News 12 at 6 o'clock, May 25, 2007
AIKEN, S.C.---Every year Aiken County makes sure the deceased with no loved ones to claim them are buried with dignity and respect, even though it's called a pauper's burial. The county coroner says their office has spent months and even years trying to locate some of these family members without any luck, so today they were buried by the community.
Today at Calvary Cemetery, dozens of people came to paying their respects to 13 complete strangers, some of which had no one else to do it for them.
"One of the challenges we have here every year are folks who live here and die in Aiken County, we want to provide a service that's respectful and honorable to them because we think it's the right thing to do," said Carlton.
Often times, he says, some of these people have outlived other family members or were too poor to afford a proper burial.
Donations were provided for by Lakeside Baptist Church.