History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

On Sunday, May 18, 1997, the Mabrie Memorial Mortuary officially opened its doors with a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Exquisitely designed in Egyptian decor, the mortuary presents an innovative approach to providing memorial services for bereaved families.

Located at 5000 Almeda in the historic Third Ward/Museum District and business community, the building was initially constructed in early 1951 as the Caloudas Building and then later known as the Riverside Medical and Professional Building, which housed several local prominent physicians and doctors. The building also accommodated several local real estate, architectural and engineering firms until late 1984. It remained vacant until it was purchased by Dr. Herman Mabrie in 1993 with construction beginning in 1995.

“The Mabrie Memorial Mortuary is a symbol of the combined efforts of many individuals of the Greater Houston and Third Ward communities,” commented Dr. Mabrie, one of the owners of the mortuary.

Mabrie further stated, “The construction and completion of the Mabrie Memorial Mortuary attributes to the commitment and devotion of their creative vision. Their contributions enhance the meaning and personification of community and corporate partnerships and their dedication to the economic prosperity of our community.”

The mortuary is a true visual testimony of African American culture. It was designed by Archi*Technics/3 Inc., which is a multi-disciplined full-service architectural firm with over 50 years of collective experience ranging from building design and construction management, to interior space planning.  

The facility is also beautifully graced with artwork from several prominent African American artists including John Biggers, Israel McCloud, Marsha Dorsey-Outlaw, Burford Evans, Helen Joyce Rachal, Kermit Oliver, Joseph Moran, Rhonda Radford, Lionel Lofton, Charles. 

We invite you and your family to experience a different level of service at Mabrie Memorial Mortuary.


Our Valued Staff

Herman J. Mabrie III, M.D.

Herman J. Mabrie III, M.D., Board of Directors

The eldest son born to Herman and Imelda Mabrie, Herman James Mabrie, III was informed at an early age by his mother that he was to become a physician.

Graduating with honors from Kashmere Gardens Jr-Sr High School, after earning his Bachelor of Science Degree from Howard University in 1973, he graduated from Meharry Medical College as a medical doctor..

In 1978, Dr. Mabrie became the first African-American to be accepted and graduate from the Baylor Affiliated Hospitals Otolaryngology Head and Neck program.

While serving his community as an Ear, Nose, and Throat surgeon, in 1991, his sister, Imelda Rose Mabrie Hall passed away. As part of his grieving process, in 1997, Dr. Mabrie became the principal owner of Mabrie Memorial Mortuary.

The mortuary’s mantra of “Caring Professionals In Your Time Of Need” is meant to clarify to families the mortuary staffs’ understanding that losing a loved one is not only serious but also often sensitive, emotional trauma. Most important is that the mortuary staff assists families in a way that minimizes any distraction to the family from their immediate grieving process.

Working with families in addressing their individual grief management, helping the transitioning process for families after losing a loved one, and assisting families with navigating financial versus ceremonial considerations are can-do and must-do areas of excellence for the mortuary staff.

Continuing his active practice of providing ear, nose and throat care to the community, Dr. Mabrie recognizes that no greater privilege exists than being allowed to assist a family in funeralizing their loved one.
Email: hmabrie@mabriemortuary.com


Gerald W. Womack

Gerald W. Womack, Board of Directors

Gerald W. Womack is President/CEO, Womack Development & Investment (WDI), a full-service commercial and residential real estate brokerage firm. Womack Development is a 100% minority-owned company and is a certified Minority Business Enterprise by the City of Houston and State of Texas. Gerald Womack attended the Jesse H. Jones School of Business, Texas Southern University. He has been in business over 40 years. He has worked in many local political campaigns and serves as Campaign Manager for Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee.
Currently, Mr. Womack serves as president of the Houston Black Real Estate Association (HBREA). In August 2013, as a result of Gerald’s outstanding guidance, he received, at the 66th National Association of Real Estate Broker’s Convention, the 2013 Local Board President’s Award.

Additional professional, community leadership accomplishments include: Honoree, 2013 Texas Southern University Legends & Leaders-Business Trendsetter; 2013 World Youth Foundation Community Partner Award; 2013 Texas Lay Organization, Outstanding Service to Our Community Award; Federal Political Coordinator for the National Association of Realtors; National Association of Real Estate Brokers; Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.; Board of Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority of Harris County (MHMRA); Commissioner of the Harris County Housing Authority Member; and many others
Email: gwomack@mabriemortuary.com


Cynthia A. Jones

Cynthia A. Jones, Board of Directors, Funeral Director In Charge

Email: cjones@mabriemortuary.com


Tiffany Vaughner

Tiffany Vaughner, Administrative Assistant