Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.
Ever since we opened our doors we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We aren't just a funeral home. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.
In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.
We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.
Learn the legacy.
The Rader family tradition of service now spans four generations, and dates back to the late 1920s when LeRoy Rader was a young man living in Illinois with the desire to become a mortician.
LeRoy attended mortuary school in Chicago during the day and worked nights to earn enough money for tuition and books. After graduating from mortuary school, LeRoy moved to Shreveport, Louisiana, and then later to Paris, Texas, where he was employed by Emerson-Brown-Roden Funeral Home.
After working in Paris for just a few years, LeRoy decided to move his family, which now included a young son, Charley, to Longview where he began working for Welch Funeral Home. After only two years, Thomas Welch asked LeRoy to manage the Everett and Welch Funeral Home in Gladewater, Texas.
In 1938, LeRoy Rader and Thomas Welch formed a partnership and opened the Welch and Rader Funeral Home in Kilgore, Texas. Shortly thereafter, LeRoy purchased his partner's interest in the funeral home to create the Rader Funeral Home in Kilgore an East Texas landmark still operating today.
In the early 1950s, LeRoy purchased a funeral home on North Fredonia Street adjacent to the First Methodist Church in Longview. He asked his son Charley, who had just graduated from North Texas State University, to manage the newly acquired funeral home. In 1954, Charley and his wife Betty moved to Longview, where they became and have remained very active community supporters.
In 1970, a beautiful new Rader Funeral Home was constructed at 1617 Judson Road, and the former location was acquired by the First Methodist Church.
In 1981, Betty and Charley's son, Charles returned to work after graduating from Texas Tech University and Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, he is now President and General Manager of the company.
In 2006, Charles and his wife, Lacy opened Charles Rader Funeral Home and Cremation Services, LLC in Henderson, Texas.
Who We Are
Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.
President - Funeral DirectorRead Bio
Charles was born in and raised in Longview, graduating from Longview High School and Texas Tech University. He attended and graduated the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service returning full time to Longview in August of 1981. Charles is active in many Longview organizations including the Longview-Greggton Rotary Club, where he is a past president and a Paul Harris Fellow. He has volunteered with the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, Windridge Therapeutic Equestrian Center, the March of Dimes, Buckner Children and Family Services, and the Greater Longview United Way. He is currently on the Henderson Chamber Board of Directors. He enjoys all kinds of hunting, especially duck and pheasant hunting. He and his wife, Lacy, are the proud parents of a son, Preston and his wife, Erika, and a daughter, Sarah and a grandson, Benjamin and a granddaughter, Abiigail. They attend Lifebridge Christian Center and they enjoy summer vacations, pistol shooting, and other family activities.
Funeral DirectorRead Bio
Preston was born and raised in Longview, and was a 2005 graduate of Pine Tree High School. He is also a 2010 graduate of Texas Tech University, and is 2011 graduate of The Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in Houston. Preston currently resides in Longview with his Wife, Erika and their two children, Benjamin and Abigail. He is an active member of the Henderson Rotary Club and the Henderson Chamber of Commerce as an Ambassador. He is a Past President of the East Texas Funeral Directors Association and served on the Board of the Texas Funeral Directors Association for 4 Years. He is an avid golfer and hunter, enjoys anything outdoors and spending time on the lakes here in East Texas, along with using his time off to be with family and friends.
Lynn Rader MartinRead Bio
Lynn grew up in Longview and graduated from Longview High School and Texas Tech University. She is a member of First Presbyterian Church, the Good Shepherd Guild, and Longfellows. She is a former board member of the March of Dimes, the Wildwood Homeowners Association, and the Good Shepherd Foundation. She is also a former member of the Junior League of Longview. Lynn and her husband, Jerry, a stockbroker at BSC Securities, are the parents of two children. Emily graduated from Baylor University, and Laura is a graduate of Texas Tech University. Lynn's hobbies include reading, antiques, gardening, and being with family and friends.
Funeral Director - ManagerRead Bio
Jonathan is a native of Longview and a graduate of Longview High School. He graduated from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in May 2003 and enjoys helping people as a funeral director. He and his wife, Molly, are members of Mobberly Baptist Church. He also enjoys all type of water sports, hunting, fishing, four-wheeling, riding his motorcycle, and working in his yard. Jonathan is the Manager of the Longview office.
Funeral Director - LongviewRead Bio
Harold is from Mt. Pleasant, Texas, and attended the Mt. Pleasant Schools. He is a graduate of the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service and is a member of Pi Sigma ETA, the national morticians’ fraternity. Harold is a member of Mobberly Baptist Church. He has two sons, Jason and Jonathan, who are both funeral directors Jonathan works with him at Rader Funeral Home and Jason is a local home builder. Harold enjoys telling anyone who will listen about his grandsons Carson and Colby and his granddaughter, Carly. When not working, he enjoys spending time with close friends.
Funeral Director - Compliance Director - LongviewRead Bio
John W. McClough, Funeral Director, a Rader member since 2011 John is from the West Coast, born in Springfield Ore. He entered the funeral industry in 1984 and attended San Francisco College of Mortuary Science, class of 1985. He is a licensed funeral director in CA, WA and TX. He also served in the US Navy, was a police officer reserve level II, a member of the masonic lodge and is a licensed minister. John has two sons serving in the US Navy and a daughter who lives in WA. He has 4 grandchildren all on the west coast. John and his wife Kaye who is a Texan native enjoy hunting and fishing, spending time with family, and traveling.
Funeral Director - LongviewRead Bio
Paul was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas; he attended Tyler Junior College where he was involved with the Apache Drum Line. Paul then graduated in 2011 from the University of Texas at Tyler. He then graduated from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 2012. Paul enjoys spending time with friends and family, as well as working with computers.
Maynard was born in Pennsylvania where he graduated from Allentown High School in 1960. He graduated with honors from LeTourneau University in Longview with a B. A. in Business Administration and from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches with M. B. A. Maynard was General Manager of the Longview Chamber of Commerce for 17 years prior to establishing his own insurance company which he operated for 15 years. Maynard is an active member of Mobberly Baptist Church and has one son, Jerry. He enjoys traveling, especially in the Branson, MO. area.
Sid grew up in Henderson, Texas where he graduated from high school. He moved to Longview in 1960 where he worked at Eastman Kodak for 32 years. He retired in 1992. Sid and wife, Sue, have 3 children and 9 grandchildren who they enjoy spending time with. They also enjoy RVing since retirement. Sid and Sue are active members of Mobberly Baptist Church in Longview
Roy started his career with Darr Equipment, later purchased by Holt Cat, after graduating from high school in Yale, Oklahoma. He retired after 45 years as Warehouse Manager. Roy and his wife, Cathy have two sons, Bryan and Brent and two grandchildren. They attend First Baptist Church. Roy enjoys working in his yard, going to estate sales and watching the Dallas Cowboys.
Family Service Administrator - LongviewRead Bio
Carla was born and raised in Longview, where she graduated from Longview High School. After graduation she attended Michael's Beauty School and is a licensed cosmetologist. Carla moved to White Oak in 1978 where she raised one daughter, Julie Allen Groves. She is also mom to her 2 dogs, Little Man & Wolfie. Her son-in-law, Roger Groves, is a Longview fireman. Carla loves being "Granny" to her step-granddaughter Micayla Groves who lives in Gilmer. Some of her hobbies include sewing and working in the yard. Most of all she loves being around her family and friends.
Weekend receptionistRead Bio
Margaret has lived in Longview all of her life. She has two sons and daughter-in-laws and two gradnsons and granddaughters which are very dear to her heart! Also, a dachshund named Hank. She opened "Weddings of Distinction" 38 years ago and did complete wedding for a lot of families. Now she only does wedding, groom and speciality cakes. A national cake decorating magazine has had featured articles and pictures of her designed cakes. She opened up her own flourist - "Flowers of Distinction" for a few years and then sold. She helped open and design "Books & Coffee" a unique used book store until she came to Rader's. She loves working at Rader's, helping families. Her hobbies include Floral and cake decorating and sailing has always been a large part of her life that she enjoys very much. Due to her work schedule she attends OHBC and Mobberly and loves both.
Manager East Texas CrematoryRead Bio
Todd is a native of Longview and graduated from Pine Tree High School and Kilgore College. He has been a member of the Rader Funeral Home team since 1982. He is the manager of East Texas Crematory. Todd enjoys yard work, home improvement projects, music, and reading.
Funeral Director - HendersonRead Bio
Mike was born and raised in Henderson, and was a 1968 graduate of Henderson High School. He attended Kilgore Jr. College and Stephen F. Austin University. Mike was a 1976 honor graduate of the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science. He has served as a director on the East Texas Funeral Director’s Association. Mike has worked in radio broadcasting for 25 years announcing the Henderson Lion’s football, basketball, and baseball games. Mike is also a licensed airplane pilot. He is married to Beverly Baughman who is the curriculum director at Henderson Middle School. The Baughman’s attend Calvary Baptist Church, where Mike sings in the choir. Mike and Beverly do catering as a hobby along with enjoying time with their three Jack Russell Terriers.
Brian A . Fisher
Funeral Director - HendersonRead Bio
Brian was born in Colorado and raised in Oklahoma. After graduating from Keyes High School in 2003, he attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University and also Oklahoma Panhandle State University. Brian enjoys all sports, including fishing and spending all free time with friends and family.
Pre-Arrangements/Aftercare - HendersonRead Bio
Dennis was born in Texarkana, Texas, was raised in Hooks, Texas and was a 1968 graduate of Hooks High School. A graduate of Trinity Valley Community College, Southern Arkansas University, Dennis received his Master’s Degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1983. He has 18 years experience in the ministry at Henderson’s First Baptist Church while serving 21 years in education and coaching. He is married to Jody McCauley Rivers who teaches in the Business Technology department at Henderson High School. The Rivers have one son, Kirkland, a 2011 Texas A&M graduate who also spent 4 years in professional baseball. The Rivers attend First Baptist Church where Dennis serves as a Deacon. Dennis enjoys playing golf, watching baseball, and spending time with family.
William H. Brown
Funeral Director - HendersonRead Bio
Born 3-2-49 in Henderson. Graduated from Henderson High School in 1967. Attended Kilgore Jr. College. Graduated from Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science & Gupton Jones in September, 1970. Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in the State of Texas since that time. Graduated from East Texas Police Academy in Kilgore in 1973. Spent 52 months with the City of Henderson Police Department and joined Rusk County District Attorney’s Office as Investigator in September 1977. Still employed by Rusk County DA’s Office. Graduated from FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia in December, 1981. Currently Assigned to East Texas Violent Crime Task Force through the FBI in Tyler, Texas. Member and Past President of Henderson Noon Lions Club. Melvin Jones Fellow from Henderson Lions Club. Member Rusk County Chamber of Commerce and named Henderson’s Outstanding Young Man in 1983. Named Investigator of Year for Texas District and County Attorney’s Association in 2006. Member of East Texas Chapter of Texas Association of Sports Officials as a Football Official since 1982. Member and Men’s Sunday School teacher at Henderson’s First Baptist Church.
Married to Sharon Ramsey Brown since 1969. three married daughters, Traci Cummings of San Antonio, Lori Moores of Henderson and Adrianne Yantis of San Antonio. 5 grandchildren. Enjoys traveling, fishing, golf, yard work, and of course, grandchildren.
Receptionist - HendersonRead Bio
Jessie Barnes was born in Henderson to Nimrod and Pauline McKinney. She Attended Henderson High School and was married to the late Dwight Barnes. Jessie worked for KWRD Radio for 30 years and attends First Baptist Church of Henderson. She has one son, Aaron Barnes and his wife Tonya: three grandchildren, Morgan, Megan and Mindy Barnes: and two step grandchildren, Kami and Dakota.
Rosewood Park Office ManagerRead Bio
New to the Longview area, Theresa brings fourteen years of administrative experience in the Funeral and Cemetery industry to Rosewood Park Cemetery. She and her husband Jay, have four children (Brittany, Caitlin, Coby, and Austin.) and one grandchild on the way. Together, they love being outdoors and traveling. In her free time Theresa enjoys biking, gardening, and spending time with her family. email@example.com
Johnny Greathouse, CPC
General ManagerRead Bio
Johnny is an East Texas native growing up in the Kilgore/Longview area. He is a graduate of both Kilgore High School and Kilgore College with a degree in General Business Studies. After college, Johnny began his career in the funeral industry in 1998. Since 1998, Johnny has continued his education and training by taking various courses of study. In addition to his training, Johnny has served on a preneed funeral advisory board. Johnny and his wife, Andrea are proud parents of their daughter Hannah. In his spare time, he enjoys being active, spending time with family and friends, and volunteering.
The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) has awarded the nationally recognized Certified Preplanning Consultant (CPC) designation to Johnny.
Pre Need CounselorRead Bio
Jim grew up in Roswell, New Mexico and graduated from Roswell High School. After high school he attended and graduated from Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA with a degree in Church Music. He spent 22 years in full-time Christian ministry and has spent the last 16 years helping familes as a prearrangement specialist. He and his wife of 38 years, Renee are the parents of three adult children, Laura, James and Daniel and two grandsons, Matthew and Wyatt. Jim and Renee attend the Grace Community Church in Tyler, TX. He enjoys golf, fishing, hunting and cooking.
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Funeral Directors Assistant