Milledgeville Funeral Home Provides Body Removal for Jones Co. | News
When there is a death at a crime scene, the coroner is called in to take care of the body and investigate cause of death.
But in Jones County, the body removal service will be handled by a funeral home in Milledgeville.
Williams Funeral Home in Milledgeville will be called for body removal services and refrigeration.
They are located about 20 miles away from Gray. Funeral Director Rick Williams says, "I don't want people to be in a panic mode or not know what to do."
Four months ago, 13WMAZ reported that Jones County Coroner Jerry Bridges would stop removing bodies.
That's because the county refused to provide benefits for three of his deputy coroners. But he resumed the service the
next day because he said, "It's the right thing to do."
Bridges says he will disregard the County's decision to use Williams Funeral Home because he says it's his job to take care of the body.
"The coroner is in charge of the body in the county, not anybody else, and if I have to go out of the county to do my investigation, that's going to cost the county money. So the body is going to stay in Jones County," he says.
Body Removal: Bridges - $400; Williams - $250
Refrigeration: both charge $100 per night.
Cremation: Bridges - $2,500; Williams - $500
Bridges says the equipment he uses is from his private business.
Now, he's asking the county to provide a vehicle for body transportation.
Williams says he would be able to donate a hearse if the county needs it.
We called the commissioners, but they declined to comment.
The commissioners voted unanimously for Williams Funeral Home in Milledgeville to pick up bodies and refrigerate.