A Houston pastor reportedly refused to bury a 93-year-old church member, despite the woman's wishes.
Barbara Day said pastor Walter F. Houston, of the city’s Fourth Missionary Baptist Church, declined to perform the service for her mother, Olivia Blair, who died at age 93.
She told KRIV that Houston said Blair hadn’t contributed enough to the church in the years before her death, according to Raw Story.
"It was like the last insult in the world, there was nothing else that I could do for my mommy but funeralize her in the church that she loved and worshiped all of her life, even as a little girl," Day said.
Houston said Blair’s membership in the church had slipped 10 years before her death because she hadn't been paying her dues. But according to Tyrone Jacques, who runs the preacher-watchdog site PimpPreacher.com, Houston’s statement is false.
Jacques first recounted Day’s story on his website and has supported Day’s efforts to get Houston to change his mind. According to Jacques, archives show Houston buried Blair’s husband in 2007 with a full church memorial and membership honors. His records prove that the family was still in good standing with the church seven years before Blair died in 2014.
Day said Blair was not healthy enough to attend church services or make regular donations to the church in the years preceding her death, Raw Story reported.
"For the last two years, my mother has been in either a nursing home or she’s been in a hospital," she said. “And the last few months, she was in a coma!”
Jacques noted that no church representatives went to check on Blair's well-being during those two years, adding that he even offered to pay for the funeral to be performed at the church but Houston declined.
"Membership has its privileges," Houston reportedly told Jacques.