Middle Tennessee woman accused of trying to remove body during funeral

Cynthia Frierson (Courtesy: Columbia Sheriff’s Office)

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (WKRN) – A woman in Columbia is facing charges after police say she tried to take a remove a body from a casket during a funeral service.

Cynthia Frierson, 36, was charged with disrupting funeral or memorial service, public intoxication, driving on revoked or suspended license, immediate notice of accident and unlawful drug paraphernalia. Police said they originally responded to a report that Frierson had sideswiped several cars. Later, they received a call about a disturbance at Roundtree, Napier & Ogilvie Funeral Home.

Cynthia Frierson (Courtesy: Columbia Sheriff’s Office)
Cynthia Frierson (Courtesy: Columbia Sheriff’s Office)

Officers said people attending the service became very angry and told Frierson to leave. Police said she smelled of alcohol, was slurring her words and it took six people to remove her from the funeral home. While being booked into jail, officers said they found a glass pipe with black residue in her possession.

In an interview with WKRN, Frierson admits she had to be removed from the funeral home, but said she has not done anything wrong.

“When they got down here, they say I was driving a truck and hit two cars, and they said I was driving on a revoked [license],” said Frierson “They tried to say drug paraphernalia and disorderly of a funeral service.”


A witness in the report says Frierson began grabbing at the person inside the casket and, at one point, tried to remove the body, but Frierson said says she has done nothing wrong.

“It was because I told them that he was asleep and they was like, ‘Come on, come on out of here.’ I said, ‘He is not dead. He is asleep,’ and that is it,” Frierson recalled. “I’m sorry about the police coming down there, and it is awful.”

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