Unique Services At Pray Funeral Home
Our creative staff at Pray Funeral Home takes the time and uses their creativity to build a service or memorial that fits the interests and unique personality of each person we care for. These are a few of some of the more unique services and memorials.
A THEATRICAL EVENT
The Memorial for "B.C." Barbara Collinsworth-Johnson was held in the Charlotte Performing Arts Center. A beautiful auditorium that Barb helped design after her retirement as a speech and drama teacher after Charlotte High School.
The service featured eight family members, friends, and co-workers who shared their treasured memories and stories with the many people who attended.
An alumni choir of 40 of Barb's students participated in the service as well as a Jazz Quintet who serenaded Barb with a Dixieland rendition of "When the Saints Go Marching In".
In between the different "Acts" of the service, portions of Family Album video prepared by a Pray Funeral Home was shown on the large screen suspended over the stage.
- The Memorial for "B.C." Barbara Collinsworth-Johnson was held in the Charlotte Performing Arts Center. A beautiful auditorium that Barb helped design after her retirement as a speech and drama teacher after Charlotte High School.
- One of the focal points was her custom painted casket which was painted her favorite shade of purple with her favorite accent green. Her signature nickname BC was were painted on the foot her casket.
- The marquee poster outside the auditorium featured a caricature of Bar along with some of her programs from productions she had directed at Charlotte High School.
- The service was concluded with Barb's favorite ending, the MSU Spartan's Fight Song, as the MSU Cheerleaders Ran down the aisles to the stage and Sparty, the MSU mascot stepped out on stage waving Barb's alma-mater flag. After a closing prayer the guests were led out of the auditorium by Sparty and the Cheerleaders to the reception in the School Cafeteria to the sound of Kool and The Gang's "Celebration".
Dade Schultze was known around the country for his participation in numerous wagon trains that traveled the states. So when it was time to prepare his final send off, there was no questions it had to involve a full wagon train to convey his casketed body to the cemetery near his farm.
- Dade's trusted pair of mules pulled numerous covered wagons, open wagons and buckboards.
- A wagon train of five wagons and numerous outriders downtown en route to the cemetery near his farm.
- The wagon train continues into Gresham Cemetery.
- The main wagon carrying Dade to his final resting place.
- Uniforms don't need to feel like uniforms. But details like this are what can make the perfect celebration suited to the life lived.
- Loved ones carry Dade to his final resting place in Gresham Cemetery.
A teacher's tribute
Tim "Coop" Cooper was a beloved professor in the Lansing Community College School of Emergency Medicine that everybody knew. His involved over 300 Emergency Medical Technicians, Police and Firefighters as well as many more family, friends, and co-workers.
- The procession to the cemetery included over 20 ambulances and fire trucks, truly an unusual funeral procession to all who witnessed it pass by the Capitol Building in downtown Lansing. Each car in the procession had a window cling decal that proclaimed R.I.P. Coop over accompanied by an EMT sign.
- The Funeral service was conducted at Dart Auditorium on the campus of LCC to accommodate the crowd of admirers and family. Piano music filled the auditorium as people gathered.
- The stage was set with some large portraits of Tim from one of his students which was embraced by Tim's bear skin rug as a sign of the big bear hugs Tim would have for friends and family.
- At the conclusion of the committal service at the cemetery a Life Flight helicopter circled overhead as a salute to Tim, and then climbed into the distance symbolizing that Tim's soul had been carried to the heavens.
AN AVIATION SEND OFF
This loved one had developed a love of flying, earning several certifications and flew a variety of aircraft during his flying career. He also built a number of model aircraft over the years.
At the time of his funeral and visitation his favorite model aircraft were displayed suspended in flight in the room. Pictures of his days in the Flight Control Tower and other memorabilia was also displayed.
At the conclusion of the funeral service, as the family accompanied the casket to the funeral coach a distant roar of an airplane could be heard. As the sound grew a white aircraft streaked overhead, engine roaring as the propeller clawed at the air. As the airplane passed over the crowd the pilot, a member of the funeral home staff, pointed the nose skyward and climbed into the blue sky symbolizing the soul being carried heaven ward.
A Harley visitation
The service arranged for this loved one portrayed her passion of the wind in her face as she traveled the road on her own Harley Davidson.