Former funeral home owner found dead

Sunday, June 8, 2014 5:52 PM
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A former owner of the historic Dent’s Undertaking Establishment was found dead Thursday, officials said.

Thomasina Ketch, 85, who assumed ownership of the business with her sister, Juliette Brown, in 1985 after the death of father Thomas H. Ketch Sr., died in her living quarters above the shuttered establishment at 930 D’Antignac St., Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen said.

Bowen said Ketch’s son, G.B. Hannon, found her dead Thursday but waited until Saturday afternoon to report the death.

Though there were no obvious signs of trauma, Bowen said, he and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office interviewed Ketch’s son and will send the body to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Atlanta for an autopsy, which could take place early in the week.

“Until then, we’re pretty much at a standstill,” he said.

According to The Augusta Chro­nicle archives, the funeral home was founded by John and Julia Dent in 1888 and moved to its final location in 1900.

The funeral home was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990, but financial woes forced the state Department of Revenue to close it in 2008.

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sweatbox 06/08/14 - 07:38 pm
The Historic Dent's Funeral Home was Truly Historic;

This Funeral Home was part of history so much so that during the 40's it supported the black community with class and distinction. MR. Thomas ketch along with family members worked and serviced the black community with class.I RECALLED THOSE BLACKS THAT WAS ELECTROCUTED BODIES BEING AT DENT'S AND MANY OTHERS MS. THOMASINA KETCH AND HER SISTER ALSO CONTINUED UNTIL THEY RAN INTO THEIR PROBLEMS HOWEVER IN MY OPINION THIS DOES NOT DESTROY THE "LEGACY" OF MR. KETCH'S LOYALTY AND DEDICATION.

JRC2024 06/08/14 - 10:36 pm
I had dealings with Mr. Ketch

I had dealings with Mr. Ketch years ago. What a nice man he was.

catawba7 06/09/14 - 09:30 am
I am so sorry to hear of the

I am so sorry to hear of the death of Ms. Ketch. She was a very lovely, caring and dedicated person. Her son's devotion and love for his mom in these later years was remarkable. I would often see him with her at some of her medical appointments and she was always well groomed and on the arm of her beloved son G.B. I will be praying for him as he goes through this grief. This is a great loss for the African-American community, a community she and her family served well for so many years.

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