Elizabeth Christine Lemons, Director of Bradford Funeral Home, has been penalized by the State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors and could face criminal charges after several complaints were filed against her.
According to documents provided by the Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors, several complaints were filed against Lemons including allegedly selling one customer a used casket as well as forging the signature of one customer on a statement of funeral goods. She also, according to the documents, admittedly forged the signatures of at least one doctor, two hospice nurses and the white county coroner on several death certificates. The documents also allege Lemons allowed an employee that is not a licensed funeral director to assist families at the funeral home. In letters addressed to the State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors, Lemons admits to forging names on death certificates claiming that the doctors or nurse had signed the original death certificate but that some were sent back by the health department for corrections and in order to get the family their Death Certificates as soon as possible she forged their names on the certificates. "I regret that we took this shortcut and sincerely apologize," said Lemons in the letters. A hearing was held on August 15, 2013 but the board has yet to release their finding of facts. Once the finding of facts is released, the severity of the charges and the penalties will be explained. Continue following the Newport Independent for more information as it becomes available.