With more than 15 years of experience between the pair, LeRoy and Nelly Briones said they could not pass up on an opportunity to provide Uvaldeans with a second option for funeral services. In September of 2017 the couple opened Hillcrest Memorial Funeral Home, located at 424 Geraldine St.
Services are available 24 hours, seven days a week but office hours are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The funeral home can be reached at 830-333-9036.
Staff includes funeral director LeRoy Briones; funeral attendants Nelly Briones, Al Briones, Cody Briseno, Dana Torres and Elizabeth Hernandez; and office secretary Katherine Fulton.
“We are new to Uvalde,” LeRoy Briones said. “We took over the building five months ago. This building has been a funeral home since the mid-70s so when we came in we completely renovated the inside and outside of the building.”
The building consists of a front office, arrangement room, chapel, display room, where funeral merchandise including caskets and urns can be viewed; and a family reception room, where the bereaved family can convene in private. Every room is complete with a flat-screen television.
“If it gets too difficult for family members they can go to the family room and have coffee,” LeRoy Briones said, noting the establishment has a Keurig and offers Starbucks coffee. “It can also be used to host a reception after funeral services. Families are welcome to bring food and drinks.”
Along with building renovations, the family also purchased an all-new fleet. Utilizing Batesville Casket Company, they offer a variety of casket, cremation urns and various medallions or figurines for caskets with interchangeable corners. Pre-plan forms are also available online at http://www.hillcrestmemorialfuneralhome.com/preplanning/pre-plan-online.
“We cater to each family individually,” LeRoy Briones said, noting that the funeral home has been busier than even he could have expected.
“It is a big blessing,” LeRoy Briones said. “Everyone from Uvalde has been very welcoming.”