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Our Staff

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We are proud of our hardworking and dedicated staff.  These are their stories.  Our funeral directors are available to assist you.

Joe Jackson, Jr.

Joe Jackson, Jr.

President/Chairman of the Board

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 and Chairman of the Board 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, Amelie and Katia; Samantha (Doug Russell) and their children Andrew and Elizabeth, as well as their dog, Disco; Kathleen (Jeffrey Davin), and Zachary. 

Joe Jr.'s eldest children, Joe III and Ellese have become the 4th generation of Jackson's 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 San Antonio, Texas, where her husband is a Physician there. Kathleen graduated with a B.S. in Biology at the University of Texas at Austin and subsequently has received her Pharmaceutical Doctorate the University of West Virginia's School of Pharmacy and together with her husband practice in Columbus, Ohio. The youngest of the family, Zachary, is currently employed part time at the funeral home while he completes his collegiate degree.

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

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Ellese Jackson-Velasquez

Ellese Jackson-Velasquez

CFO/CEO/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. 

Currently, she is overseeing the financial and administrative operations of the funeral home as she continues the legacy and tradition of the Jackson family.

Ellese is married to Hector Velasquez and together have three adorable children, Diego, Amelie and Katia. She gracefully balances the challenges of motherhood and work and still finds time to devote to yoga, Diego's after school activities, Amelie's princess phase and the babies growing abilities.  When it is quiet, it is time for her to reflect by reading a book or two or watching a new series on Netflix.

Telephone: 1-956-722-8850

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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, where he obtained his Associate's Degree in Applied Science.

Upon his return 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

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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 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

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Manuel de Jesus Osorio

Manuel de Jesus Osorio

Funeral Director/Pre Need 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 attends Christ Church Episcopal and is currently serving as a member of the church Vestry for a three year term.


He was appointed (August 2014) as President of NeighborWorks Laredo, Home Ownership Center Board and now continues to serve as board member. 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 of Mortuary Science (2009) and Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service (2015). He has been licensed since 2009 and serves our families primarily at our North Chapel. 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.


Currently, Manuel is pursuing his advancement in his career by obtaining his Bachelor's of Science in Funeral Service Management at Mid-America College of Funeral Service (2020) and continuing with his Master's Degree in Business Administration at Ashford University (2021)  in order to fulfill his goal of teaching at a Mortuary School.

Telephone: 1-956-722-8850

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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.  Michelle is our Heights Chapel administrative secretary where you can find her adding personal touches to memorials and assisting funeral directors.

Telephone: 1-956-722-0001

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Claudia Barrera-Aguirre

Claudia Barrera-Aguirre

Administrative Secretary

Claudia is our newest addition to the full time staff.  She is the front office administrative secretary at our Jacaman location. 


Claudia is married and has a family of three wonderful sons.  She is a member of Grace Bible Church and loves to be inspired by the countless stories she hears from the families we serve.


As part of her ministry to the people we serve, she takes charge of creating beautiful tributes for our client families and will continue to help our families after the funeral with important filing of insurance claims and notarization documents.

Telephone: 1-956-722-8850

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Cristina Ortiz

Cristina Ortiz

Executive Assistant to CFO

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

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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 2 locations. He enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his wife and 2 children.

Telephone: 1-956-722-8850


Erika Cavazos

Erika Cavazos

After Care & Pre-Need Specialist

Erika joined our team in February 2020 as our After Care and Pre Need Specialist.  She brings over 5 years of insurance experience and personal funeral service experience.


She enjoys spending time with her beloved family, which include her husband and the love of her life, her son.


She is active in the community with various social organizations and projects.  Erika is truly a gifted person who will help you plan a thoughtful and deserved tribute while giving you and your family peace of mind.

Telephone: 1-956-722-8850

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Frank Gomez

Frank Gomez

Funeral Director Assistant

Mr. Frank Gomez has been with this team for over 5 years.  He handles the staff scheduling for funerals and visitations as well as interviews with potential staff members.   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

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Zachary Jackson

Zachary Jackson

Funeral Director Assistant

Zachary is the youngest son of the Jackson Family.  He is currently completing his Bachelor's Degree and in his free time enjoys working at the funeral home alongside his siblings Joe III and Ellese.

He is a great and avid sports enthusiast and enjoys spending time with his friends while not studying or working.


Ricardo Sosa

Ricardo Sosa

Funeral Director Assistant/Pre Need Specialist

Ricardo is our outside Pre Need Sales Specialist as well as an Assistant during our nightly visitations and services.


He brings his personal knowledge and skills as an agent for over 5 years.


Ricardo can usually be found at the funeral home on weekends helping out and meeting his clients.

Telephone: 1-956-722-8850

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Jesus Balderas

Jesus Balderas

Funeral Director Assistant

Jesus has been with our firm since 2015.  He is a graduate of JW Nixon High School.  


Jesus assists the funeral directors and our families in every capacity during the evening visitations and morning funerals.


He comes with over 9 years of dedicated experience in funeral service,  and is well versed in all aspects of the funeral home and committal services.


Damian Aguirre

Damian Aguirre

Funeral Director Assistant

Damian is our newest associate at Joe Jackson Funeral Chapels.  He is the eldest son of Claudia Barrera-Aguirre, our North administrative secretary. Following his mother's footsteps, he has decided to join our team.


He is starting his Junior year at JW Nixon High School and plans to follow a career in Federal Law Enforcement after graduating.


His passions out of school and work include playing his favorite sports:  football and basketball.


Joanna Leal

Joanna Leal

Service Attendant/Part-Time Secretary

Joanna joined the team in 2019 as a part-time associate both in the office and on funeral services.

She is currently pursuing her Bachelor's in Criminal Justice and is looking for a future within Federal Law Enforcement.

Joanna is a strong willed individual that can accommodate our families and brave any environment and situation she comes across, she is always up for a challenge.


Jennifer Diaz

Jennifer Diaz

Service Attendant/Part-Time Secretary

Jennifer was introduced to the funeral industry by her sister who was employed at our firm.

She has been a valuable asset to our funeral home since 2018.

Jennifer graduated this year from Early College High School and is pursuing her Degree in Nursing at Texas A&M International University.


Melissa Cazares

Melissa Cazares

Service Attendant/Part-Time Secretary

Melissa joined our team in 2019 serving during the evenings and weekends.  She is currently a Medical Assistant for a local physician.  She enjoys spending her time with her children and husband.


Samantha Villegas

Samantha Villegas

Service Attendant/Part-Time Secretary

Samantha joined our team in 2020 and is following in the footsteps of her father, Samuel.

Currently, she has began her  Senior year at Alexander High School and hopes to pursue her Associate's Degree in Mortuary Science after her graduation. She will be continuing the legacy of funeral service established by her father.


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