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.
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 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, Abigail. They attend Lifebridge Christian Center and they enjoy summer vacations, pistol shooting, and other family activities.
Funeral Director - Longview and HendersonRead 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.
Funeral Director - Manager - LongviewRead 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 and they have one daughter Hattie. He also enjoys all type of water sports, hunting, fishing, four-wheeling, and working in his yard. Jonathan is the Manager of the Longview location.
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.
Funeral Director - Longview
Funeral Director - Longview
Office 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.
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.
Administrative Assistant - Longview
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.
Pre Need Counselor Longview and HendersonRead 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.
You can contact Jim by email at - [email protected]
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.
Assistant Manager - East Texas Crematory
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.
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 protected]
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.
Elizabeth is our aftercare followup coordinator.