James Hines – Cave Funeral Home Loses License For Cutting Off Deceased Legs!

June 5, 2009

There is no excuse…NONE!

That’s what the South Carolina Board of Funeral Service said through their vote to revoke the funeral home’s license. arthineswjbf

In a story reported earlier (here), the family of James Hines felt that there was something wrong with the service and burial of their loved one.  It had been reported that Hines body had been desecrated – legs cut off – in order to make his 6 ft. 7 in. frame fit in the casket.   Originally the allegation was denied, but after review the facts came to the surface.

Funeral Director Michael Cave admitted that he and Charles G. Cave, an unlicensed worker, carried out the proceedure.  The removed Mr. Hines legs between the ankle and calf with an electric saw and placed them along side the coffin.

A News 12 interview just added to the shock of the situation:

News 12’s Lynnsey Gardner speaks with the whistle blower and the accused.

Chopping off a dead man’s legs with an electric saw; it’s what Charlie Cave admits to doing and he tells News 12 he has no regrets.

“I have nothing to hide. “ Charlie Cave answering few questions about why he cut off James Hines legs with an electric saw, an act the funeral home admitted to the State Board of Funeral Service Monday.

Caves, “Nothing but the truth.“
Gardner, “ Do you have any regrets about anything?“
Caves “Ain’t worried about a thing.“
Gardner, “Any thing to say to the Hines family?“
(Caves Shrugs)

No words offered to a family who’s loved one was mutilated by the business both paid and trusted to care for him.

By revoking Cave Funeral Home’s license – they are forced to close.  In addition to the revocation, Cave was also fined $500 and ordered to pay $1,500 for the investigation.  Prosecutors are considering whether to seek criminal charges which could result in up to 10 years in prison.  Local opinion seems to favor prosecution so that a message will be sent that desecrating a body is unacceptable behavior by funeral service providers.



Funeral Funding Using Insurance Assignments Made Easy – Funeral Homes Should Not Be Banks!

May 21, 2009

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As funeral directors and/or death care providers the family comes to expect, especially in this day and age, expert service.  What the family may be unprepared for is the immediate need for payment for the goods and services that funeral professionals provide.  On the other hand, unless the family can pay with cash, a valid check or major credit card – you, the funeral service provider, are relegated to becoming a bank.

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Dancing, Waving Wand, and Throwing Flowers – Nicole Marie-Loretta Leonard Admits to Disrupting a Funeral in SC

April 13, 2009

It’s the last opportunity that many have to pay respects to the newly and dearly departed.  Most expect that those in attendance care about the deceased, the family of the deceased or have a direct connection.  What people – reasonable people – don’t expect is that there will be a funeral crasher.  They especially don’t expect it in a sleeply little South Carolina town – the town of Gray Court.  But little did anyone know that as the funeral was taking place, the spirit would hit Nicole Marie-Loretta Leonard from North Carolina to – well crash the somber service.

According to a report from WYFF.com:

A woman who says she had no connection to a funeral danced in front of the service, waved a wand over the casket, opened it and touched the deceased man and then threw the flowers from the casket at the family, deputies said.

Laurens County deputies responded to reports of a disturbance at the Church of God in Gray Court on Tuesday. Those attending the funeral said that the woman had joined the procession. They said once they were seated inside the church, the woman then danced in front of them near the casket. They said after she waved the wand over the casket and had touched the deceased man, she hit him in the head with the wand.The family said after the woman threw the flowers from the top of the casket at them, she drove off in a burgundy Toyota with North Carolina plates.

When that was aired on the news it stunned those who watched.  What would motivate such behavior?  Surely the reporter must have been mistaken or perhaps the deceased had a hidden side that would have caused such an outburst.  No.  Again according to the WYFF report:

Deputies pulled the vehicle over on Interstate 385. They asked the driver, 25-year-old Nicole Marie-Loretta Leonard, about the funeral, and they said she admitted to doing everything the witnesses in church said she did.

Deputies said Leonard told them she behaved the way she did because she “felt it was the right thing to do at the time.” She said she was driving through the area from North Carolina and did not know anyone at the church.

Responses from the funeral:

“Everybody was just kind of flabbergasted, they didn’t know what was going on.”

Perhaps she was influenced by the Ghost Whisperer…?


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