Southern Funeral Chapel began in 1987 when Edward "Bo" Norman and his daughter-in-law Jane, purchased Abrams Funeral Home. Mr. Bo was a seasoned embalmer who had graduated from the prestigious Cincinnati School of Embalming, and had worked in Houston at both Houston Funeral Home and Memorial Funeral Home. Mr. Bo and Jane began to build a rapport with the community and a reputation of excellence at Southern Funeral Chapel.
In May of 1994, failing health prompted Mr. Bo to decrease his responsibilities, and he sold Southern Funeral Chapel to Harley Langley. Harley had many years experience in retail sales and insurance. With guidance from Mr. Bo, Harley learned the fine points of funeral directing, and is now the patriarch of the Southern Funeral Chapel Family.
The Southern Funeral Chapel family added Renee Davis, daughter of Harley Langley, in 1995. Renee graduated from East Mississippi Community College of Mortuary Science in 1997, becoming Houston's first female embalmer. Renee worked with Mr. Bo until his death in April of 1999. The experience gained from working with such a veteran in the field has proved invaluable to Renee. Sharing his expertise and techniques, Mr. Bo helped Renee become an accomplished embalmer.
The loss of Bo Norman left a void at Southern Funeral Chapel. The flag, which flies daily in front of the building, is dedicated to his memory. Brother Grady Williams stepped in to help as Mr. Bo's health failed, and Brother Grady quickly became a vital member of the Southern Funeral Chapel family, and a dear friend to the Langley family. He fell in love with funeral service and proudly received his funeral director license in 2004. An unexpected illness claimed Grady Williams in death, in April of 2005. His death has affected all who knew him, and his absence at Southern Funeral Chapel is deeply felt.
Today, Southern Funeral Chapel is owned and operated by Renee Davis, and Harley occasionally assists with PR. The entire staff of Southern Funeral Chapel continues to build on that reputation of excellence, working together to serve families in times of deepest need. They are available to preplan funerals, to assist families through the service, and to consult and comfort after death. Renee and Harley with office manager Terri Langley, along with Kathy Black and Brother Lee Dillard provide professional service to families in need.
Through the years some of the faces have changed, but the goal has always remained the same at Southern Funeral Chapel; "Our Family Serving Your Family" is not just a motto, it is our promise.