published Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Family claims funeral home failed to embalm body

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A Huntsville mother says in a lawsuit that a funeral home failed to embalm her son's body.

WAAY-TV reports (http://bit.ly/Mht8bT ) that Norman Holman died at Huntsville Hospital on May 28 due to complications from a blood clot. His mother claims in the lawsuit that Nelms Memorial Funeral Home was supposed to handle arrangements -- including the embalming -- but never completed it.

As a result, the family's attorney John Brinkley said relatives arrived at a church for the funeral on July 9 to find Holman "rotting in the casket" and that some mourners left the room because of the smell.

WAAY reports that Nelms Memorial Funeral Home CEO Charles Ray Jr. Ray was unavailable for comment.

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