"You took exceptional care of my mother. Your business epitomizes, and is a reflection of, what a locally owned and operated business should be."
Funeral Home Client
Family Owned vs. Corporate Owned
On first thought, the fact that we are a family owned funeral home may not mean much to you. But consider this: since we live and work here in Bryan College Station, Texas, your hard earned money goes directly to supporting local families and businesses in your community. We use local vendors and support numerous non-profit organizations right here in Bryan College Station.
While they may have been operating in our community for years, and their names have not changed, Hillier Funeral Home and Memorial Funeral Chapel have been sold to national and international conglomerates. These funeral service conglomerates keep the original family name on their businesses because they know that at your greatest time of need you are more likely to turn to a local business you feel you can trust, than to a national chain you know nothing about.
The following is a list of such conglomerates and the funeral homes they are operating in the Bryan College Station area:
SCI Group – Service Corporation International (stock symbol: SCI) Houston, Texas. The world’s largest funeral cemetery conglomerate owning more than 1,800 funeral homes and cemeteries in 43 states, eight Canadian Provinces, and Puerto Rico. SCI owns 100% of the following locations operating in our area:
• Memorial Funeral Chapel, Bryan
• Memorial Funeral Chapel, College Station
• Neptune Cremation Society
CLICK HERE to Read About the SCI Business Model
Carriage Services (stock symbol: CSV)
Houston, Texas. Carriage Services operates 170 funeral homes in 28 states and 32 cemeteries in 10 states. Carriage owns 100% of the following locations operating in our area:
• Hillier Funeral Home, Bryan
• Hillier Funeral Home, College Station
CLICK HERE to read about Carriage Services, Inc.
Corporately owned funeral homes pose as a “Mom and Pop” operation, attempting to reap the goodwill developed over prior generations. They are generally more concerned with sales goals, bonuses, volume targets, and keeping stockholders happy. Don’t expect the conglomerate owned business to advertise their affiliation or ownership out in the open.
In fact, some of their managers will even go as far as to intentionally mislead the customer by falsely claiming part ownership. This is because they do not want you to know they are corporate.