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

 

 

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Hatch Bailey President & Funeral Director in Charge | Since 1979
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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 | Since 2014
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Mike Lednicky Chief Financial Officer | Since 2016
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Steve Mansen Funeral Director | Since 2007
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Dwain Funderburk Funeral Director & Embalmer | Since 1982
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Talibah Maxwell-Gaines Funeral Director & Embalmer | Since 2020
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Abigail Boney Advance Planning Specialist | Since 2017
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Baxter Bailey Video and Sound Technician | Since 2009
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Odell Nevills Funeral Director’s Assistant | Since 2001
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Susan Stem Administrative Assistant | Since 2008
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Greg Brumit Funeral Director’s Assistant | Since 2001
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Joe Flores Funeral Director's Assistant | Since 2001
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Felix Ursua Funeral Director's Assistant | Since 2017
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Laura Scott Receptionist | Since 2015
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Michele Anderson Receptionist | Since 2021
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Randall Perry Funeral Director’s Assistant | Since 2015
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Jamey Yadon Administrative Assistant | Since 2018
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Tony Galindo Funeral Director's Assistant | Since 2019
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William Love Funeral Director's Assistant | Since 2019
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Jason Lundquist Funeral Director's Assistant | Since 2021
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Bill Frazier Funeral Director's Assistant | Since 2020
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Randy Prevatt Transfer Specialist | Since 2020

Hatch Bailey

President & Funeral Director in Charge | Since 1979
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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 WHB. 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. He is now the proud grandfather of two grandchildren! Hatch understands loss on a level that many cannot, and wants to use his experience to help those experiencing their own grief. 

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 3 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 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 Blake

Chief Operating Officer | Since 2014
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Josh joined Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey as a Funeral Service Assistant in June 2014. Later that year, he started to work 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. 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.

Josh currently serves as the Chairman for the Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and is fluent in Spanish. In the Spring of 2019, he was elected to serve on the board of Selected Independen Funeral Homes and serves on Selected's NextGen Advisory Committee. He is a graduate of the Greater Waco Chamber's Leadership program, Class XXXV.

He enjoys spending quality time with his family, especially his nephews and niece. Some of his favorite activities include running trails in Cameron Park, playing tennis, traveling, and supporting the Baylor Bears.

Mike Lednicky

Chief Financial Officer | Since 2016
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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 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.

Steve Mansen

Funeral Director | Since 2007
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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.

Dwain Funderburk

Funeral Director & Embalmer | Since 1982
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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 an Assistant Chief with the Seale-Round Prairie Volunteer Fire Department.

Talibah Maxwell-Gaines

Funeral Director & Embalmer | Since 2020
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Talibah is a Funeral Director and Embalmer and has been with us since July 2020. She is a Waco native, who began working locally in funeral service at the age of 17. Recently, she returned to her hometown, after serving families in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

Upon graduating from Robinson High School in 1999, she continued her education at Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma. She then enrolled at the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service and received her Associate of Applied Service Degree in Mortuary Science in November 2002.

Talibah is a huge supporter of her community and has affiliations with the Order of Eastern Stars, Heroines of Jericho Court 18, Knights & Ladies of Peter Claver Catholic Fraternal Organization, and the Cen-Tex African American Chamber of Commerce.

Talibah attends Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Waco. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Keith, watching true crime stories, and playing a variety of instruments. She is without a doubt a diehard fan of the Oklahoma Sooners, Houston Texans and Houston Astros. But her great joy in life is serving God’s people through the ministry of funeral service.

Abigail Boney

Advance Planning Specialist | Since 2017
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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 will be a graduate of the Greater Waco Chamber's Leadership Class XXXVI.

Baxter Bailey

Video and Sound Technician | Since 2009
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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

Funeral Director’s Assistant | Since 2001
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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 Stem

Administrative Assistant | Since 2008
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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.

Greg Brumit

Funeral Director’s Assistant | Since 2001
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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 three grandchildren.

Joe Flores

Funeral Director's Assistant | Since 2001
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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 | Since 2017
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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 | Since 2015
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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 teenage son. She lives in Hewitt and is originally from the Crawford area.  

Michele Anderson

Receptionist | Since 2021
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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.

Randall Perry

Funeral Director’s Assistant | Since 2015
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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.

Jamey Yadon

Administrative Assistant | Since 2018
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Jamey began work as a funeral director's assistant in the spring of 2018 and then transitioned to administrative assistant in May 2021. 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 an M.Div. with a concentration in biblical studies. In January 2019, Jamey married Audrey Johnson at their church, Calvary Baptist. He is currently serving as the interim pastor at Axtell Baptist Church. He enjoys cycling, reading, camping, and cooking. His favorite books include Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Discipleship and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein.

Tony Galindo

Funeral Director's Assistant | Since 2019
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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.

William Love

Funeral Director's Assistant | Since 2019
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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 Lundquist

Funeral Director's Assistant | Since 2021
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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.           

Bill Frazier

Funeral Director's Assistant | Since 2020
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Bill works as a funeral director's assistant and has been with us since 2020. He grew up in Bellmead, Texas and graduated from La Vega High School. He attended North Texas State University. He then moved to Dallas and worked there until his retirement. He enjoys fishing and hunting in his free time.

Randy Prevatt

Transfer Specialist | Since 2020
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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.