A Floyd man who made a plea to the community for strangers to attend his wife’s funeral so the chapel wasn’t empty was pleasantly surprised Friday after hundreds of people showed up.
Paul Tremblett took to social media after his wife passed away in the ICU last Tuesday. He said his wife Ellie suffered health problems for years that prevented her from socializing.
With family far away, he had concerns the funeral home would be empty for his wife’s funeral.
“That basically tore me apart,” he said.
However, the Gardner Funeral home in Floyd was anything but empty Friday.
Tremblett said the line for the viewing extended out the door of the funeral home and onto East Oxford Street.
“Even though some only stayed for a minute or two, when the service started, the chapel, which I calculated to have a capacity of 200 was nearly full,” he explained.
He said he took time to greet each visitor and exchange a brief word and is glad they opened the doors early.
“Ellie had often commented that she would leave this earth without anybody ever knowing she had even walked upon it. When I looked at the line of visitors, I turned my head back to the casket, winked at her, and said “You were wrong!”.”
He said his gift to her was to make sure she wasn’t alone that day.