Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

Local News

January 18, 2013

Funeral feud: Deceased departs in U-Haul

 

Cecil Rodgers, 74, of Alvarado, passed away Jan. 6. Friday morning found him resting in a coffin inside a U-Haul truck parked in the driveway of his family’s home awaiting a trip to Cleburne for burial later the same day. 

Explanations of how that came to be differ between a family member and the owner of an Alvarado funeral home.

Annette Rodgers, Rodgers’ daughter-in-law, said Clayton Kay Vaughn Funeral Home in Alvarado asked the family to retrieve Rodgers’ body on Thursday because they did not have the funds to pay. 

Anna Lax, owner of the funeral home, said the family was not upfront about their financial situation with her even after she worked with them and discounted prices.

Rodgers said that, because the family didn’t have the $8,000 to pay for funeral services, the funeral home asked them to pick up Rodgers’ body. Which they did, picking Rodgers up in a U-Haul truck at about 5 p.m. Thursday.

Rodgers said the funeral home required them to have a police escort out of the building.

“We had an escort from two Alvarado policemen,” Rodgers said. “The police met us there. I’ve never heard of anything like this. It just blows my mind. I don’t know how they could have the heart to do this, no telling how many others this has happened to.”

Rodgers, on Friday morning, said the family made arrangements with a funeral home in Hillsboro to handle the burial, which took place about noon in a cemetery near Cleburne.

Lax said several family members were very considerate, but that others “verbally assaulted her” and were not forthcoming concerning their financial situation.

“We picked Mr. Rodgers up [Jan. 6] at his home and I invited the family, three daughters and a son, in the next day to discuss arrangements,” Lax said.

Text Only
Local News
  • heath.jpg Kyle Heath named CISD superintendent

    Cleburne ISD officially has a new superintendent. The CISD board of trustees issued a contract agreement to Kyle Heath at Friday’s board meeting. 

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 65.jpg Gearing up for giving

    Last year’s local response to the thousands affected and displaced by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines was tremendous, said Deeper Life Christian Fellowship Pastor Zane Mitchell and his wife, Thess Mitchell.

    July 25, 2014 3 Photos

  • Joshua woman killed in traffic accident

    A pregnant woman, 19, died Friday morning at a Fort Worth hospital following a Thursday traffic accident.

    July 25, 2014

  • IMG_6911.JPG Construction delayed at Keene Elementary School

    Construction of Wanda R. Smith High School in Keene is almost finished, but the job at Keene Elementary School might not complete until late November.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • IMG_4353.JPG Immigration hot topic at Cleburne Lions Club

    Illegal immigration was the topic of Wednesday’s weekly luncheon of the Cleburne Lions Club. DeWayne Burns, Republican candidate for the state representative District 58 seat, spoke at the meeting. 

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jimmy Neal.jpg Burleson Centennial hires new principal

    Mansfield ISD has lost two of its top officials to Johnson County. Mansfield’s Summit High School Principal Jimmy Neal has been named the Burleson Centennial High School principal.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • IMG_4299.JPG Police chief all wet

    Cleburne Police Chief Robert Severance thought Wednesday morning’s festivities in front of Cleburne City Hall would be restricted to ice cubes.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Amanda__Goshey_DSC_1461.jpg Library earns employee of the quarter honors

    Amanda Goshey’s customer service made her a shoo-in for the Burleson’s second Employee of the Quarter award. The award encompassed nominations from parks, recreation, golf, and the library. Goshey is a reference public services librarian at the Burleson Public Library.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Chesapeake royalty owners lawyer up

    An estimated 180 people turned out on Tuesday evening to hear a Fort Worth attorney tell them how to win back royalties he said Chesapeake Energy Corp. has improperly withheld. 

    July 24, 2014

  • IMG_4279.JPG Cleburne City Council videos to begin soon

    Residents will soon be able to watch video of Cleburne City Council meetings. 

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

Front page
Latest CTR Videos
Facebook
Front page
Front page
Front page
Front page
Front page
Front page
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page
House Ads
Featured Ads
CTR Sports
Follow us on twitter