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.


Joe Eagan

Joe Eagan

Managing Partner/Funeral Director

Joe Eagan is the managing partner of Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home. He has been active in the funeral industry for more than 12 years and is a life-long resident of the New Orleans area. He is a member of the Louisiana Funeral Directors Association-Southern District and serves as its Sergeant-at-Arms. He is a member of the Jefferson Parish and the New Orleans Chambers of Commerce. Joe earned a business degree from Louisiana State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of New Orleans.

Telephone: 1-504-835-2341

Email: joe.eagan@carriageservices.com


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


Buddy Ewing

Buddy Ewing

Funeral Director

Buddy Ewing is a funeral director and cemeterian, and  has been in the funeral business since 2002.  A native of Gulfport, MS, he has been with Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp since 2015.  He is currently serving as President of the Southern Cemetery, Cremation & Funeral Association. Ewing  is a licensed funeral director, both  in Texas and Louisiana and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from William Carey College.  He and his wife and two children reside in Covington, LA.


Telephone: 1-361-549-2259

Email: buddy.ewing@carriageservices.com


Kelly Porte

Kelly Porte

Assistant Manager/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. She is also a member of the Jefferson Parish Chamber of Commerce.  Mother of Alex and Austin Ryan.   


Telephone: 1-504-835-2341

Email: kelly.port@carriageservices.com


Elizabeth Toombs

Elizabeth Toombs

Administrative Assistant



Glenda Lambert

Glenda Lambert

Administrative Assistant



Janet Wild

Janet Wild

Administrative Assistant



© 2018 Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home. All Rights Reserved. | Privacy Policy | Terms of Service