A sad, sad tale of a burial gone bad
GALLATIN CO.—Our correspondent is calling it “The Unprofessional Undertaker.” And he wanted you, dear readers, to see it as he did a couple of days ago, unfolding.
He writes to us:
Yesterday (03.15.11) I witnessed a very sad situation that would have angered me to the core if this would have been one of my family members…
Roy Seely, of Shawneetown, a truck driver and very large man passed away and Cox funeral home obviously would never be the place to send your deceased loved one.
I’m sending 5 photos to show you what happens after all the family leaves the grave yard…
While the grave diggers were lowering the deceased into the ground something went wrong and he ended up head first in the hole and was too heavy to be lifted out by hand. The grave diggers were calling friends for help and wondering what to do… Well, (county coroner) Tony Cox’s son (in the black trench coat) arrived shorty after a backhoe was called. The grave hole wasn’t quite big enough so they used a backhoe to lift the dead out of the hole so it could be dug out.
As you can see, this poor guy was dragged out of the hole, turned on his head, then on his side and finally set on the ground beside the hole. Mud covered the beautiful casket and we were all wondering if the door was gonna break open and dump him on the ground. Luckily it remained intact… They finally took some old rags and wiped some of the mud from the casket and managed to dig out the hole and replace him.
In the photos you can see Tony Cox’s son scrambling around trying to supervise the problem. I wonder what the family would think knowing that their love one instead of laying at rest and handled with careful respect had been thrown around inside his casket like a toy.
Tony Cox, the Gallatin County Coroner and friend of Raymond Martin needs a lesson in professionalism. I think I’ll forever identify him as the “Unprofessional Undertaker”……. Poor Mr. Seely!
Wow. And we thought John B. Jones was having problems…..and, from what we understand, Cox and Son had been assisting Jones in an ongoing capacity, at least until Jones was charged with felony counts last year.
Interesting piece; we thank our correspondent for the details.
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