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Page A22 JULY 2022 FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS Se c t i on A al Chapel inNewYork was called, as this famous funeral company had the military contract in New York. Later that afternoon, Universal’s hearse transported Hoover to the Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital where an autopsy was performed. By 5:00 PM, the autopsy was complete, and Hoover was transferred to Universal. The body was embalmed, dressed, and casketed. Hoover was placed in the famous Marcellus 710 “Presidential” solid 4-inch plank mahogany. No one other than the Hoover family would view the President. After the family viewing, the copper inner liner of the casket was bolted and sealed and the lid of the casket permanently closed. Hoover was a lifelong Quaker, but his funeral was held in New York City at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church. The church was next door to the Waldorf, and this is where the Hoovers had worshiped. On Wednesday, Universal Funeral Chapel moved Hoover to the sanctuary of St. Bartholomew’s for the public viewing of the closed casket. The doors of the church were opened, and it was estimated that 25,000 people filed through the sanctuary. The funeral began on Thursday at 4:30 PM. Attendance was disturbing. The church held 1,400. The State Department invited 300 guests, but beyond that only 15 attended. The church was only half full when the service began. On Friday, Hoover’s remains were removed to the Pennsylvania Railroad Station in Manhattan for the trip to Union Station in Washington DC. At the US Capitol building, Hoover’s remains rested on the original Lincoln Catafalque, where a short service immediately began. For the rest of Friday and all day Saturday, Hoover’s remains rested in the Capitol Rotunda. By Todd Van Beck On paper, no one was more eminently qualified to be president than Herbert Clark Hoover. However, success was not to be the legacy of our 31st president. Within eight months of his inauguration, the Great Depression struck, and President’s Hoover’s vilification began. Defeated for re-election, Hoover retired to his home in California. In later years, he took permanent residence at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. Hoover maintained an active 32-year retirement. His reputation even improved, and in the 1960’s, he was viewed as the grand old statesman of the Republican Party. In August of 1962, Hoover was operated on for abdominal cancer. By October of 1964, the 90-year-old was suffering from severe bleeding in his upper intestinal tract. Hoover’s physicians were called to the Waldorf, but Hoover, who was practically blind and deaf by this time, refused to be taken to a hospital. On Monday, October 19th, Hoover rallied. However, even with blood transfusions, deadly toxins were building up in his body. By noon on Monday, he was in a coma from which he never woke. There were no last words from President Hoover. He just slipped away. At 11:35 AMonTuesday the 20th, Herbert Hoover died in his suite at theWaldorf. At 11:55 AM, Universal FunerHerbert C. Hoover the thirty-first President of the United States of America Rest in Peace, Mr. President. That was the hope...that our presidents would rest in peace, but that has not always happened. For example, between 1865 and 1901 Lincoln’s remains were moved 18 times. Funerals are a reflection of how people live their lives, and this remains true for the funerals of our U.S. presidents. This series offers a glimpse into the deaths and funerals of our presidents, while offering overdue recognition to the scores of funeral professionals who labored ceaselessly to carry out the wishes of the presidents, their families, and in some cases, the wishes of the United States government. Each account tells an interesting story. —TVB Rest In Peace, Mr. President On Sunday, the body was taken to the Washington National Airport so that Hoover could be flown to the Cedar Rapids, Iowa airport. The burial site for Hoover had been prepared years ago at a spot in West Branch, Iowa which overlooked his birthplace cottage. On his visit to select his burial site, President Hoover also met with John B. Turner, who was a well-known funeral director in Cedar Rapids. Hoover gave Turner explicit instructions as to how his grave should be constructed. When Hoover’s body landed, there were 5,000 people at the airport. The body was taken in procession toWest Branch, where 75,000 people filled the twenty-eight acre memorial park to witness the 20-minute Quaker burial service. At the conclusion of the committal service, Taps was played. At Hoover’s own request, since he was a Quaker, no volleys were fired at the grave. In October of 1964, Mrs. Hoover was disinterred and removed from Palo Alto to West Branch. Mrs. Hoover was buried next to her husband on October 31st, and the Hoover tombs were then permanently sealed. Todd W. Van Beck is associated with John A. Gupton College in Nashville, and has been an author, teacher, practitioner, and speaker for over 40 years. On May 30, 2018 Van Beck celebrated 50 years in funeral service. You can reach Todd at 615-327-3927. F U N E R A L H O M E & C E M E T E R Y N E W S w w w . N o m i s P u b l i c a t i o n s . c o m Monthly Columnsonline at Known for quality materials and craftsmanship, Madelyn Co. Keepsake Pendants are hand-made using jewelry-grade metals. The opportunity to choose a Keepsake Pendant presents itself only once. 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This transaction represents 341 calls per year. “For over 100 years, our family has remained deeply rooted in the traditions of the families we serve in the greater Durham area and surrounding communities. We are excited to join an organization that aligns with our values and prioritizes the service of families above all else,” stated Tommy and Mary Hudson, former owners of Hudson. “The addition of Hudson complements Park Lawn’s existing North Carolina businesses and allows us to enter a new high growth market in the region. We are ner with us in continuing their commitment to excellence and compassionate service,” said J. Bradley Green, Chief Executive Officer of PLC. PLC provides goods and services associated with the disposition and memorialization of human remains. Products and services are sold on a pre-planned basis (pre-need) or at the time of a death (at-need). PLC and its subsidiaries own and operate businesses including cemeteries, crematoria, funeral homes, chapels, planning offices and a transfer service. PLC operates in three Canadian provinces and sixteen United States. TALLAHASSEE,FL— Governor Ron DeSantis appointed five individuals, including three licensed funeral directors, to the Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services. Joseph Brandenburg is president of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, Jacksonville. He earned his degree in mortuary science from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. Vincent Ferreira of Starke, is the owner and president of Ferreira Enterprises, Inc. He is also an advisor for funeral services education at Florida State College of Jacksonville. He his associate degree from Miami Dade College. Jill Peeples is a funeral director at Peeples Funeral Services, Inc., Jacksonville. She is a member of the Independent Funeral Directors of Florida and the National Funeral Directors Association. Peeples earned her associate degree in mortuary science from Gupton-Jones College. Additionally, Janis Liotta of St. Augustine, director of income tax compliance for CSX Transportation and Darrin Williams of Jacksonville, supervisor for Duval County Public Schools, were appointed. All of these appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate. honored that Tommy and Mary Hudson and their staff have chosen to part-