Brioneses open new funeral home

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.”



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