SPARTANBURG, SC – Police have arrested two funeral home owners after the decomposing body of a woman was found in a storage room three years after she was supposed to be cremated.

Family First Funeral Home in Spartanburg, South Carolina is a wacky place. Just ask anyone who works there… if you can find them.

I’m sure they could tell you some stories.

A former employee told one such tale to Spartanburg County authorities. No details have been released about the complaint, but it led to an investigation of Family First by the county coroner’s office and state labor officials.

While searching the Family First facility on Chesnee Highway, officials found the body of 63-year-old Mary Moore, who had died in 2015.

She should have been cremated in 2015 too. That’s how it’s supposed to work.

Apparently, staff ignored the agreement that Moore’s family made with the Greenwood, SC branch of Family First. Rather than cremating her remains, they just covered her with blankets and put her in a storage room at the Spartanburg facility.

And left her there.

When the putrefaction got malodorously inconvenient, they just added air fresheners.

By the time officials found her remains on February 8th of this year, they were so badly decomposed that identification took two weeks.

At least Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger seems like a decent guy. Once the grossly-mistreated remains were identified, he traveled to Saluda, SC to break the horrific news to Moore’s family in person.

And Community Mortuary performed the long-delayed cremation for the now-newly-grieving family at no charge. Palmetto Mortuary offered to cremate the remains at no charge as well.

Roderick Cummings and Lawrence Meadows, co-owners of Family First Funeral Home, were both charged with desecration of human remains, and a Spartanburg County Grand Jury returned corresponding indictments against both, according to an August 27th announcement by South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson.

Both men face up to 10 years of jail time and fines of up to $5000.

They are both also named as defendants in a lawsuit filed by Moore’s family in March, seeking to recover “actual, punitive and exemplary damages for fraud, negligence, unfair trade practices, improper disposal of human remains, and other causes of action.”

FOX Carolina 21

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