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Man devastated after wife’s casket is found floating during flood

By Mason White 9:13 AM June 5, 2015
Carolyn Joyce Fobbs-Lee 

By: Chan Yuan
(Scroll down for video) A man was distressed to learn that his wife’s casket came up from the ground and floated away from her resting place.

Police were called after the casket was seen floating on a hiking trail during a severe rainstorm, which has caused a lot of flooding.

Richard Lee, 65, of Texas, learned that the casket belonged to his wife, who was buried at a cemetery 50 yards away from where it was found.

Lee said that the funeral home is demanding money for burying his wife again. They offered a discounted price to place the casket back into the ground where she was originally buried.

Lee is suing the funeral home in Houston, eight years after he bid an emotional farewell and buried his wife of 37 years, Carolyn Joyce Fobbs-Lee, in a concrete vault.

Lee said that his wife died in 2007 of lung cancer at the age of 57.

The widow is suing the Robinson Funeral Home in Silsbee, for negligence. Lee’s attorney, Annie McAdams, said her client paid more than $11,000 for the vault, which should have held up against flood waters.

Lee bought himself a plot next to his wife and he wants to make sure that this does not happen to anyone else.

The Geo. H. Lewis and Sons Funeral Home in Houston, has volunteered to cover the reburial for free.