County cop turned city's youngest funeral director

A historic funeral home in South City is making history again.Nestled on the corner of Meramec Street and Nebr...

Posted: Feb 20, 2018 6:05 AM
Updated: Feb 20, 2018 6:05 AM

A historic funeral home in South City is making history again.

Nestled on the corner of Meramec Street and Nebraska Ave is where you'll now find Henry Funeral and Cremation Services. The funeral director is Brandon Henry, 32.

"This was actually the oldest funeral home before they closed in the whole city of St. Louis," said Henry. "It just started as curiosity."

His funeral home is where the old Gebken-Benz Mortuary once sat. The building was built in 1906 and the funeral home severed St. Louisans for 131 years.

Henry is the youngest funeral director in St. Louis and the only black funeral director in South City.

"Nobody really wants to talk about the loss of a loved one, but if we can educate people about the importance of what you can do to plan for the inevitable," said Henry.

His curiosity became a calling. Henry was just 17-years-old when he interned at Wade Funeral Home. He later went off to college to study music, became a St. Louis County police officer for 7 years and ended up coming back to the funeral business, a place he felt he could use to give back to his community.

"Death is something that doesn't pass anyone's doorstep, even my own as a funeral director," said Henry. "To be able to make the process as smooth or coordinate the efforts as smooth as possible means a lot to be able to serve people in this capacity."

Since most people don't like talking about death, Henry is exploring having seminars to help families and individuals with pre-needs and estate planning.

With his years in law enforcement and the funeral business, Henry has seen a lot. With St. Louis coming off a violent 2017 with 205 homicides, Henry says he's seeing a trend.

"With the increase of violent crime definitely our clientele here in the city of St. Louis has become a lot younger," said Henry. "Me, being younger person its very unnerving to sit across a family or a mother who has to bury her child. It's not a good feeling, it's not a natural feeling."

By being a young man, Henry hopes he can be an inspiration and help ease the grieving process for families.

Henry says he wants his funeral home to be modern with a strong traditional look too.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 608519

Reported Deaths: 9693
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion840461335
Lake45349684
Allen32803548
Hamilton29394315
St. Joseph27380381
Elkhart24404345
Vanderburgh19411249
Tippecanoe17970138
Johnson15069295
Porter14783169
Hendricks14401248
Madison10965221
Vigo10726181
Clark10677144
Monroe9383110
Delaware9116134
LaPorte9065163
Howard8236144
Kosciusko806983
Warrick672999
Hancock6697104
Bartholomew6484100
Floyd6428110
Wayne6136162
Grant5991115
Dubois555579
Boone551168
Morgan541295
Henry507864
Marshall503984
Cass483263
Dearborn479845
Noble473059
Jackson425047
Shelby417581
Lawrence391079
Clinton373043
Gibson370359
Harrison348144
DeKalb347164
Montgomery345754
Knox335639
Miami321444
Steuben313745
Whitley307326
Wabash303251
Adams300936
Ripley298445
Putnam296850
Huntington291659
Jasper289034
White273243
Daviess270474
Jefferson263338
Decatur247683
Fayette247148
Greene239862
Posey239328
Wells236051
LaGrange228862
Scott225339
Clay222532
Randolph213548
Jennings198936
Sullivan192333
Spencer191321
Washington186423
Fountain184027
Starke175443
Jay167623
Owen165737
Fulton164030
Orange159534
Carroll158015
Rush155118
Perry154229
Vermillion149134
Franklin148333
Tipton132332
Parke13078
Pike116926
Blackford111022
Pulaski97037
Newton90921
Brown88035
Benton86610
Crawford7999
Martin73713
Warren6817
Switzerland6615
Union6287
Ohio4907
Unassigned0376

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 859841

Reported Deaths: 10680
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin101171707
Cuyahoga855711125
Hamilton64017448
Montgomery43107418
Summit34836761
Lucas31350625
Butler30973232
Stark25786435
Warren19671140
Lorain19017223
Mahoning17321338
Lake16080154
Clermont15926111
Delaware1438878
Licking13204137
Trumbull12809316
Fairfield1279381
Greene12055137
Medina11591168
Clark10942265
Wood10348158
Allen9897126
Portage9296109
Miami916873
Richland9139118
Marion7459113
Tuscarawas7381182
Columbiana7327124
Pickaway726150
Wayne7034171
Muskingum703141
Erie6152129
Hancock552390
Ross548998
Scioto539164
Geauga508455
Darke470292
Ashtabula453073
Lawrence452654
Union451828
Sandusky436662
Mercer433589
Seneca430166
Huron428741
Auglaize422264
Shelby421222
Jefferson419269
Belmont416840
Washington388740
Athens38009
Putnam374975
Madison355129
Knox352622
Ashland344938
Fulton338443
Defiance330086
Crawford322374
Preble320637
Brown312921
Logan307332
Ottawa293943
Clinton290143
Williams278667
Highland275118
Jackson263845
Guernsey254125
Champaign252028
Fayette236530
Morrow23234
Perry231318
Holmes225474
Henry218749
Hardin213033
Coshocton205622
Van Wert202245
Gallia196726
Wyandot196051
Pike176217
Adams176115
Hocking172024
Carroll155616
Paulding144321
Noble120540
Meigs108624
Monroe100732
Harrison89121
Morgan83130
Vinton70213
Unassigned00
Fort Wayne
Cloudy
28° wxIcon
Hi: 33° Lo: 13°
Feels Like: 19°
Angola
Cloudy
25° wxIcon
Hi: 30° Lo: 12°
Feels Like: 15°
Huntington
Cloudy
27° wxIcon
Hi: 33° Lo: 11°
Feels Like: 20°
Fort Wayne
Cloudy
28° wxIcon
Hi: 33° Lo: 13°
Feels Like: 19°
Lima
Cloudy
26° wxIcon
Hi: 33° Lo: 15°
Feels Like: 16°
Light Snow Sunday
WFFT Radar
WFFT Temperatures
WFFT National

Community Events