Totally despicable and disgusting and so heinous. Something I have not seen since the 1980’s when Funeral Homes refused to bury deceased AIDS patients…….
Less than 18 hours before his husband’s funeral, Kendall Capers was told that the funeral service service was cancelled at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Tampa, FL because members of the congregation and the Pastor of the church read his partners obituary and discovered he was survived by a “husband”. “
Based on our preaching of the scripture, we would have been in error to allow the service in our church,” said New Hope Missionary Baptist’s Pastor T.W. Jenkins. “I’m not trying to condemn anyone’s lifestyle, but at the same time, I am a man of God, and I have to stand up for my principle Jenkins,said who peaches against same-sex marriage, and that it would be “blasphemous” to hold the funeral at his church, reported WFLA-TV.
It was devastating,” said Julie Atwood mother of Julion Evans, who was 42 at the time of his passing. “I did feel like he was being denied the dignity of death.”
“Everyone who knew us knew about our relationship,” Kendall Capers said. “We didn’t keep secrets.”
The family asked for Evans’ funeral to be held at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Tampa. Atwood, Evans’ mother, says she was baptized at the church as a child and several of her family members still attend. Atwood’s current pastor agreed to preach the funeral, but they needed a large church, like New Hope, to accommodate hundreds of mourners from across the country. New Hope agreed and the service was scheduled for July 26.
But when the obituary published in the local newspaper, everything changed.
Because of the abrupt change of plans, Evans’ family scrambled to make new funeral arrangements, and were not unable to notify everyone, and some mourners showed up at the hateful church and missed the funeral.
“I know there are other people that are probably going to be in the same shoes Julion and I were in. I feel like it’s a wrong doing, and nobody should be in those shoes,” Capers said “This is 2014, this is not the 60s or the 70s,. And att the end of the day I just want his wrong-doing to be exposed.”
New Hope Missionary Baptist’s is located at 3005 E Ellicott St, Tampa, FL 33610 and can be reached at (813) 236-3611 if you feel the need to call. They are also on FACEBOOK