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Church raises funds to bury family members

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CLARKSVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A local church is trying to find a way to help a family left in an unusual situation. A woman was making plans to bury her father when she too, passed away. Now, the family says they don't have the money or insurance to bury them.

"The situation is real serious with us because they're out of the ground, and we're doing our best to get them buried," said Pastor Jesse Gold of Rock Temple Church of God in Christ in Clarksville. "This has been a real tragedy for us as it is when these things happen. They always catch you unexpectedly.

Gold said member Edward Morris passed away from a heart attack last month at 73 years old. Only a short time later, tragedy struck the family again when Morris's 33-year-old daughter, Sherita Morris, also died suddenly from health problems, leaving behind three children.

According to Gold, the children are being taken care of by a family member. The bodies of both father and daughter have been at the Henry Smith Funeral Home for weeks.

"The daughter has some little, small children, and they're wanting to know where the funeral is," said Gold. "I can't tell them whether there will be a funeral or not. If we don't get something done right away, they won't be able to view their mother. This is a sad situation for children."

Gold said he is asking the church and surrounding community for any donations they can give that will hopefully add up to the $2,700 needed to cremate both father and daughter.

"This is what the church is all about," said Gold. "We're not trying to do an elaborate funeral, but with the help of the Lord, if we could just get enough to do a cremation, we'd be grateful. We just want to get them buried."

If you'd like to help, you can contact Gold at 931-645-6323 or mail donations to Morris Family Burial Fund, c/o Rock Temple Church of God in Christ, 1061 Rodeer Drive, Clarksville, TN 37042.

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