History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
G . W. Cox Memorial Funeral Home in Del Rio, Texas was opened in August of 1987, by George W. Cox, Jr., a decedent of early settlers who came to Del Rio in 1876. George was a native of Del Rio, graduating from Del Rio High School in 1971. After enlisting and serving three years in the U.S. Army, he attended Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos. Then he attended and graduated from Commonwealth College of Funeral Services of Houston, Texas and received his Funeral Directors and Embalmers license in 1976. He worked as a student funeral director and embalmer for ten years at Brookside Funeral Home and Memorial Park in Houston, Texas. George then spent the next one and a half years employed by Cashner Funeral Home in Conroe, Texas.
Charles E. Walker, Vice President, manager of Cashner Funeral Home, who also served as Vice President and manager of Brookside during the entire time of Mr. Cox’s employment had the following statement: “It was my privilege to work closely with George for twelve years and I did not know anyone that was very sincere, honest and had the highest moral and ethical standards. I know that George W. Cox, Jr. serves the people of Del Rio, Val Verde County in a manner that I was very proud of, he was a very capable individual.” Mr. Cox always said that he had a chance to fulfill a childhood dream in serving his hometown community in a manner from which his late father served. To him it was a goal to service Families with dignity, honesty and integrity. As a child George spent all his time with his father at the Del Rio Funeral Home where his father G. W. Cox, Sr., served as director for thirty years and then served as City Councilman and Commissioner from 1967-1974 despite losing his vision in the 60’s.
The building currently operating as G. W. Cox Memorial Funeral Home was leased and opened in honor of G. W. Cox, Sr., in 1979 and was formerly called North Park Mortuary, but which been opened. Due to the high cost of opening a new location and not knowing if the people of Del Rio wanted another Funeral Home; Mr. Cox leased the building for forty-one years with an option to eliminate lease at any time. George set his goals….budgets and expenses for the first year, if he had not done at least 30 funerals the first year he said he would know that the people of Del Rio were happy with the two funeral homes already operating and that if he did not make it at least he had the opportunity to make his dream come true and that not many people could say that. The business grew from 40 funerals the first year to at least 125 per year since. The growth was based on reputation and service, newspaper ads and a billboard for one year on the main highway to direct people to the funeral home’s location. Mr. Cox wrote a letter introducing himself and announcing the opening, he had delivered the letters to as many streets that he could walk for many weeks. He was active in the community, Lion’s Club, Elks Club, Knights of Columbus and a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church which the funeral home has contributed calendars since 1988.
He held the expenses by only hiring part time employees to work funeral services only, everything else he did from taking calls from families, mowing the lawn, cleaning the building and helping at the cemetery. The only negative aspect of operating a funeral home was always staying on top of your budget as business is never consistent and changes not every year but each month. The funeral home has been in opened since 1987 and still operates today with only part time employees despite the untimely death of George W. Cox in March of 2000. The current Funeral Director in charge is Rebeca E. Leos. We offer full funeral service as well as cremation. We recently acquired the Westlawn Cemetery and maintain and offer plots for burials also. The Funeral home does not use an answering service, but maintains that all families deserve immediate attention. We have two chapels for services and offer a selection on many high quality caskets, urns, and burial containers vendors.
Our Valued Staff
Judy Cox, Proprietor
Robert Lohr, Staff Member
Don Guajardo III, Alternate Funeral Director
Blanca Villarreal, Operations Manager
J. Mario Juarez, Pre-Arrangement Manager
Karen J. Gaona, Location Manager
Richard Flores, Funeral Attendent / Transportation Specialist