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 Sporting Celebration

Evan "Drew" Adams loved shooting pool, playing golf, and bowling amongst other things. He was also a collector of beer cans and beer paraphernalia and he was also a big MSU fan. For Drew's memorial, we setup a pool table, putting green, and bowling pins, all designed to be interactive and help those remember the memories they made with Drew. We also brought in several other parts of Drew's collections as well as MSU memorabilia. Drew would spent some time with friends at casinos from time to time, so we were able to secure a slot machine and included that in the vignettes.

At the close of the service Drew's brother, Kyle, stepped to the head of the aisle and rolled a perfect strike for Drew -- Drew's Last Strike. As the pins fell, family and friends erupted into long lasting applause and cheers.

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.

DADE's parade

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. 

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.

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.