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Our Staff

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Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

Joe Jackson, Jr.

Joe Jackson, Jr.

President

Joe Jr. is the 3rd generation of the Jackson Family to proudly work in the funeral industry.  Born in 1956 to Joe and Mary Therese Jackson, he is the eldest among his siblings, Celeste (Bill), Mark (Jamie), and Tim.  He attended parochial schools until 1973. He left St Joseph's Academy after it closed and attended J. W. Nixon High School where he graduated in 1974.  After graduation he attended: Laredo Junior College now Laredo Community College, Texas A&I now Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas A&M University in College Station then went on to Commonwealth College of Mortuary Science in Houston and graduated in 1978.  Upon returning to Laredo he continued to attend classes at Texas A&I while working full time.  In 1978 he passed his mortuary boards and after completing his apprenticeship under his father he received his Funeral Director's License in 1979 and his Embalmer's License in 1980.  Today he serves as President of Joe Jackson Funeral Chapels and actively sustains his Funeral Director's/Embalmer's License.

In 1980 Joe Jr. married his high school sweetheart Elvira Campos.  Together they have 5 children: Joseph III (Monica Castro) and their children, Haley, Joseph IV & Jordan; Ellese (Hector Velasquez) and their children, Diego Andres and Amelie; Samantha (Doug Russell) and dog, Disco; Kathleen and Zachary.  Joe Jr.'s eldest children, Joe III and Ellese have become the 4th generation of Jacksons to follow in the family tradition.  Joe III received his Mortuary Degree in 2002 and Ellese graduated from Texas State University in 2006 and earned her Funeral Director's License while working full time as Comptroller of Joe Jackson Funeral Chapels.  Samantha graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008 with a B.S. in Biology and is currently working as a Certified Speech Language Pathologist in Lubbock, Texas. Kathleen graduated with a B.S. in Biology at the University of Texas at Austin and is currently enrolled in the University of West Virginia's Pharmacy Program. The youngest of the family Zachary is still attending High School and is a Cross Country Athlete.

In his free time, Joe Jr. enjoys many sports activities mainly golf and working with his audio equipment, music is his ultimate guilty pleasure.

Telephone: 1-956-722-8850

Email: jjacksonjr@joejacksonfuneralchapels.com


Joseph M. Jackson, III

Joseph M. Jackson, III

Funeral Director

Joseph Michael Jackson, III, is the eldest grandson of Joe and Mary Therese Jackson, Sr., the founders of Joe Jackson Funeral Chapels, Inc., and eldest son of Mr. Joe and Elvira Jackson, Jr.  The founder of H L Jackson (Downtown) is his great-grand-father; making him the 4th generation of Jacksons to be licensed funeral directors in the state of Texas.

Joseph attended Ursuline Elementary where he was an altar server for school masses as well as served for St. Patrick Catholic Church.  At a very young age, Joseph volunteered his time at the funeral chapels.  This is where he first developed an interest in the mortuary industry. During his earlier years in life, he excelled in sports and played Varsity Tennis for four years, ultimately helping his team win district for each consecutive year. He received MVP his Junior year of high school and graduated from United High School in 2000. He continued his education at the Laredo Community College where he obtained his basics before going to San Antonio's College of Mortuary Science.  There, he graduated with an Associate's Degree in Applied Science.

Once he returned to Laredo, Joseph along with his father and co-workers began to generate ideas to expand the family business, such as the new addition to the Jackson Funeral Chapels located on Jacaman Road.

Today, Joseph is one of the friendly funeral directors of Joe Jackson Funeral Chapels, Inc. along with his sister Ellese, both of whom aspire to continue the family tradition of serving the families of Laredo during their time of need.

When he is not directing a funeral, embalming or finalizing future funerals, he enjoys spending time with his family, which include his lovely wife, Monica Castro-Jackson; children: Haley, Joseph Michael IV, and Jordan as well as playing various sports including fantasy football.

Telephone: 1-956-722-0001

Email: jjackson3@joejacksonfuneralchapels.com


Ellese Jackson-Velasquez

Ellese Jackson-Velasquez

Funeral Director

Ellese Jackson-Velasquez is the eldest daughter of Joe and Elvira Jackson, Jr. and is also the eldest granddaughter of Joe and Mary Therese Jackson, Sr. the founders of Jackson Funeral Chapels.  H. L. Jackson, the founder of Jackson Funeral Home (Downtown) would be her great-grandfather making her the 4th generation of Jacksons in the funeral industry here in Laredo.

Ellese attended local parochial schools and graduated from St. Aug. in 2002.  She continued her education and attended: Laredo Community College, University of Texas at San Antonio, and Texas State University where she graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications.  She returned to Laredo and joined the Administrative branch of Joe Jackson Funeral Chapels where through dedication and hard work she now holds the hectic position of Comptroller for the Funeral Chapels overseeing the family's three Funeral Chapels: Heights, North, and Springfield. 

She earned her Funeral Director Certificate from Amarillo College and finished her Apprenticeship in 2013, having been granted her Funeral Director License #115780 in October 2013. 

Ellese is married to Hector Velasquez and together have two adorable children, Diego & Amelie. She gracefully balances the challenges of motherhood and work and still finds time to devote to yoga, Diego's after school activities and when it's quiet, read a book or two.

Telephone: 1-956-722-8850

Email: ejackson@joejacksonfuneralchapels.com


Samuel Villegas

Samuel Villegas

Funeral Director

Samuel is the youngest son of Mr. & Mrs. Raul and Hortencia Villegas. He was born and raised in Laredo, Texas among his five siblings: Irma Butron, Raul, Gerardo "Jerry", Eduardo "Eddie", and Javier "Javi" Villegas.

He began working with Joe Jackson Funeral Chapels when he was 16, working as a funeral service and maintenance assistant. He always looked up to his older brother, Raul Villegas, who was a funeral director/embalmer and whose inspiration led Samuel to earn his degree in Mortuary Science. He entered the Houston Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in 2003 earning his Associate's Degree in 2004 and became a full fledged Licensed Funeral Director.

When Samuel is not managing employees at all 3 of our locations, he's an active member of Christ Worship Center. He is married to Ana Alicia Villegas (nee Vela) and together have four adoring children: Samantha Lizette, Sonia Alexis, Samuel "Boy" Jr., and Saul. Samuel is a sports fanatic, and always looks forward to cooking outside and inviting friends and family over for a barbeque. He has a passion for technology and is always striving to learn all the new and exciting techniques for today's gadgets.

Telephone: 1-956-722-8850

Email: svillegas@joejacksonfuneralchapels.com


Manuel de Jesus Osorio

Manuel de Jesus Osorio

Funeral Director

Manuel was born on September 2, 1983 to Mr. & Mrs. Manuel G. Osorio. He is the oldest of two. His younger brother works for the Department of Homeland Security.

Manuel has always had a passion for music and the fine arts and currently volunteers his time by serving as the organist for San Agustin Cathderal in historic downtown Laredo, as well as by volunteering his time at any place of worship he is invited too.  Being the historian that he is at heart, Manuel has a passion for the people of Israel and a fan of religious studies.  He also attends Congregation Agudas Achim Friday evenings and is learning more about the Hebrew traditions.  He received his Non-Denominational Minister's License in 2005 and serves our client families when they request a minister or when they have no religious affiliation.

He was recently appointed (August 2014) as President of Neighborworks Laredo, Home Ownership Center Board. Amongst his many talents, Manuel loves to volunteer at various civic and religious events and organizations. Manuel also enjoys spending his evenings reading, listening to music, and tuning into the wonderful world of Disney Animations.

Manuel is a graduate of Amarillo College. He has been licensed since 2009 and serves our families primarily at our Heights location which he finds comforting and soothing. Not only does he serve as a Funeral Director but he oversees our Pre-Arranged or Pre-Need Department and acts as our Public Relations Specialist when it comes to local school career days or workshops. Whether working on a funeral, pre-needs or to simply have a cup of coffee, Manuel is always looking forward to client interaction.

Telephone: 1-956-722-0001

Email: mosorio@joejacksonfuneralchapels.com


Lissette N. Adriano

Lissette N. Adriano

Administrative Secretary

Ms. Lissette Adriano has been with our firm for over 8 years. She is mother to her beautiful daughter Giovanna, who are both futbol or soccer fanatics. Lissette actively participates in the education and extracurricular activities of Giovanna. She is our North Chapel's main secretary and you can rest assured that she provides top quality service to our families through attention to detail in her craft.

Telephone: 1-956-722-8850

Email: ladriano@joejacksonfuneralchapels.com


Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

Administrative Secretary

Ms. Michelle Williams has been with our firm for over 8 years. Michelle has a handsome young boy, Joseph who is her pride and joy. She is currently attending Texas A&M International University where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in Psychology. Michelle is an active supporter of Mental Health Awareness especially those activities dealing with A.D.D. & A.D.H.D. She bleeds Carolina blue (U.N.C. Tarheels) and shares this passion of basketball with her son, and also enjoys music and art as a past time. She is a licensed Pre-Need Agent and is part of the firm's Pre-Need team. Michelle is our Heights Chapel main secretary where you can find her adding personal touches to memorials and assisting funeral directors.

Telephone: 1-956-722-0001

Email: mwilliams@joejacksonfuneralchapels.com


Cristina Ortiz

Cristina Ortiz

Administrative Secretary

Cristina Ortiz is a graduate of J. W. Nixon High School and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in Psychology and Minor in Forensics from Texas A&M International University in May of 2013. She hopes to pursue her Medical Degree in Interdisciplinary Medicine in the near future. While she continues her education, she is vital in assisting our office in the production of most every funeral service. She is a perfectionist when it comes to excellent quality and makes for a perfect fit at our firm.

Telephone: 1-956-722-8850

Email: cortiz@joejacksonfuneralchapels.com


Diana Diaz

Diana Diaz

Administrative Secretary

Diana recently graduated from Early College High School and excelled in being concurrently enrolled in school and working part time at the office where she is the youngest on the team! She is currently attending Texas A&M International University and strives to obtain her Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in Criminal Justice. She is the proud mother of her first born, Damian, whom she adores unconditionally. She works tirelessly to provide for her family and for our client families as well. Diana has such a great passion for providing quality service that she is currently endeavoring to become a full-fledged licensed Funeral Director. On her down time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her loved ones.

Telephone: 1-956-722-0001

Email: ddiaz@joejacksonfuneralchapels.com


Jose Rodriguez

Jose Rodriguez

Funeral Director's Assistant

Mr. Jose Rodriguez is the most senior member of our support staff. He began his career in 1985 with Mr. Joe Jackson, Sr. as the President of the firm. He has seen many faces come and go during his tenure. "Joey" as he is affectionately known is a vital support asset to our team. He is the first to arrive each morning and prepare for the day's services. He specializes in the art of making the most delicious pot of coffee in the funeral industry. He is married and has 3 children and 2 grandchildren. Joey is a history buff and can recount stories from our firm's history that help us understand how far along we have come in the industry.

Telephone: 1-956-722-0001


Guadalupe Mata

Guadalupe Mata

Maintenance

Mr. Guadalupe Mata is the head of our maintenance staff for the 3 locations. He enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his wife and 2 children.

Telephone: 1-956-722-8850


Frank Gomez

Frank Gomez

Funeral Director's Assistant

Mr. Frank Gomez and his brother Jose Gomez are both an essential part of our evening and funeral staff. Arguably the most hardworking member of the Joe Jackson Staff, Frank has can be found assisting the funeral directors in every capacity and traversing the streets of Laredo accomplishing arduous tasks. He is a wonderful cook who also runs a catering business in his off time. His expertise in management and dedication to his work are top notch!

Telephone: 1-956-722-0001

Email: fgomez@joejacksonfuneralchapels.om


Jose Gomez

Jose Gomez

Funeral Director's Assistant

Mr. Jose Gomez has been employed with our firm for over 5 years. He and his brother, Frank Gomez are Joe Jackson Funeral Chapels greatest assets. He and his wife Mayela are proud parents of 5 children. Joe enjoys assisting our families during their time of need with years of experience and valuable knowledge of funeral proceedings.

Telephone: 1-956-722-0001

Email: jgomez@joejacksonfuneralchapels.com


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