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Famed ‘Best Funeral Ever’ Funeral Director Sued by 17 Families for Desecrating Remains

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Famed ‘Best Funeral Ever’ Funeral Director Sued by 17 Families for Desecrating Remains

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A famous funeral director has been sued by 17 families after claiming he collected fake ashes, disposed of the bodies of loved ones without permission and even received an urn full of white pebbles.

John Beckwith Jr., 79, who starred in TLC’s Best Funeral Ever and founding father of Golden Gate Funeral Home ‘A’ Crematory, has been sued for negligence by more than a dozen families for desecrating the remains of their relatives.

Families actually say our bodies were mistreated, with one family saying they were even offered the fake body and had to wait over an hour until workers could find their loved one .

“They are involved in respecting their family members for their closing goodbyes,” Jack Hales, who represents the families, told the New York Post.

“Golden Gate wants to sell itself because the nation’s leading funeral home, however, has shown a reckless disregard for the business requirements necessary to deliver a respectful farewell to these families,” Hales said in a press release.

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Families accuse him of abusing their family members

Famed ‘Best Funeral Ever’ Funeral Director Sued by 17 Families for Desecrating Remains

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Jackie Carlisle, 31, (pictured), said she nearly fainted when she noticed the body of her 48-year-old mother Jennifer at the funeral home Jennifer’s body was decomposed, they always made her wait over an hour to discover her body after presenting Jackie with another woman’s body.

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Tiesha Beaty discovered her father’s ashes had been replaced by tiny white pebbles (pictured) when she went to put her father’s navy steel in the urn after having to drive from Fort Worth to Dallas when the house moved his father without his permission.

Seventeen complaints – 14 that had been filed this year alone – came after a worker filed a grievance reporting that our rotting bodies had been stacked in an unrefrigerated truck in the parking lot area as deaths due to COVID-19 were high — prompting an investigation by the Texas Funeral Services Commission, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

Complainant Jackie Carlisle, 31, said she almost passed out when she saw the body of her 48-year-old mother Jennifer at the funeral home.

When she tried to view her mother’s remains on June 19, 2020, just days after she left COVID-19, she was offered “another person’s remains”.

‘The [dead] Lady was a little skinnier than my mom, so I knew right away it wasn’t her,” she told the New York Post.

When they “finally discovered Jennifer”, her body was stripped of any makeup or cosmetics and still wearing a hospital gown.

“Worse, Jennifer’s physique had partially broken down,” the lawsuit learns. “Jennifer’s stomach was very bloated. Her skin had dark patches and discoloration. [and] Jennifer nevertheless wore her hospital gown.

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Known for his over-the-top funeral businesses, Golden Gate appeared on TLC’s Best Funeral Ever in 2013 and 2014.

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Jackie had been left alone with her mother’s body and had to make do by using makeup and perfume from her handbag to make her mother’s body look presentable, but despite her best efforts, the attendees took pictures.

“At the wake, Jennifer’s appearance was so ugly that attendees felt compelled to take a photo,” the lawsuit said.

“It broke me and I fell to the ground,” Jackie told the New York Post on Thursday.

‘I used to be horrified. It was the first time I had seen my mom since I FaceTimed her in the hospital.

Jackie had paid Golden Gate $11,000 for the funeral, embalming, cosmetology businesses and wake – which had to be postponed because the funeral home was planning the wake at their location and never at Cornerstone Baptist Church, where it was originally organized for .

Nekeya Webster also filed a lawsuit against Beckwith in 2021 accusing Golden Gate of laying her father Aldo Busby’s ashes in the funeral home’s second cemetery in Tallulah, Louisiana – more than 300 miles from Dallas, Texas .

Bubsy, 60, died in December 2018 of a number of organ failures and Webster was left in the dark hours for months to find out when she would get her ashes.

It wasn’t until a shock came to the funeral home that she found out her father’s ashes had been scattered in Louisiana.

‘[The staff] saved me for at least an hour and then told me that my father’s remains had been taken to Louisiana and scattered there,’ Webster told the New York Post.

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A consultant for Beckwick (pictured on TLC) said he would fight the allegations

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The funeral director was first investigated by the Texas Funeral Service Commission after a worker filed a complaint saying our bodies were rescued in an unrefrigerated truck in the parking lot while deaths from COVID-19 were excessive.

“It was basically the most traumatic thing I’ve ever been through. My siblings and I had wished to have his urn with his ashes so that we could care for him and remember him.

Tiesha Beaty went to place her father’s navy family in the urn only to find tiny white pebbles instead of his ashes.

Also, after changing funeral homes in Golden Gate after having a disagreement with the previous home, his father’s ashes had been moved from Golden’s Fort Worth to the Dallas location.

Other Golden Gate lawsuits claimed that some families acquired the spurious ashes or obtained none, leaving the families “to live with the trauma so carelessly inflicted by Golden Gate.”

Golden Gate has acknowledged that they will fight the allegations made against them.

“Golden Gate is a family owned and operated business … We plan to respond to the allegations made against us and defend against those claims in regulatory court,” said Tonika Brown, who represents Golden Gate Funeral Home and Beckwith, in an ad. .

Best Funeral Ever has been identified for its over-the-top undertakings, where it even ran Olympian Ronnie Ray Smith over a 100-meter course and even gifted the casket with a gold medal.

Famed ‘Best Funeral Ever’ Funeral Director Sued by 17 Families for Desecrating Remains

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