Brenham Monument

Helping Preserve Family Legacy Since 1956

At Riley-Gardner Memorial we carry the highest quality granite and marble in the industry. All of the monuments that we carry have proven to withstand the outdoor elements and therefore meet our one-of-a-kind guarantee. At each location and funeral home that we serve, there are educated sales representatives who will guide you through the process of memorializing your loved one.

Choosing and Personalizing Your Memorial

When you walk into one of our locations, you can expect a heartfelt greeting from one of our friendly representatives. Time will be spent listening to you tell them about your loved one and finding out how to best serve your memorial needs. Once all options have been discussed, our representatives are trained to assist you in creating a one-of-a-kind monument. Each of our outlet locations are equipped to produce a computer generated proof of your headstone. This proof will be a scaled version of your custom memorial and is key in our mistake proof guarantee. Our representatives and artists specialize in creating all different types of monuments; from general sandblast designs, to laser etchings, to fully sculpted headstones.

Producing Your Memorial

Once these processes are complete, the stone is rolled out into the main production area where a thin layer of glue is applied to the freshly frosted areas. The stencil panels are placed back in the frosted areas from which they were earlier removed, and all of the lines and lettering will then be pulled to leave behind the design which will be cut deeply into the stone. The stone will next be sent through one of our two automated sandblasts. Once this final sandblasting is complete, the stone is pushed into the paint and wash room, where the newly sandblasted lettering and design will be painted. After being painted, the stencil is removed, the stone is washed and pushed out onto the drying rack.

Riley-Gardner Memorial takes pride in producing quality monuments. The production procedures discussed above are known as double processing. Double processing produces the sharpest and longest lasting lettering possible. Not all memorial companies produce this way, and it is very important to know that a single processed stone will fade and flake at a much faster rate.


After you have been presented with the custom design work you have requested and approve the rendering of your memorial we will begin the production phase. Your monument is brought into our manufacturing facility. A special template is cut out of a rubber mat which we call a stencil. The stencil matches the size and shape of the headstone you have selected and will be centered and laid out on the stone. All exposed polished areas that do not receive lettering or design will be covered with patching in order to protect them during the sandblasting process. All of the stencil that makes up the panels around the lettering, emblems, or design work will then be removed and laid aside for later use. At this point, the stone will go into our frosting sandblast where the polish is removed, leaving a bright panel to bring out the lettering and design work. If there are flowers in the design, the stone will then go into our special carving sandblast machine. This sandblast is designed for the artist to shape the flowers with a handheld sandblasting tool.

Riley-Gardner Memorial takes pride in producing quality monuments. The production procedures discussed above are known as double processing. Double processing produces the sharpest and longest lasting lettering possible. Not all memorial companies produce this way, and it is very important to know that a single processed stone will fade and flake at a much faster rate.

Laser Design

Riley-Gardner Memorial has been producing our own laser designed monuments since 2004. Before a lasered monument is created, an image must be input or designed in our computer program. This is a very tedious and time intensive process; however, once our artists have created an image, we can duplicate it as many times as needed. The most common color used for laser etching is Premium Black. Premium Black produces the cleanest laser photos and designs one can find. Other colors, such as Catseye Red and Dark Cloud, have proven to work well with laser; those colors show laser artwork very nicely but are not recommended for laser photos. Laser monuments are becoming more and more common in cemeteries. One question often asked is, “How long will the laser design last?” Laser, like sandblast, puts a break in the polish and exposes the raw stone beneath. The laser heats the stone and removes the polish where sandblast cuts into the stone therefore removing the polish. Unless the monument loses its polish or is re-polished the laser design will last for many years to come.


Once the above preparations are complete, the final stone product is ready for the installation process. We have crews stationed throughout Texas and Oklahoma so that we know that your newly crafted memorial will be guided safely to it final resting place.

What People Say About Us

Client Testimonials

Melvin Steptoe
This company has exceptional customer service and provided my family and I with such great service throughout the years. The staff was easy to get in contact with and they are very professional. Beautiful service. Couldn't ask for more. Thank you all very much.
Misty Burdick
Brenham Monument company is very professional and efficient in their work. They provided many options in all price ranges that allowed our family to make a decision in a marker for our grandparents. The dedication of the staff after hours as well to provide a professional proof and installation far exceeded my expectations. They offered very easy payment options and pay options being remote and out of state. I would recommend them for anyone that is in the planning stances and also after death needs of a marker.
Rebecca Contreras
I am very pleased with Brenham Monument Company they did a great job on how they set my dad's monument.A special thank you to Mrs.Debbie Sander for helping me contact the care giver at the cementary.Your awesome Mrs.Debbie.Let me not forget to mention that the prices are very reasonable .Once again thank you Brenham Monument Company
Jeannie D. Manuel
I would like to thank the entire Brenham Monument Company for a job well done on our monument design and creation for my husband. My daughter and I are very pleased with your outstanding service. We were treated with respect and professionalism on our initial visit to your office, as we discussed and designed the layout of the Monument. We are pleased with the final creation and the set up. Thanks again Brenham Monument Company!!!
Deborah Rhodes
Brenham Monument Company not only did a beautiful job on the monument I ordered, they also completed the job in a timely manner. Charles & Debbie exhibited professionalism, compassion, & patience during the selection process of the memorial marker. I truly appreciate their assistance. Thank you, Brenham Monument Company.
Mikie Greene
Working with this company has been a challenge throughout the entire process. They had to be prompted to send drawings...did not communicate that the order had been placed (just cashed the deposit check) or that the monument had been set(just sent a final bill)...did not reply to emails promply. They also failed to communicate the fact that lettering outside of a text box would not be inked. In summary, customer service and communication is lacking.