. In his spare time, Jeff is a dog lover who enjoys working with rescues. He currently has 2 pit bulls along with a long haired dachshund. Jeff enjoys coaching youth football and volunteering with Little League.
Growing up in Maryville and the daughter of a small business owner, Tabitha enjoys working with a company so rich in local history. Her experience is in both bookkeeping and human resources. Tabitha’s weekends are usually filled with her two daughters, four dogs, a cat, coaching softball, and cheering on the Vols.
Growing up as a military brat, Celena’s family finally planted roots in East Tennessee. She joined the Island Home team in the spring of 2018 after several years in the memorial industry. Celena enjoys her country surroundings; living on a small farm with chickens, ducks, and bees. She also enjoys traveling, kayaking, and spending time with her family and friends.
With over 6 years in the memorial industry, Rebecca has vast knowledge and passion for helping families create a lasting tribute to their loved ones. Outside of spending time with her son and three fur babies, she enjoys snow skiing and traveling.
Alysia first earned her experience in monument etching through a college internship while attending The Art Institute of Pittsburg. After many years of traveling and exploring her love of art, the mountains were calling her to Tennessee. She set roots near family after evacuating from Hurricane Irma in 2017. While Alyssa still enjoys painting, pencil drawings, and teaching paint parties, helping families create custom etchings, especially portraits, of their loved ones is dear to her heart. She hopes each piece of art brings some peace and comfort to her clients.
Alysia Van Camp
Canaan joins us from Elberton, Georgia, also known as the Granite Capital of the World. His families granite work goes back multiple generations with Canaan first learning the craftsmanship in his Pa’s granite shed. Canaan moved his high school sweet heart and two sons to Maryville in the summer of 2018. In his spare time, Canaan enjoys hunting and fishing.
Drew is a Blount County native currently pursuing his degree in Construction Business. When not working at Island Home Monument or studying, Drew enjoys kayaking and fishing.