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The family of recently deceased 93-year-old Olivia Blair are upset over the fact that Pastor Walter F. Houston of the Fourth Missionary Baptist Church in Texas reportedly refused to bury the grandmother because she had not paid her tithes in two years.  Blair had been a church devotee for fifty years before being stricken with an illness that resulted in her becoming comatose and placed in hospice care, her reason for not tithing according to KRIV.

Blair’s daughter, Barbara Day (pictured) told KRIV that her stepfather had also been buried at the church.  So why would the church officials turn her mother away, the very same institution that held such a prominent role in her life.  “It was like the last insult in the world, there was nothing else that I could do for my mommy but funeralize her in the church that she loved and worshiped all of her life, even as a little girl.  For the last two years, my mother has been in either a nursing home or she’s been in a hospital,” she pointed out. “And the last few months, she was in a coma!”

Day feels she and her family have been blatantly disrespected and shamelessly dismissed by the church and still cannot believe that money is all they reportedly seem to care about telling KRIV, “There’s no explanation for anybody that has been paying dues for a church that long, for him to make me have to roll my mother’s body around town, and somebody finally picks her up and says, ‘Yeah, we’ll do the best we can,’” Day insisted. “They knew she was ill! They don’t care! All they care about is getting money money money money money!”

Preacher watchdog, Tyrone Jacques of heard about the family’s plight and stepped into the matter.  Jacques contacted Houston who allegedly told him that Blair had not paid her tithes in about ten years.  Day however begs to differ with the preacher man and insists that her mom stopped supporting the church two years ago when she became physically unable to do so.

Jacques pleaded the Blair family’s case to the pastor and even generously, offered to spring for the woman’s funeral costs as he outlined his plans to Houston.  The pastor reportedly responded to Jacques’ pleas with the following pat phrase, “Membership has its privileges.”  Jacques then states on his website how Houston responded to his offer by reportedly stating, “If the family cared so much, why didn’t they at least send a dollar to the church a week to reserve her membership?”

Meanwhile Jacques is planning to organize area protests in order to put pressure on Houston to change his mind.