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Published May 12, 2017

Viral Outcry Over Georgia Veteran’s Visitation Without Coffin

A dispute over a Ringgold veteran’s funeral has gotten the attention of thousands on social media. 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 that happened at Heritage Funeral Home on Battlefield Parkway. As of 1 p.m. on Friday, Ella Moss’s post about this on Facebook has been shared more than 2200 times.

Taylor’s family says Heritage Funeral Home in Fort Oglethorpe GA. refused to put Taylor in a casket because of problems with the life insurance payment.

At first we were okay with it but like I told the guy, I said this was very disrespectful to my dad, said Taylor.

Taylor’s son 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.


The Chattanooga National Cemetery says they reached out to the funeral home this morning after a worker at the cemetery, also a veteran, saw the son’s Facebook post and expressed concern. Director Charles Arnold says he contacted the funeral home and was told Taylor would be placed in a proper casket for the burial.

NewChannel9 reports the funeral home says it was following the family’s instructions and did nothing wrong. 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.

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