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.
A Family Serving Families
The Wilkirson, Hatch, and Bailey family (different names, but the same family) have been serving families in the greater Waco area for almost 100 years since 1925. Hatch Bailey represents the fourth generation of this tradition as Co-Owner, President and Funeral Director in Charge of WHB. Hatch was born and reared in Waco where he graduated from Vanguard College Preparatory School and Baylor University. While in college, soon after the death of his paternal grandparents just ten days apart, Hatch began working part time at WHB in 1979. Upon graduation from The Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in 1982 he began working full time.
He met Yvonne Mize the first day of school as Freshmen at Baylor University and they married upon graduation. She died in 2007 due to complications of cancer. Two of their four sons were still living at home at the time. Within the next few years, Hatch's parents died within a year of each other. His focus now that he's in his early 60s is being the proud grandfather of three grandchildren! Hatch understands grief and the cycle of life on a level that many haven't experienced, and wants to use his experience to help others through their own grief.
Hatch says Waco is home and a community that he loves very much as evidenced by the multiple charities and organizations he’s lent himself to throughout the years. He considers it a great honor to be called upon for service following the death of someone's loved one. He is very comfortable with death and takes it very seriously. "It's an honor and a duty to be taken seriously", he remarked. Hatch is the fourth generation of his family to be a member of The First Baptist Church of Waco where he is a Deacon. His favorite pastime is being with family and close friends.
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 3 grandchildren. He graduated with his BBA in 1976 from Southern Methodist University.
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 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 six 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 joined Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey as a Funeral Service Assistant in June 2014. Later that year, he transitioned to 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, and 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.
He grew up in Waco, graduating from Waco High School in 2002. He has been a close family friend of the Baileys since 2001. After receiving his Bachelor of Art in Psychology from Baylor University, he moved to Thailand for a year where he taught English as a second language. Josh has several years of experience working with individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities in the greater Waco area.
In the Spring of 2019, he was elected to serve on the board of Selected Independent Funeral Homes and served as president of the association from 2021-2022. Locally, he served as the Chairman for the Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in 2021 and is fluent in Spanish. He is a graduate of the Greater Waco Chamber's Leadership program, Class XXXV.
Josh currently serves as a Board of Trustee for the Heart of Texas Behavioral Health Network, TIF Board for the city of Waco, the Advisory Committee of Waco Foundation’s Development of Strategic Assets (DSA), and the Hispanic Leadership Network Mentorship Committee.
He enjoys spending quality time with his family, especially his nephews and niece. He is a member of First Woodway Baptist Church. Some of his favorite activities include running trails in Cameron Park, playing tennis, traveling, and supporting the Baylor Bears.
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 Financial Secretary (as well as being Past Grand Knight), the treasurer of the West Youth Football League, as well as an active member of the ACTS missions group. He is also a former board member of the St. Mary's Catholic School Board and former Vice President and Treasurer of the Board 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 in Accounting, as well as a CPA license in the state of Texas. 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.
Bill joined Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey in 2021 as a licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer. He is a lifelong Wacoan, a 1981 graduate of Richfield High School and a 1983 graduate of the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. Bill began his funeral service career as an apprentice with Wilkirson-Hatch Funeral Home in downtown Waco at the age of 18.
After serving many Waco area families in his capacity as a Funeral Director/Embalmer, Bill left the funeral home in 1989 to pursue an opportunity in the banking industry at Texas National Bank of Waco. Due to the sale of the bank in 1999, Bill and his father purchased a General Motors automobile dealership in Gatesville. Bill co-owned and operated the Coleman Autoplex until he sold the car dealership soon after the death of his father and mother.
In 2006, Bill returned to funeral service helping Waco area families. After many years at other funeral homes, Bill was once again afforded the opportunity to join the staff at WHB. He feels blessed and very thankful to be able to serve others through the ministry of funeral service at WHB.
Bill is a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and the proud father of Emily Katherine Coleman who is a student at The University of Oklahoma. Bill loves being a dad to Emily, cooking, traveling and quality time with his large extended family and many friends.
Steve Mansen is a Funeral Director and Administrative Assistant and has been with us since 2007. He grew up in Waco, graduating from Richfield High School, a graduate of Texas Christian University, Brite Divinity School, and Philips Theological Seminary. He is also a former pastor and is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Steve enjoys spending time with his wife and two adult children.
Taylor joined Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey in 2023 as a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. She grew up in the small town of DeLeon, TX and later continued her education at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, TX.
During her time at Tarleton, she participated in a career shadowing program, which led her to working at the two funeral homes in Stephenville, TX. Although she originally wanted to become a medical examiner, she quickly discovered that her true passion was serving others during times of grief through funeral service.
In May 2016, she completed her degree in Mortuary Science from Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in Houston, TX. She believes there is no higher privilege than serving those who call upon us to care for their loved ones in their time of need. Taylor is dedicated to honoring each and every unique life and has a genuine passion for helping others.
Since December 2020, she’s served as a funeral director in Waco, TX and enjoys spending time with family, her husband, Bobby, their pets, and creating art every chance she gets.
Abigail joined our WHB family in November 2017 as our Advance Planning Specialist. She 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 to be closer to family in 2013.
Abigail enjoys spending time with family and friends especially loving on her two nephews and godson. Her favorite hobbies include volunteering, running, cheering on the Horned Frogs, traveling, and being a hostess with the mostess. In May of 2020, she graduated from the Greater Waco Chamber's Leadership, Class XXXVI.
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 an Assistant Chief with the Seale-Round Prairie Volunteer Fire Department.
Baxter Bailey is 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.
Odell Nevills is a funeral director's 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 Masonic Lodge #636. He is currently working on obtaining his Funeral Director’s License and enjoys hunting and fishing.
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.
Jenna Lee Mayfield
Jenna Lee Mayfield is a Texan native, born in Austin and raised in the close-knit community of Lexington. Her passion for artistic endeavors was evident from an early age, leading her to pursue a degree in traditional darkroom photography at Sam Houston State University from 2001 to 2002. Eager to expand her skills in the digital realm, she transferred to the Art Institute of Dallas, where she completed her studies in Digital Media Production in 2005.
Following her academic journey, Jenna moved to Waco and soon met and married her husband, Brigham Mayfield, he had an existing successful photography studio and together establishing Mayfield Fine Photography in Waco, Texas. They captured cherished moments for countless families, leaving a lasting impact on their clients.
In 2023, driven by a desire for a career change, and interested in deathcare, Jenna found her calling within the esteemed Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey family. Her skills, passion for photography, digital design and helping people have proved a great fit for the role.
Apart from her professional life, Jenna cherishes her role as a loving mother to her six children, treasuring every moment spent with them. Her free time is devoted to her family, enjoying nature, indulging in her love for baking, and laughing together with loved ones as much as possible.
John is an In-Sight Institute Certified Funeral Celebrant and Funeral Director's Assistant. He has been with WHB since 2021. He has been caring for families in grief and celebrating funerals for over 25 years. He brings his expertise, care and compassion to help families plan a funeral ceremony for their loved one that is profoundly personal and meaningful.
John will schedule a special meeting with your family where he will listen to your stories and invite family members to share memories, anecdotes and special moments from your loved one’s life. John will guarantee that the needs of your family and the desires of the deceased are honored through clear and ongoing communication with you. He brings a treasure of resources and experience as together you plan a meaningful experience. With John, each funeral ceremony honors the life of the deceased. The time he spends with your family and the celebration of your loved one’s life offers the opportunity to begin the healing process so necessary for you and your family’s lives.
“I deeply believe that every family needs to be given the opportunity to honor and revere their loved one’s life. At a funeral ceremony, we come together to mourn, grieve, remember, and both cry and laugh. I feel called to help families do in death what they did in life, because their beloved lives on forever within their heart.”
Randy is a transfer specialist and has been with WHB since the beginning of 2020. He was born and raised in Waco. After graduating from University High School in 1968, he spent four years in the U.S. Navy/Marine Corps, serving aboard the USS Ranger with the 1st Marine Division. Upon completion of military service, Randy studied at McLennan Community College, Baylor University, and graduated from Texas Woman’s University, Class of ’77, with a B.S. degree in dental hygiene. He practiced for more than thirty years in Waco and in Switzerland. After retiring from dentistry, he worked with his friend and mentor, Terry Owens, at Waco Mortuary Service for fifteen years. In his spare time, Randy enjoys golfing and, being the longtime lover of Westies that he is, spending time with his Sophie Loren.
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.
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.
Michele became a part-time receptionist in 2021, while employed full-time as an advising specialist at McLennan Community College. She holds bachelor and master’s degrees from Baylor, and a master’s degree from Tarleton State University. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and doing home improvement projects with her grown children and dad. She grew up in McGregor and now lives in Woodway.
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 three grandchildren.
Randall Perry is a funeral director's assistant and has been with us since 2015. He also serves as Senior Adult minister at First Baptist Church Waco. In 2018, he completed his 50th year as an ordained minister. He received his Doctoral degree from New Orleans Baptist Seminary. He is married to Debbie Hunter Perry, they have two adult children and five grandchildren. He enjoys gardening and spending time with his grandchildren.
Tony Galindo works as a Funeral Director’s Assistant at WHB. He joined the WHB Family in 2019 after retiring from L3 Communications with 28 years of continuous service. Tony and his wife Cookie have two wonderful children and one lovely granddaughter. He is a devoted life member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church since its inception in 1957. Tony became the Choir Director of the 10 o’clock mass on June 10, 1991 and loves serving the Lord. His hobbies include home landscaping, music, following the Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Rangers, but most importantly spending time with his loving family.
Earl Cumbie joined the staff as a Funeral Director’s Assistant in July 2021. He holds a B.A. degree from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, and he received his Master’s degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Earl served on the staff at four churches during his forty-four years of ministry as Associate Pastor in Education / Senior Adults. He and his wife, Melony, were married for almost forty years until her passing in November 2020. Earl enjoys yard work, travel and antiquing.
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 teenage son. She lives in Hewitt and is originally from the Crawford area.
William Love is a Funeral Director’s Assistant and joined in the Fall of 2019. He earned degrees in music from Mississippi College in Clinton, MS, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. William grew up in a pastor’s home and began serving churches in 1969 as a Minister of Music. He is currently the Associate Pastor of Senior Life at First Baptist Church Waco. William and his wife, Marianne, have two adult daughters. The Loves enjoy listening to a wide spectrum of musical styles, birding, gardening, watching movies, and singing.
Jason has been a funeral director’s assistant since 2021. He has a BA from Baylor University in political science and a master’s degree from Tarleton State University in criminal justice. Jason retired from the Waco Police Department after over 21 years of service to the Waco community. During that time, he also served as a motorcycle funeral escort. He is a member of St. Jerome Catholic Church in Woodway. Jason enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking with his wife, mowing the lawn, and anything outdoors.
Gil is a funeral director's assistant and transfer specialist and has been with us since 2021. He is a lifelong Wacoan and graduated from Richfield High School in 1981. He studied at McLennan Community College and Baylor University. Gil delivered mail in Waco for 34 years and retired from the United States Postal Service. His many interests include golf and gardening.
Robert joined Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey in 2023 and helps as a Funeral Director’s Assistant. After graduating from Waco University High School in 1975, he served in the U. S. Air Force for four years and retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 38 years. He was the founding pastor of Mighty Wind Worship Center in Waco. Currently, he is a member at Viento Fuerte Church at First Woodway serving as the church evangelist. He also volunteers for church outreach projects and church missions’ projects. He is married to Becky and they have six children and eight grandchildren. After riding motorcycles for 50 years, he enjoys yard work, cooking, Barbecue, watching sports, traveling and getting together in large family gatherings.
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