Meet Our Caring Staff
Our staff provides excellent funeral planning services
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life, cultures and faiths. Our unsurpassed staff and our family provide kind, caring, professional service. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, adhering to the highest funeral industry standards, and with the highest integrity. We consistently earn phenomenally high customer satisfaction survey results.
Our licensed, professional staff is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 713-521-0066 anytime. We answer our own telephones; no answer service. We will even come to you to make arrangements in the comfort of your home.
Prompt, compassionate service is always just a phone call away, where and when you need it.
Ronald Francis Bradshaw
Co-Founder, Deceased 2008
Ronald Francis Bradshaw served his Funeral Director apprenticeship at George H. Lewis and Sons in Houston before co-founding Bradshaw-Carter with his partner in 2003. For years prior, Bradshaw was one of New York’s most respected interior decorators, Architectural Digest and Vogue regularly featured his work.
He believed a funeral home should be just that—a home, and service only one family at a time. Sparing no expense in it's design and decor, the redbricked, Georgian-style Bradshaw-Carter, which opened in March 2004, looks like a baronial mansion. Bradshaw-Carter believe that beauty can soften sorrow and Bradshaw’s plan was to make sure that everyone, not just the city’s elite, are given the opportunity to experience the ultimate goodbye experience.
Bradshaw was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, in June 2007 and passed in June of 2008.
Michael “Tripp” Carter
Co-Founder, Funeral Director, Crematory Operator, Prearrangement Counselor
Michael “Tripp” Carter co-founded Houston’s leading family-owned and operated funeral home, Bradshaw-Carter Memorial & Funeral Services in 2003. The Home for Services is located at 1734 West Alabama Street, inside Loop 610, just South of Kirby and South Shepherd Drives. Bradshaw-Carter Memorial & Funeral Services offers Houstonians a quality alternative to corporate-owned funeral service providers.
Tripp holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Tulane University and is a licensed funeral director, crematory operator, and holds his Group 1 General Lines insurance license. Prior to becoming a licensed funeral director, Tripp worked in fundraising for Rice University, The University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center, and The Menil Foundation.
Tripp currently serves the Houston community as Member, Capital Campaign Steering Committee, Reach Unlimited; Trustee, Houston Ballet Foundation; Member, Capital Campaign Steering Committee, Bering Omega Foundation; Vice President, Member, Executive Committee, St Anne Catholic School Foundation Board; Member, Art Advisory Council, The University of Saint Thomas, and Member, Endowment Board of Directors, Legacy Community Health Services.
Tripp is a member of, the Selected Independent Funeral Homes, the International Order of the Golden Rule of Independent Funeral Homes, the Texas Funeral Directors Association, and the National Funeral Directors Association.
Raymond J. Bradshaw
Funeral Director, Embalmer, Crematory Operator
Raymond J. Bradshaw, Ron Bradshaw’s brother, leads the embalming and restorative arts services at both Bradshaw-Carter Memorial & Funeral Services and its sister funeral home, Cypress-Fairbanks Funeral Home, in Houston.
Raymond is co-owner and funeral director-in-charge of Cypress Fairbanks Funeral Home. A 2002 graduate of Commonwealth Mortuary Institute, Raymond holds an Associate of Applied Science in Funeral Service degree in both funeral directing and embalming and is licensed in both from the State of Texas. Raymond is also a licensed crematory operator in the State of Texas.
Raymond is a member, Selected Independent Funeral Homes, International Order of the Golden Rule of Independent Funeral Homes, the Texas Funeral Directors Association, and the National Funeral Directors Association.
He is a member and attends Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
Jovon Alfon B. “LuJack” Tyler
Funeral Director, Crematory Operator; Director of Operations
Jovon Alfon B. "LuJack" Tyler is director of operations at Bradshaw-Carter Memorial & Funeral Services. Member, Selected Independent Funeral Homes Leadership Academy, 2013 Class. A 2009 graduate of Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service, Jovon holds a Certificate of Funeral Directing and is licensed as a funeral director and crematory operator in the State of Texas.
Jovon believes strongly in supporting those less fortunate than him and participates regularly in mission trips to help those in need in locations such as Zambia, Africa; Guatemala City, Guatemala; and Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He is most proud of his recent efforts to raise local funds from generous Houstonians to build a school in Zambia for AIDS orphans.
Jovon attends St. Paul's United Methodist Church and St. John's Downtown.
Director, Embalmer, Prearrangement Counselor
Andrew Smeltzer became a funeral director and embalmer for Bradshaw-Carter Memorial & Funeral Services in early May 2014. He has worked in funeral homes since he was 13 years old and graduated with a degree in mortuary science from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, in 2012. Andrew’s technical skills are backed by his years of experience serving grieving families.
Andrew holds licenses as a funeral director and embalmer in the States of Michigan and Texas. He is also accredited through the Texas Department of Banking to write and coordinate funeral pre-arrangements.
Andrew attends St. Anne Catholic Church in Houston.
Martha “Marti” (Mrs. Robert L.) Carter
Mrs. Carter, Tripp Carter's mother, is Bradshaw-Carter's concierge. She is available to assist you with any and all arrangement details ranging from the perfect florist, caterer, hotel and travel arrangements,private car, private jet, or limousine transportation, custom sympathy stationery, and much more.
Mrs. Carter is involved in a number of Houston,national, and international charitable organizations. She has traveled extensively and has lived in a number of international cities.
SONJA MITCHELL is a Pre-arranged Funeral Consultant and Memorial Design Specialist. She is a graduate of the University of Houston and has over twenty years of experience in her field. As part of Bradshaw-Carter's continuing service, Sonja will provide assistance to families with:
* Funeral pre-arrangements for other family members.
* Updating and coordinating family cemetery and funeral arrangements.
* Coordination of memorialization and providing design consultation for markers and monuments at all cemeteries.
* Assisting with the review and transfer of pre-arrangements written through other firms.