Friday, May 18, 2012
AIKEN, S.C. -- A group gathered in Aiken on Friday morning to remember six men and women during a pauper service at the Calvary Cemetery.
Some of the six people were unclaimed by friends or family, and some simply did not have enough money for burial.
A few people spoke words to remember the friends they lost.
Eduardo Martinez was one of the six who was honored during Friday's pauper service. His friend, Matthew Woodward, attended the service in memory of their friendship.
"Whenever he needed me, I was there for him. Whenever I needed him, he was always there for me," he said.
Other remains are those of Ruth Polk, Gregory Mallory, Herbert Weikle, Louis Fields and James Miller.
Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton also said few words to explain why pauper burials are important to the county.
"These folks were Aiken County's sisters and brothers ... grandmas and grandads and husband and wives ... So we certainly have to respect their last wishes," Carlton said.
The pauper service is held every year. They will be buried beside others who have gone unclaimed over the years.