History of Yates Wilbert

Yates Wilbert Vault Company is the industry leader in burial vault manufacturing and related products in Charlotte, NC, and surrounding areas. Yates Wilbert Vault Company is an independently owned franchise of Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc. that has been servicing funeral homes since 1952. Our production standards and service excellence are the most stringent in the industry and customer satisfaction is our main priority.

Areas Served

Yates Wilbert offers burial vaults and creamation urn products to 7 counties in North Carolina: Mecklenburg, Anson, Union, Gaston, Cleveland, Catawba, Lincolnton and 1 county is South Carolina: York.

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Set Up

Yates Wilbert offers the Wilbert Way (WW) burial set up. It consists of an above ground seal and a lowering device, also known as The Wilbert Way Lowering Device.

Grass & Chairs

As part of the standard set up, grass and chairs are available to families at the burial site. 16 folding chairs will typically cover a gravesite area and will be neatly arranged under the tent (if ordered). Yates Wilbert Burial Vault manages the delivery, setup, and removal of the grass and chairs.


A tent is set by Yates Wilbert Burial Vault at the gravesite for funeral services as an additional service. The tent covers the burial area and provides a comfortable place for families to gather during the funeral.


Nameplates give burial vaults a personalized touch. They are a standard feature of Continental vaults and above. For an extra charge, nameplates can be added to the Monticello burial vaults. The nameplate includes the name of the deceased and the birth and death dates.


Yates Wilbert Burial Vault provides cremation set ups for urns and urn vaults. We also offer cremation services. Please contact us for more information.


Yates Wilbert Burial Vault provides disinterment services. Wilbert is fully equipped with "track hoe" tractors which significantly reduce the amount of time needed to prepare a grave. If it becomes necessary to move a vault from one location to another, Wilbert can assist with these services. We handle everything from locating the vault to relocating the vault to a new location.

Vault Transfer

Vault Transfer is a service available between Wilbert franchises and dealers. Yates Wilbert Burial Vault uses the vault transfer service when a burial request has been made outside of the franchise territory. The location of the cemetery is needed to determine the appropriate Wilbert franchise or dealer. Since the services offered by each Wilbert franchise vary, the franchises work together on a per burial basis to determine the services, such as tents, grass, chairs, and grave digging, that each franchise will provide for the burial. Vaults to be transferred out of our service area are subject to different prices. Please contact us for details.

First Responders

When a hero falls, Wilbert is there.

Our “Commemorating First Responders” program provides families of firefighters, law enforcement officers and emergency medical personnel who have died in the line of duty with a tribute worthy of their valor and sacrifice.

At no charge to the family, Wilbert and our licensees donate a customized Wilbert Stainless Steel Triune® burial vault. If the choice is cremation, we offer a selection of four urns, as well as a Stainless Steel Triune urn vault for memorial tribute. If permitted, a WilbertWay® graveside service may also be included.

Join us as we help families honor heroic lives, sacrificed in valiant service to neighbor and community.

Contact your local funeral professional for more information.

Ultimate Service Provider

Wilbert Funeral Service in Chicago (corporate HQ) has awarded Yates Wilbert with "Ultimate Service Provider" for the tenth year in a row.

There are four service levels: Minimum Service, Basic Service, Premium Service, and Ultimate Service Provider. To be classified as an Ultimate Service Provider, one must receive at least 75 points out of 88 points; a higher score is attainable when bonus points are earned for exceptional achievements. Points are collected by category, including tents, chairs, greens, Wilbert Way, lowering device, vaults, employees, and trucks and delivery. Yates Wilbert surpassed the 75 points needed to obtain Ultimate Service Provider. Although we are proud of this accomplishment internally, it pleases us most that local families are the recipients of this service.