Crossroads Funeral Home

For more than fifty years, this family-owned funeral home served the surrounding community. To keep costs low for the customer, everything was done in-house including the flowers. They wanted to keep funeral costs low and the services swift. The funeral home promoted an option called fast burial, a service that would bury the deceased in less than a day after their death.

By the early 2000s, rumors began to rumble throughout the community about the owner and his possible shady business practices. Authorities began to look into the business and make unannounced visits to the funeral home. The deeper authorities dove into the funeral records, the more questions arose. Many within the town were shocked when reports surfaced of the owner potentially defrauding the families of the deceased. In 2014, everything came to a crashing halt after news media reported on the owner and his funeral business. After the story aired, more families came forward to local authorities with complaints. An investigation was opened by the state which led to a lengthy indictment from a grand jury.

The result of the indictment was fines and probation for the owner. Although details of the crimes that were committed remain undisclosed, many within the town felt betrayed. Shortly after the investigation ended, the funeral home abruptly closed and has since been left abandoned. Today, the former owner continues to operate a funeral home in a neighboring town, less than a hour away from his former home.

Funeral Home
The small funeral home only has a few rooms; a chapel, a small office, a casket display room, and an embalming room.
Funeral Home
A strong smell of mold greets you as you walk through the front entrance. Water damage has caused the ceiling tiles to begin to fall.
Funeral Home
Magazines and a couple of Bibles, now covered in a layer of dust, are stacked neatly on a coffee table.
Funeral Home
Metal folding chairs remain lined up for the next service.
Funeral Home
Funeral Home
A pair of old gurneys sit in the casket display room. To the left, an old urn rests on a podium.
Abandoned Funeral Home
Funeral Home
Chemicals left in the cabinet inside the embalming room.
Funeral Home
Funeral Home
A case of makeup on a table in the embalming room.

Abandoned Funeral Home

Abandoned Funeral Home

Abandoned Funeral Home

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2 comments

  1. I am astounded that this man is still allowed to operate a funeral home, especially in a near by town. This is absolutely scandalous in my opinion. Doesn’t the state or federal government regulate this industry? I’m just appalled that he can continue to prey on the innocent at such a vulnerable time. I am hoping that someone in the town where he currently operates will see your article & bring it to the attention of others. Thank you for the service you perform.

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    1. The funeral industry is regulated by a State Board comprised of funeral home directors and owners. Often, the only way these things get out is if the news media covers it. In rural areas, it is still all about who you know.

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