Funeral director recalls night Michael Jackson spent viewing James Brown's remains

By: Melissa Tune Email
By: Melissa Tune Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock, July 6, 2009

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Funeral services will be held on Tuesday for the King of Pop -- but it wasn't too long ago he was in Augusta for James Brown's funeral.

Jackson reportedly spent hours at the C.A.Reid funeral home the night Brown's memorial service and he asked lots of questions about the process of getting the body ready.

Jackson had no way of knowing his time would come so soon - but many who interacted with the singer at the private viewing and at Brown's funeral say he was quite interested about death and wanted to know the most intimate details.

Charles Reid recalls the wee hours of that late December morning when Michael Jackson showed up at his funeral home to pay his respects to James Brown.

"He actually stayed here for about 4 and a half hours," says Reid."The time he spent with him was out of the ordinary because normally a person comes in views and that's pretty well the end of it."

It was in one of his viewing rooms that the King of Pop spent those hours with James Brown. Reid says he was more than happy to give Jackson "private time" with Brown but he says there was more on Jackson's mind.

But Jackson's curiosity was peaked. Reid says he had lots of questions.

"There was various things he was interested in. He had a lot of questions that he had to ask in reference to Mr. Brown,also preparation and stuff of that nature."

Reid says its hard to believe that like James Brown another music legend has passed away. It took a sad occasion to meet Jackson but the funeral director was impressed by his humility.

"Michael, I only met him once, a first impression is a lasting impression and I admired him," says Reid. "You would think that a person with that talent would never die, but I guess in theory what he has done will never die."

Reid says that Jackson was kind and respectful in his questions; he was curious about the embalming procedure more than anything. He says he didn't ask morbid questions or any questions that made Mr. Reid uncomfortable.

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