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Pandemic fear: Church to apologize for funeral refusal

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Noel Alexander had helped build Pine Hill Baptist Church in west-central Louisiana. He’d been its music minister, served on numerous committees and he and his wife kept the church’s books. After he died from COVID-19 at age 79, his visitation and funeral were scheduled for the church he loved. But his family said that when they arrived, they were told they couldn’t hold either the visitation or the funeral in the spacious building currently used for services because of the pandemic. And, they learned, the funeral director had been told he’d be met with a gun if he tried to bring the body inside. “It was scary devastating," Donna Hunt, one of Alexander's six children, said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. The church's pastor, Tri Evans, had approved of the servic...