Meet Our Staff

Our staff provides excellent funeral planning services.

We have years of experience caring for families from all walks of life, cultures and faiths. Our unsurpassed staff and our family provide kind, caring, professional service. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession who are dedicated to excellence in service, adhere to the highest funeral industry standards, and have exceptional integrity. We consistently earn phenomenally high customer satisfaction survey results.

Our licensed, professional staff is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 504-835-2341 anytime. We will even come to you to make arrangements in the comfort of your home.

Prompt, compassionate service is always just a phone call away, where and when you need it.


Bill Baird

Bill Baird

Funeral Director/Embalmer

 William (Bill) Baird, Jr. is the past president of the New Orleans Funeral Directors Association and has 50 years of experience in helping families make final arrangements for their loved ones.  He is a graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Dallas, Texas. He is involved in many civic associations in his hometown of Slidell, Louisiana, including the Krewe of Dionysius.


Telephone: 1-985-707-4463

Email: bill.baird@carriageservices.com


Billy Henry

Billy Henry

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Billy C. Henry is the managing partner of Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp and has just marked his 38th anniversary with the company and 45 years funeral service. He is an adjunct professor of Mortuary Science at Delgado Community College in the Funeral Service Education Department.  His civic involvement includes past leadership positions in NO/AIDS Task Force, United Services for AIDS of New Orleans, Hospice Foundation of Greater New Orleans, Shelter Resources and the Belle Reve Home.  Henry is co-founder of the “Friday Night Before Mardi Gras” charity organization, and is a longtime member of the Steamboat Club of New Orleans as well as the various National, State and local funeral directors associations.

Telephone: 1-504-400-3334

Email: billy.henry@carriageservices.com


Kelly Porte

Kelly Porte

Funeral Director

Kelly Porte has 25 years of experience in funeral service with the last fifteen years at Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home. She brings her vast knowledge of serving customers as they make end of life decisions for themselves or loved ones. She holds a degree in Mortuary Science from Delgado Community College. Her involvement in the community includes membership in the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce and is a volunteer at East Jefferson General Hospital. 


Telephone: 1-504-908-1748

Email: kelly.port@carriageservices.com


Stephen Sontheimer

Stephen Sontheimer

Funeral Director/Consultant

Stephen L. Sontheimer is a 4th generation funeral director/consultant whose career has spanned over 50 years of service to families of greater New Orleans. He has been recognized for his leadership in the business, arts, religious and social service communities and for his work in fostering death education. He is a former member and past President of Louisiana Young Presidents Organization and has served on many community boards including Touro Infirmary and LCMC Health, The Archbishop’s Community Appeal Executive Committee, the Contemporary Arts Center and is a former board president of the Jewish Family Service. He was a founder and original board member of Hospice New Orleans.


Telephone: 1-504-228-2426

Email: stephen.sontheimer@carriageservices.com


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