In 1915, J.E. Grammier came to Port Arthur as the city’s first mortician. He had a dream of building an institution that would rank high in the minds of his fellow citizens. The Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home of today is the realization of that dream.
In 1943, T.W. Oberle, a part-time employee at the firm, and his wife Florence Bash Oberle, were given the opportunity to buy into Grammier Funeral Home as a partner. Two years later they became the sole owners of the firm, and changed its name to Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home. In 1952, their son-in-law, W.J. Thompson, graduated from Dallas Institute of Funeral Services and joined the family business. In 1954, Oberle’s son, Joe, a lawyer with the District Attorney’s office, joined the family business and served his apprenticeship at the funeral home.
In later years, W.J. Thompson’s two sons, Matt and Kevin, became licensed funeral directors and embalmers, and served the family business until it was sold to an affiliate of Service Corporation International in 1997. Today, Kevin Thompson still serves as a funeral director for the firm, while twelve year employee, Jason Higginbotham, serves as general manager.
Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home upholds a high standard of service, and throughout our history we have continued to lead and innovate while maintaining those high standards set by our founders. Everyone at Grammier-Oberle is proud to uphold this heritage and commitment to our community.