History of Wilbert Vaults of Houston

The Wright Burial Vault Company, Inc. was established in 1961 by Clifton L. Wright. Over the first few years the business grew, and in 1965 the Wilbert W. Haase Company granted a license to The Wright Burial Vault Company to produce burial vaults under the Wilbert brand name. At that time, the company name changed to Wilbert Vaults of Houston, Inc.

Throughout the years, the company grew in size, reputation, and in the number of burial vaults manufactured. In 1993 Cliff hired his step son-in-law, Jim Henery, as the General Manager; the intent was that he would learn the business and at a later time possibly take over ownership.

In 1996, the ownership of Houston Wilbert was transferred from Cliff Wright to Jim Henery. Since Jim Henery took ownership, Houston Wilbert has nearly doubled in size and scope. Our first Wilbert Way service took place in 1996, and our first grave was dug in 1998. In late 2003, the opportunity to buy the Wilbert license in Corpus Christi became available. Today the Corpus Christi operation has been successfully integrated into the business.

Jay and Brett, the sons of Jim Henery, are now involved in the day-to-day operations of Wilbert Vaults of Houston, bringing the 3rd generation of family into the business.

>Areas Served

Houston Wilbert offers burial vaults and cremation products to the following counties in Texas: Anderson, Angelina, Austin, Brazoria, Brazos, Cherokee, Colorado, Fayette, Fort Bend, Freestone, Grimes, Harris, Houston, Leon, Liberty, Limestone, Madison, Matagorda, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Trinity, Waller, Walker, Washington, and Wharton.

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Wilbert Way Installation

The purpose of a Wilbert Way Installation is to ensure the vault is sealed properly giving you maximum benefits of the vault. Wilbert Way Installation is a respectful grave side service that consists of an above ground seal over the grave. The family can be present for the sealing and lowering of the vault providing closure and peace of mind. This service provides bottled water, individual tissues, and sand. Additional services available upon request include graveside sign, register stand, and lap blankets.

Set Up

Our graveside set up includes all features of our Wilbert Way Installation, a 15x15 tent with a 7x15 awning and 10 chairs with covers.

Opening /  Closing Grave Service

Wilbert offers grave opening and closing services. This includes our Set Up service.


Wilbert can assist with disinterment. Please call our office for pricing.

Transfer Service

We can assist with arranging burial services, tent, and / or opening and closing in other markets.

First Responders

When a hero falls, Wilbert is there.

Our “Commemorating First Responders” program provides families of firefighters, law enforcement officers and emergency medical personnel who have died in the line of duty with a tribute worthy of their valor and sacrifice.

At no charge to the family, Wilbert and our licensees donate a customized Wilbert Stainless Steel Triune® burial vault. If the choice is cremation, we offer a selection of four urns, as well as a Stainless Steel Triune urn vault for memorial tribute. If permitted, a WilbertWay® graveside service may also be included.

Join us as we help families honor heroic lives, sacrificed in valiant service to neighbor and community.

Contact your local funeral professional for more information.

Ultimate Service Provider

Wilbert Funeral Service in Chicago (corporate HQ) has awarded Wilbert Vaults of Houston with "Ultimate Service Provider" for the tenth year in a row.

There are four service levels: Minimum Service, Basic Service, Premium Service, and Ultimate Service Provider. To be classified as an Ultimate Service Provider, one must receive at least 75 points out of 88 points; a higher score is attainable when bonus points are earned for exceptional achievements. Points are collected by category, including tents, chairs, greens, Wilbert Way, lowering device, vaults, employees, and trucks and delivery. Wilbert Vaults of Houston surpassed the 75 points needed to obtain Ultimate Service Provider. Although we are proud of this accomplishment internally, it pleases us most that local families are the recipients of this service.