Social media outcry over Georgia veteran's visitation with no coffin

(WTVC photo via John Taylor)

FORT OGLETHORPE, Ga. - A dispute over a Georgia veteran's funeral has gotten the attention of thousands on social media.

Family members of George Taylor shared pictures of the veteran's body displayed on a gurney with a flag draped on top. There was no coffin for the visitation that happened at Heritage Funeral Home on Battlefield Parkway.

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Taylor's family says Heritage Funeral Home in Fort Oglethorpe refused to put Taylor in a casket because of problems with the life insurance payment.

"At first we were okay with it but like i told the guy, I said this was very disrespectful to my dad," said Taylor.

Taylor's son, James Taylor, says they were given little to no notice prior to the visitation of the problem. He says he and another family member agreed but felt it was a disgrace to his father. He also claims the funeral home refused to bury his father until they received payment.

"They came to me and told me that unless than nine thousand dollars were paid, they couldn't put him into the ground at the military thing, he would have to sit in the freezer until we paid it or the insurance come through," said Taylor.

WTVC spoke to the funeral home representatives who say they did what the family asked.

"We were trying to honor the request and let them have some closure by viewing their loved one," said David Cummings with the funeral home.

They also say they did nothing wrong in the matter and their main priority is serving their community.

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