GREENWOOD, S. C. – The husband of a South Carolina woman whose body authorities said was left in a funeral home to rot for almost three years, said he can’t stop thinking about how bad she was treated in death.
A grand jury indicted two men — Lawrence Robert Meadows and Roderick Mitchell Cummings — violation of human remains after prosecutors said she left Mary Alice Pitts Moore in unrefrigerated rooms under the blankets and surrounded by air fresheners in almost three years at the First Family Funeral Home locations, first in Greenwood and later in Spartanburg.
Arrest warrants against the men, said Fred Parker Jr. and his family money for Moore’s funeral, so that they do not cremate her remains and return them as requested.
But Parker told The Index-Journal of Greenwood, that he spoke to the people at First Family Funeral Home after his wife is March 2015 death and never heard from them again after her body was prepared for a visitation for a Celebration of Life service.
“I never get to see them no more, from the first day on day two. All he did was take $1,100. My daughter said she gave him $300 and I knew nothing about this until this came up. He has never try to contact me or something, nothing,” Parker told the newspaper.
Meadows and Cummings, each 40, face from one to 10 years when sentenced. Parks has also sued them in civil court, along with the First Family Funeral Home and two other employees. The funeral home has lost its license, according to state records.
Meadows lost his personal funeral license in April 2015 in a non-related fraud, and Cummins has never had a South Carolina funeral license, according to state records.
“We live in a day in time. I will be glad when this is over,” Parks said. “I will be glad when it’s all behind us. We have been struggling. Emotionally, I’m not right in the head no more.”
Parks said he is still dealing with the funeral home the treatment of his late wife in a way that most people would not treat a dog.
“I’m still toting a picture of her in my wallet. I had to stop watching. She was a good woman. That is all I can say,” he said. “Man, if I could get her back, o Lord. That is my heart. That is my heart.”
Information from: The Index-Journal, http://www.indexjournal.com