A local group of funeral homes were cited Monday for failure to comply with state regulations.
The Texas Funeral Service Commission issued a cease and desist order to Rix Funeral Directors in Lubbock and Hereford, as well as Franklin-Bartley Funeral Home in Lubbock for violation of Tex. Occ. Code § 651.403 and Texas Administrative Code 203.3, conducting a funeral business without a funeral director in charge.
Texas Funeral Service Commission Legal Assistant, Kathy Sparks verified in a written statement that an establishment "is required to have a licensed funeral director appointed to their funeral home at all times. As of today's date, there is no licensed funeral director at Rix Funeral Directors in Lubbock, Rix Funeral Directors in Hereford nor at Franklin-Bartley Funeral Home."
Sparks said the Commission also issued a cease and desist order to Rix Funeral Directors in Hereford and the Franklin-Bartley Funeral Home for operating with an expired license. According to the Commission, Rix's license expired on October 31, 2012 and Franklin-Bartley's license expired December 31, 2012.
KCBD NewsChannel 11 contacted Franklin-Bartley Funeral Home Manager, George Stevens, who declined to comment.