Our History

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. They understand there is a difference in funeral homes, an important difference...a difference that matters. 

Founded in 1946

Claybar Funeral Home has always been committed to caring for families during the most difficult of times. The Claybar story began in 1946 when Ambrose Claybar converted a residence in Orange into a funeral home. When World War II ended, Lannie Claybar returned from service to join with his brother in the business and committed himself to service. Lannie Claybar and his wife, Marjorie Brown, built the business into Orange's leading funeral service provider. Lannie Claybar was a gifted individual with incredible people skills and a genuine compassion. Lannie was also an accomplished pianist.

Lannie died in 1969 and the torch was passed to Marjorie and David Claybar; Brown Claybar joined the family business in 1973. With the second generation, a new facility was built in Orange. This new facility is located at 504 5th Street, which is adjacent to the original building site.   David Claybar served as President of the company from 1969 to 1980.

A period of growth

In 1980 Brown Claybar assumed the leadership of the corporation. The 1980s started a period of growth. While continuing to be the leading funeral home in the Orange area, expansion became a business strategy. Shared cost and regional personnel efficiency benefited our funeral staff and clients. During this period the following companies were purchased by Claybar Funeral Home:

*Clayton - Thompson Bridge City Funeral Home - Bridge City, Texas *Hillcrest Memorial Gardens - Orange, Texas *Orange Forest Lawn - West Orange, Texas *Fuller Funeral Home - Orange, Texas *Kelley-Watkins Funeral Home - Beaumont, Texas *Haven of Rest Crematory and Cemetery - Beaumont, Texas *Claybar Floral Shop - Beaumont, Texas.


Current Management

In May of 2007, Warren Claybar was elected President of the corporation and Brown was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors. Warren represents the third generation of the Claybar family leading the company. He and his capable management team perform the day to day activities of the company, keeping the founders' ideals in focus.

Innovation... the path to greater service

During the past 20 years, as technology progressed, Claybar Funeral Home embraced change and contiually looked for ways new technology could enhance funeral service.

In 2010, we developed and launched CREMATIONSasimpleway.com.  This innovative web site allows families, in the privacy of their homes and offices, to explore various cremation options and make decisions on-line.  In 5 simple steps they are guided through various options, make their selections and submit to the funeral home.  Less expensive than traditional cremation arrangements in a funeral home, CREMATIONSasimpleway.com provides a great resource to Southeast Texas.

In the Spring of 2012, we developed OBITSsetx.com.  A free community obituary web site, sponsored by area funeral homes, to provide a free option to the every increasing Newpaper fees.  Through their sponsorship, the site is subscription free to the community.

In the Fall of 2012, OBITSswla.com was lauched to serve the communities of Southwest Louisiana.

Most recently, a revised web site for Claybar Funeral Home was created providing a miriad of new services, information and social networking options.

What's next?.... You can be certain it will innovate service to a new level. It will make a difference!
It will be a source of pride for our company, the families we serve and our communities.
We will let you know.

Warren Claybar

Warren Claybar, President

John Everitt

John Everitt, Director of Operations, Beaumont and Director of Communications

Amber Henderson

Amber Henderson, Office Manager Claybar Funeral Homes, Manager of Blooms by Claybar Floral

Roy McDonald

Roy McDonald, Cemetery Grounds Manager

Kyle Hogg

Kyle Hogg, Funeral Director

Wendy Stephenson

Wendy Stephenson, Funeral Director

John Stephenson

John Stephenson, Director of Operations

Taylor Bendy

Taylor Bendy, Secretary

David Trumble

David Trumble, Funeral Service Assistant

Mike Combs

Mike Combs, Funeral Service Assistant

John Woods

John Woods, Family Service Advisor

Tiffanie Woods

Tiffanie Woods, Family Service Advisor

Betty Brokl

Betty Brokl, Family Service Advisor

Betty Jo Cole

Betty Jo Cole, Administrative Specialist

Brenda White

Brenda White, Lead Designer - Blooms by Claybar Floral

Heather Hannah

Heather Hannah, Funeral Director

Nikki McHenry

Nikki McHenry, Funeral Director Apprentice

Chris Gunstream

Chris Gunstream, Funeral Service Assistant

Taylor Barborek

Taylor Barborek, Secretary