The Heritage Funeral Home in Catoosa County, Ga, is in hot water for the way they treated a veteran. Family members of George Taylor shared pictures of the veteran’s body displayed on a gurney with a flag draped on top. There was no coffin for the visitation due to a dispute.
The veteran’s family claims the Heritage Funeral Home in Fort Oglethorpe refused to put Taylor in a casket because of problems with the life insurance payment. The family claims the life insurance company would not disperse a check until they receive a death certificate. After receiving the death certificate, the family claims the life insurance company overnighted the check to the funeral home, yet the funeral home refused to work with the family.
Taylor’s son, James Taylor, says they were given little to no notice prior to the visitation of the problem. He says he and another family member agreed but felt it was a disgrace to his father. He also claims the funeral home refused to bury his father until they received payment.
“They came to me and told me that unless than nine thousand dollars were paid, they couldn’t put him into the ground at the military thing, he would have to sit in the freezer until we paid it or the insurance come through.” – James Taylor.
News Channel 9 (local media) spoke to funeral home representatives. They claimed they did what the family asked, and said they did nothing wrong:
“We were trying to honor the request and let them have some closure by viewing their loved one. We serve this community. We love the community. we serve this community in everything we do.” – David Cummings
The funeral home said since the photo was shared on social media, they’ve been receiving threats from the community.
The funeral home and the family came to an agreement before Friday afternoon’s service. Taylor was placed in a coffin in time for the service and the burial. As word got out and Taylor’s funeral procession to the Chattanooga National Cemetery got underway, some people who got word of the story on social media made a point to pay him tribute:
Source: ABC 6
George Taylor being escorted to final resting place at Chattanooga National Cemetery. pic.twitter.com/xqKcTcejYH
— Alyssa Spirato (@ASpiratoNC9) May 12, 2017