A Family Serving Families

We serve our families as family. Our staff will stay in contact with you every step of the way and guide you through the decision-making process. He or she will carefully explain your options, make recommendations at your request, take care of all the small details, and ensure that you and your family's personal touch is always present.

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Hatch Bailey President & Funeral Director in Charge
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Roy Bailey Board Director
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Wes Bailey Board Director
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Josh Blake Chief Operating Officer
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Mike Lednicky Chief Financial Officer
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Tommy Riggs Senior Funeral Director & Embalmer
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Steve Mansen Funeral Director & Administrative Assistant
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Dwain Funderburk Funeral Director & Embalmer
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Abigail Boney Advance Planning Specialist
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Susan Stem Administrative Assistant
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Patricia Russo Administrative Assistant
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Baxter Bailey Funeral Director’s Assistant & Video and Sound Technician
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Greg Brumit Funeral Director’s Assistant
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Johnny Rodriguez Funeral Director's Assistant
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Joe Flores Funeral Director's Assistant
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Felix Ursua Funeral Director's Assistant
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Laura Scott Receptionist
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Lindsey Jacks Funeral Director’s Assistant
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Luke Stokes Funeral Director's Assistant
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Odell Nevills Funeral Director’s Assistant
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Paul Leos Funeral Director’s Assistant
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Randall Perry Funeral Director’s Assistant
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Jamey Yadon Funeral Director's Assistant

Hatch Bailey

President & Funeral Director in Charge
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The Wilkirson, Hatch, and Bailey families have been serving Waco for over 90 years. Hatch Bailey represents the fourth generation of this proud tradition as the funeral director in charge, co-owner, and president of W-H-B. He and his wife, Yvonne, met while they were attending Baylor University, and had four sons together before she passed away in 2007. Within the next five years, Hatch lost both his parents within a year of each other and raised his boys on his own. Hatch understands loss on a level that many cannot, and wants to use his experience to help those experiencing their own grief. In addition to his official duties at W-H-B, Hatch is the grief coach for the funeral home’s Hand-In-Hand program.

Hatch was born and raised in Waco and graduated Vanguard College Preparatory School, Baylor University, and Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science. He began working for W-H-B in 1979, began his full-time career in 1982, and later became president of the funeral home his great-grandfather began in 1925. 

Waco is his home, and it’s a community he loves very much as evidenced by the multiple charities and organizations he’s lent himself to. Following in the steps of his father and grandfather, Hatch currently serves as a deacon at The First Baptist Church of Waco.

Roy Bailey

Board Director
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Roy Bailey is a co-owner and a Board Director of Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home and the oldest of the Bailey brothers.  Though not active in the day to day operations of the funeral home, he is very knowledgeable about the family-owned business having served on the Board for many years.

He is CEO of Bailey Deason Capital Interests, LLC. The original firm was formed as Giuliani Deason Capital Interests with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Darwin Deason who was founder and Chairman of ACS, a large and very successful business process outsourcing company which was sold to Xerox. BDCI is focused on investing in middle market size growth-oriented companies where BDCI can have an impact on the future growth and expansion of the business.  BDCI also represents a small group of diverse companies and does high-level business development for them in alignment with their strategic initiatives.

Prior to Bailey Deason Capital Interests, Mr. Bailey was the Executive Vice President of Hicks Holdings, LLC.  This is the family office of Thomas O. Hicks in Dallas, Texas.  At that time the company included ownership of the Texas Rangers, Dallas Stars and the Liverpool Football Club.

Mr. Bailey was a founding Partner and Managing Director of Giuliani Partners LLC in New York City.  He found the equity partner (Ernst & Young) and helped negotiate and organize the business structure, which was a multi-million dollar transaction.  As a founding partner of Giuliani Partners, he developed many large business transactions here in the U.S. and the Middle East.  Mr. Bailey also originated the business transaction and partnership between Mayor Giuliani and the law firm of Bracewell & Giuliani.

Roy has been recognized for his civic and social activities.  He was one of the youngest Presidents ever elected to the 100-year-old Downtown Rotary Club of Dallas, Texas.  He is serving or has served on the boards of numerous public organizations, including Baylor, Scott & White Hospital Foundation, Victim Relief Ministries, the Texas Safety Association, DFW Airport Chaplaincy, SMU Athletic Forum (Chairman), the SMU Mustang Club (President), the Dallas Athletic Club (board member), and the Park City Club (President).

Roy and his wife, Tina, reside in Dallas and have three children and 2 grandchildren. He graduated with his BBA in 1976 from Southern Methodist University.

Wes Bailey

Board Director
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Wes Bailey is a co-owner and a Board Director of Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home and the middle sibling of the Bailey brothers. Though not active in the day to day operations of the funeral home, Wes is very knowledgeable about the family-owned business having even worked there in years past.

He is Chairman of Bailey Insurance & Risk Management, Inc. in Waco, Texas.  Wes began his property and casualty insurance career in 1978 after receiving a BBA degree in accounting from Baylor University.  He received his Certified Insurance Counselor designation in 1980.

Wes currently teaches a Business Insurance class each fall semester at Baylor University and has done so since 2003. He serves on the board of directors of the Hillcrest Health System.  He is Past Chairman of the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, Past President of the Waco Business League, Past President of the Waco Rotary Club, and Past Campaign Chairman of the Greater Waco United Way.  Wes also served as a Regent on the governing board of Baylor University for nine years from 2002 until 2011.  While a Regent, he served as chairman of the Athletics Committee and the Finance Committee.  He served as a director of the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas from 1998 to 2000.                                                                                                                                                                        

Wes and his wife, Rebecca, have three children (all Baylor graduates) and four amazing grandchildren.  Wes has taught an Adult Bible Study Class in his church for over 35 years and lists his other hobbies as hunting, fishing, and spending time at his ranch in the Texas hill country.  

Josh Blake

Chief Operating Officer
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Josh started part-time as a Funeral Service Assistant at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey in June 2014, and in fall of that year, he started full-time as a Pre-Need Counselor and began the process of becoming a licensed funeral director. In December 2015, he completed his degree in Mortuary Science from Amarillo College. In April 2018, he graduated from the Leadership Academy through the trade association Selected Independent Funeral Homes. Josh now serves as our Chief Operating Officer. 

Josh grew up in Waco and graduated from Waco High School. He has been a close family friend of the Baileys since 2001. After receiving his Bachelors of Art in Psychology from Baylor University, he moved to Thailand for a year while he taught English as a second language. He has several years of experience working with individuals and their families in the greater Waco area who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

Josh currently serves on the board of directors for the Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and is fluent in Spanish. He is involved in the Greater Waco Chamber's Young Professionals. He enjoys spending quality time with his family, especially his nephews and niece. He works out with the TUF Bootcamp, runs trails in Cameron Park, and enjoys playing tennis, traveling, and supporting the Baylor Bears. 

Josh is an active member of University Baptist Church in Waco.

Mike Lednicky

Chief Financial Officer
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Central Texas native Mike Lednicky joined WHB as our Chief Financial Officer in 2016. He is an active member of St. Mary’s Church of the Assumption in West, where he is the former vice president of the parish council.  He is a member of the West Knights of Columbus Council 2305, where he serves as Grand Knight, the treasurer of the West Youth Football League, member of the St. Mary's Catholic School Board, and board member of the Arc of McLennan County. After graduating from West High School, Mike attended Texas A&M University where he earned a Bachelor degree as well as his Masters degree. He is married to Dr. Jill Beatty Lednicky, and they have three boys, Zachary, Luke, and Jacob. His hobbies take him outdoors including coaching his sons in sports, and spending time with his family. 

Tommy Riggs

Senior Funeral Director & Embalmer
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Tommy Riggs is our senior funeral director and embalmer and has been with us since 2000. He grew up in Waco, graduating from Richfield High School and the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. He and his wife, Toni, are members of First United Methodist Church Waco and have two sons, Thomas and Chris. Tommy is a Member of Waco Masonic Lodge #92 and enjoys golf, physical fitness, swimming, SCUBA diving, traveling, and spending time with his family.

Steve Mansen

Funeral Director & Administrative Assistant
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Steve Mansen is our funeral director and administrative assistant, and has been with us since 2007. He grew up in Waco, graduating from Richfield High School, and is a graduate of Texas Christian University, Brite Divinity School, and Philips Theological Seminary. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas Grievance Review Board, an ordained minister in the Christian church (Disciples of Christ), and is a former pastor of Central Christian Church, where he, his wife, and their two children are members.

Dwain Funderburk

Funeral Director & Embalmer
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Dwain Funderburk is a funeral director and embalmer, and has been with us since 1982. Dwain is a graduate of Commonwealth College of Science and the Texas A&M Fire Training School. He lives in Seale and has two grown children, Steve and Whitney. He was with the Groesbeck Volunteer Department for a total of 22 years, 17 of which he served as chief, and is currently a Volunteer Fireman with the Seale-Round Prairie Volunteer Fire Department.

Abigail Boney

Advance Planning Specialist
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Abigail grew up in Waco and graduated from Waco High School in 2003. She went to Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas and received her Bachelor's degree in Social Work in 2007. After moving to Dallas for work, she moved back to Waco when she married her husband, Cory, in 2013. 

Abigail enjoys volunteering on the Thursday Night Dinner committee for Cotton Palace, and substitute teaching in the 3-year-olds Sunday School at First United Methodist Church. She loves spending time with family and friends, working out at OrangeTheory Fitness, attending Baylor athletic events and traveling with her husband. She and Cory have two hunting dogs, Judge and Briles, that keep them very occupied.

Susan Stem

Administrative Assistant
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Susan works as an administrative assistant and has been with us since 2008. She graduated from Robinson High School, and is a former Rosebud-Lott Band Booster president and  member of First Baptist Church in Lott. Susan has two sons, Bryan and Wiley IV, and a Maltese named Chloe. She enjoys gardening, cooking, and entertaining family and friends.  She has been a participant in the Cattle Barron’s Style Show as a grateful cancer survivor.

Patricia Russo

Administrative Assistant
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Patricia Russo is an administrative assistant and has served here since 2007. She graduated from La Vega High School and is a long-time administrative assistant for several local Baptist churches and the Waco Baptist Association. She and her husband, Frank, enjoy time spent with local muscle-car enthusiasts and at benefit car shows.



Baxter Bailey

Funeral Director’s Assistant & Video and Sound Technician
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Baxter Bailey is a funeral director’s assistant and our Sound & Video Technician. He has been with us since 2009. He is the oldest son of Hatch and  Yvonne Bailey, the grandson of Bill and Roberta Hatch Bailey, and the fifth generation to serve at the funeral home. Baxter grew up in Waco and graduated from Bosqueville High School. He was a Private First Class in the Young Marines and has been involved with Kanakuk Kamps, K-Life, Cotton Palace, The Symphony Brass, and the First Baptist Church of Waco.

Greg Brumit

Funeral Director’s Assistant
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Greg Brumit works as a funeral director’s Assistant and has been with us since 2001. He holds a B.A. from Dallas Baptist University and a Masters Degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Greg is the pastor at Kendrick Lane Baptist Church and enjoys fishing. He and his wife, Debbie, have three adult children and one granddaughter.

Johnny Rodriguez

Funeral Director's Assistant
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Johnny is a funeral director's assistant and has been with us since 2004. He lives in Waco with his wife, Yolanda, and has been married over 46 years. He is a member of Waco Missions, Inc. and attends Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He is president of the Eucharist Ministers and a Parish Council member. His interests include radio disk jockeying and collecting nutcrackers, old 45’s and CD’s, and albums.

Joe Flores

Funeral Director's Assistant
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Joe Flores is a funeral service assistant and has been employed here since 2001. He is a member of the St. Louis Catholic Church and enjoys working, traveling, gambling, and watching sports. He loves spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Felix Ursua

Funeral Director's Assistant
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Felix Ursua works as a funeral director’s assistant. He joined the WHB family in September 2017. Felix served in the U.S. Army and retired from the Englander Container Co. after 41 of service. He is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and services as a chaplain at the Waco Missions Recreation Club. You can find Felix dancing or working in his garden when he isn’t spending time with his family and grandchildren. Felix and his wife, Fidela, have three children, 12 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Laura Scott

Receptionist
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Laura began working with us as a part-time receptionist in 2015 while she remains employed full-time as an academic advisor at Baylor University.  She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Baylor and enjoys cooking, genealogy research, and any activities that involve her 11-year-old son. She lives in Hewitt and is originally from the Crawford area.  

Lindsey Jacks

Funeral Director’s Assistant
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Luke Stokes

Funeral Director's Assistant
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Luke Stokes is a funeral director's assistant and has been with us since 2016. Luke has a Master’s Degree from Truett Seminary at Baylor University and upon graduation pursued a career in social work for six years. Then in 2011 he became a professional photographer. He is a member of First Baptist Church Waco. He and his wife, along with their two boys, live on about 20 acres of old grazing land that they are restoring back to Texas blackland prairie. Luke enjoys growing fruits and vegetables, hunting, and fishing.

Odell Nevills

Funeral Director’s Assistant
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Odell Nevills is a funeral service assistant and has been with us since 2001. He resides in Mart where he graduated Mart High School, and is a member of the Mart Volunteer Fire Department and the Mart Masonic Lodge #636. He is currently working on obtaining his Funeral Director’s License and enjoys hunting and fishing.

Paul Leos

Funeral Director’s Assistant
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Paul is a funeral service assistant and has been employed here since 2008. He is a member at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and serves on the Waco Parks and Recreation board. He enjoys watching sports, traveling, and spending time with his grandchildren.

Randall Perry

Funeral Director’s Assistant
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Jamey Yadon

Funeral Director's Assistant
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Jamey began work as a Funeral Director's Assistant in the spring of 2018. He grew up in the countryside of southern Kentucky and received his B.S. from Western Kentucky University. He is also a graduate of Baylor's Truett Theological Seminary, where he received a M.Div. with a concentration in biblical studies. Jamey is a member of University Baptist Church, where he has taught Sunday School and served in the children's ministry. He enjoys cycling, reading, disc golf, and cooking and has recently taken up baking.