Pastor refused to bury 93-year-old because she didn’t pay tithes while in coma

Olivia Blair, a 93-year-old Houston woman who recently passed away after months in a coma, was refused burial by a local pastor because she hadn’t attended church while sick or paid recent tithes.

Barbara Day, the woman’s daughter, indicates that pastor Walter F. Houston would not grant her mother burial at Fourth Missionary Baptist Church despite Blair being a church member for 50 years.

Day says the reason her mother did not pay dues or attend church during the past two years was because she was sick, explaining that, “For the last two years, my mother has been in either a nursing home or she’s been in a hospital. And the last few months, she was in a coma!”

She also lamented that the church only cared about “money,” saying that even retail stores were more respectful of customers and that she didn’t “understand why we’ve become so commercialized with religion! What does this have to do with God? Why can’t I give my mother her last wish to be funeralized in a church that she loved so much?”
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