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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 7 days a week. Please call 713-521-0066. If needed, we will 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

Ronald Francis Bradshaw

Co-Founder, Deceased 2008

Ronald Francis Bradshaw served his Funeral Director apprenticeship at Geo. 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 red-bricked, 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

Michael “Tripp” Carter

Co-Founder, Funeral Director, Crematory Operator, Prearrangement Counselor

Michael “Tripp” Carter co-founded Houston’s leading 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 creates meaningful funeral and memorial events for Houstonians at a fair and reasonable price. 

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 Chair, Endowment Board of Directors and co-chair, Building Healthy Families Capital Campaign, Legacy Community Health; Member, Board of Trustees, Houston Ballet Foundation; Member, Steering Committee, St Anne Catholic Community Generations of Faith Capital Campaign; Member, Art Advisory Council, The University of Saint Thomas; Past Member, Capital Campaign Steering Committee, Reach Unlimited; Past Member, Capital Campaign Steering Committee, Bering Omega Foundation; Past Vice President, Member, Executive Committee, St Anne Catholic School Foundation Board; Past Member, Selected Independent Funeral Homes Endowment Board.

Tripp is currently a member of the Texas Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.


Ryan M. Hairell

Ryan M. Hairell

Managing Partner

Ryan M. Hairell serves as Bradshaw-Carter’s Managing Partner and oversees the day-to-day operations of the funeral home.

Ryan brings over 25 years of experience in the funeral industry, having worked at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home in Austin, Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, The Settegast-Kopf Co. and Klein Funeral Homes in Houston.

A 1996 graduate of Commonwealth Mortuary Institute, Ryan holds an Associate of Applied Science in Funeral Service degree in both funeral directing and embalming and is licensed in the State of Texas.  He is also a licensed crematory operator in the State of Texas. Ryan is a member of the Texas Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.

In his spare time, Ryan volunteers for a number of organizations including the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, The Woodlands Watch, and various events at his son’s schools. 

Ryan and his wife, Nancy, are the proud parents of two wonderful sons.  He and his family attend St. John the Divine Episcopal Church.

Raymond J. Bradshaw

Raymond J. Bradshaw

Funeral Director, Embalmer, Crematory Operator

Raymond J. Bradshaw, Ron Bradshaw’s brother, leads the embalming and restorative arts services at Bradshaw-Carter Memorial & Funeral Services.

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 of the Texas Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.

He is a member and attends Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

Martha “Marti” (Mrs. Robert L.) Carter

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

Sonja Mitchell

Prearrangement Counselor

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.

Suzanne Smock

Suzanne Smock

Administrative Assistant

Suzanne Smock is Bradshaw-Carter’s administrative assistant and has over eleven year’s administrative experience in the funeral industry in Houston.  Born in a small town in upstate New York in the Catskill Mountains called Port Jervis, her family moved to Houston when she was five years old.

The child of a Holocaust survivor, Suzy graduated from The Hebrew Academy in 1991 and married Brian Smock in 1999.

Suzy is active in the Houston Jewish Community and involved with several children’s charities and organizations such as Boys and Girls Country and Texas Lions Camp for Children.  Outside of work, she loves animals, riding motorcycles, dancing, travel, and spending time with her family and friends.

Sherry Allen

Sherry Allen

Funeral Assistant & Certified Crematory Operator

Sherry Allen is a funeral assistant at Bradshaw-Carter with eight years’ experience working for the firm.  Born in Houston, Sherry graduated from Lamar High School in 2013. 

Sherry plans on attending Mortuary School and getting licensed as both a funeral director and embalmer. 

Outside of work, her hobbies and interests include: movies, reading, traveling, animals, and spending time with family and friends.  She volunteers for both the SPCA and Houston Zoo.

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