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In my opinion, this is disrepectful, not sweet or heartfelt!

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"This is going to be one for the books," the Rev. Caleb Johnson announced at a funeral on March 28. The deceased was Gregory "Chops" Scott, and 2,000 people gathered for his procession. Only 850 of them could fit into First Corinthian Baptist Church in Philadelphia. But those 850 were in for a surprise. That day, Scott's nephew Reggie Wade, 39, wed Monique McMillan, 29, in an unannounced ceremony that took place at the funeral.

Before his death, Wade's uncle promised to walk McMillan down the aisle. Her father had died years ago, the Philadelphia Daily News reported.

Scott was gunned down outside his home on Feb 27. He was a leader in his community and drill master of West Philadelphia's Gold Coast Buccaneers drill team. At the funeral, Wade and McMillan both wore Buccaneers-colored T-shirts that featured Scott's picture.

"This was the last time his presence was gonna be here with us, and he promised me," Wade said. "It's like I got to live up to my word. We never lie to each other."

Johnson told the crowd, "If you came to this looking for a funeral as usual, you're in the wrong place." He then announced the surprise wedding.

"You had some gasps and you had some laughter because folks knew, who else would do this?" he said.

Johnson then married Wade and McMillan as they stood in front of the casket.

"We keep our promises, and he promised to give her away," said Scott's widow, Alfreda Johnson-Scott. "And he was dressed for the occasion."

by on Apr. 8, 2013 at 9:21 PM
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ScrChk23
by Amanda on Apr. 9, 2013 at 8:55 AM

I'm not really sure how to take this.  

Kazoo22
by on Apr. 9, 2013 at 5:17 PM

It's a little weird, but given the situation I wouldn't say it's disrespectful.

tifferie
by Silver Member on Apr. 9, 2013 at 5:23 PM
My friend was buried in a wedding dress. Her mom promised to make 3 dresses for her. Her baptism, her communion and her wedding dress. Kinda weird, but she kept her promise.
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LoveyDucky
by on Apr. 9, 2013 at 5:25 PM

 I think it's nice.

jojo_star
by on Apr. 9, 2013 at 5:30 PM

To each their own. 

RADmomma
by on Apr. 9, 2013 at 5:35 PM
Yes it's odd, disrespectful no.
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mom23heathens
by Bronze Member on Apr. 9, 2013 at 5:36 PM
Personally i wouldn't but i understand the sentiment . I wouldn't judge either . This man obviously meant a whole lot to this family and they wanted him to be there. It was their way of making it special. I used to think it was morbid to take pics at a funeral or cemetery until i had my kids. Every occasion i took my kids to see their grandpa and took pics of them with his gravestone .
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gigis1
by on Apr. 9, 2013 at 5:39 PM
I think it's kinda nice to remember one last good thing for him instead of everyo e being all sad and down at the funeral
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sweetr0se
by on Apr. 9, 2013 at 6:04 PM


That was how  I felt too! 

Quoting Kmary:

I find it neither heartfelt nor disrespectful, just odd.



RobinBright
by Gold Member on Apr. 9, 2013 at 6:24 PM

It is not something I would choose.... but if the close family was happy with it and they felt that the deceased man would appreciate it, more power to them. 

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