Who We Are
Our professional staff has years of experience caring for families from all walks of life. We are leaders in our profession, with dedication to service and professional integrity.
When we sit down with a family, our shared goal is to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. We offer them a wide variety of services and products, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions. Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.
This Funeral Home was established in 1962 by Jim & Betty Sterling and their sons, Jim & Ben, in the former residence of Mr & Mrs J.B. Sterling, Sr. Which was built in 1914. On October 25, 1964, the building was razed by fire. Construction began immediately, and on March 6, 1965, the new building was dedicated to the memory of those who in eternal sleep repose therein, and is for the use and comfort of relatives and friends.
Our Valued Staff
Joe Don Raiborn, Managing Partner
Joe Don Raiborn, a native of Pasadena, Texas, joined the Carriage Team in August of 2009 with Sullivan Funeral Home in Marshall before moving to Hillier Funeral Home in Bryan. He received a degree in Science from Tomlinson College, and a diploma of Funeral Science from Commonwealth College of Funeral Science in Houston.
He was an assistant manager/supervisor for funeral homes in both Houston and Nederland, Texas, as well as a safety environmental manager for North Star Steel in Houston. Joe was an active member of the Pasadena Fire Department for nearly 20 years, where he held the offices of Lieutenant, Captain, Training Chief, and Chaplain. He is a licensed minister for the Church of God of Prophecy and has served in the capacity of Pastor and Educational Coordinator. He is a member of Lions Club International and is an Rotarian.
He is currently attending Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston, where he is studying for his Master of Arts in Urban Ministry.
He married his wife, Regina on December 31, 2005, and they are blessed with twin daughters, Jaedon and Kaedon. Regina is a teacher in the public school system. Joe has extended family on the Dayton Police Department as well as extended church family and friends in Liberty County. He looks forward to getting involved in with the Dayton community sports, churches and organizations. Joe and his family are active in First Assembly of God Dayton.
Joe feels a true calling of helping families in their time of loss and need. He believes that his years of service in the Fire Department, Pastoral Care, and Funeral Industry will help lead the Sterling team in reaching the community of Dayton and Liberty County.
Robyn Ming, Office Manager
Robyn lives in Liberty, Texas with her husband, Keith and sons Kody and Kyle. Robyn has resided in the Liberty area for twenty years. She enjoys spending time with her family on the MX Ranch where they raise and show Registered Limousin Cattle. She is very involved in the Liberty FFA, Liberty Young Farmers and the Trinity Valley Exposition where she serves as treasurer. Robyn has been a part of the Carriage Services family for over eleven years, first working for the corporate office in the tax department and now as office manager for Sterling Funeral Homes.
Debbie Arthur, Funeral Assistant
Debbie Arthur of Dayton joined the Sterling family in April 2007 because she loves caring for families and their loved ones in their time of need. She attends Grace Community Baptist Church. Debbie enjoys cooking, spending time with her friends and family (especially her children and grandchildren) which involves watching them play sports and Bronco football.
Josie Medina, Ambassador
Josie joined Sterling Funeral Home in 2007, her loved for her community and caring for those in need during difficult times called her to the funeral home. Josie has been a translater in the area for countless families getting acclimated to the area. She is well known for her involvement at St. Joseph Catholic Church where she serves as an alter server.
Faye Trant, Ambassador
Faye was born and raised in Anahuac. After she retired from Dr. Fanier’s office as his office manager for more than 15 years, she joined Sterling Funeral Home in November 1999 to serve her community, its people and her funeral home. She is a hospital board trustee, a member of A.A.R.P. and Eminence Baptist Church, where she is the cemetery treasurer. In 2007, she was awarded the Citizen of the Year award for Anahuac from the Chamber of Commerce. She enjoys meeting people, helping others and serving her community and church.
Myrtle Albritton, Ambassador
Myrtle joined the Sterling Funeral Home family in December 2004 because she enjoys being with other people. She works at the local thrift shop and is a member of the A.A.R.P. and First Baptist Church in Anahuac. She enjoys going to church, visiting the sick and infirm and gardening.
Earlene Skarpa, Ambassador
Earlene joined Sterling Funeral Home since March 2002 to care for families and their loved ones. She is a retired South Liberty educator and a member of Friends of Jones Public Library. She attends St. Joseph Church and enjoys traveling and gardening.