More Families Say They Were Victimized by Funeral Home

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Advanced Care Funeral and Cremation Services has been under fire this week for the alleged mishandling of remains.

Earlier this week, FOX40 reported the state’s investigation that recovered the remains of five people in storage freezers  that should have been cremated. We also told you about the sister whose brother’s remains were stored in an employee’s home for months.

Now, more families are coming forward with more stories about how they were mistreated by Jermaine Odom, the owner of Jermaine Odom.

“He wouldn’t answer his phone calls we couldn’t get in touch with him. It took almost two and a half months to get her back,” said Tanya Pauly.

Gaye Bonton said Odom took so long to embalm up her brother, it couldn’t be done.

“He said if he embalmed him, his body would literally split apart. He kept talking telling me my brother had skin slip it was a deterioration of the body,” said Gaye Bonton.

The family had to make last minute changes from holding a funeral to holding a memorial, so the family couldn’t say their last good byes, something that really affected deceased Duane Bonton’s daughter.

“All I wanted to do is say good bye to my dad one last me,’ and she didn’t get the chance. She had to say it to a picture,” said Bonton.

Patricia Littlejohn said after repeated calls to Odom, he got angry with her and became rude.

“He said, ‘Your daughter is burned now. Are you happy?’ and I was like, “Wow, is that the way you run your business?’ and he told me, ‘Yes, that’s the way I run it,'” said Littlejohn.

Advanced Care is currently shut down but for families, this is not over. There are several civil cases against Odom, including one for thousands of dollars in unpaid services to his transportation company, J. Morris.

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