Originally created 07/05/97

`Most Married' man to get proper funeral



BLYTHE, Calif. (AP) - Glynn "Scotty" Wolfe, the world's most-married man, is getting a funeral, although he may not have many mourners.

Wolfe will be laid to rest Thursday in his hometown, courtesy of a cemetery and funeral home that decided to pay to keep him from an unmarked public grave.

None of Wolfe's 29 wives and few, if any, of his 19 children were expected to attend the service at Palo Verde Cemetery, which donated a burial plot.

Sidney Presley, owner of Frye Chapel and Mortuary, said she decided to donate her $2,500 services because it was the right thing to do.

"We're a small town," she said. "We care about what goes on here, and the son didn't have the money to do it and the wives didn't either."

The flamboyant minister, who held the Guinness Book of Records title for most-married man for more than 35 years, died June 10 of coronary heart disease at age 88.

Wolfe paid for a burial plot before he died, but did not cover the costs of funeral services or a grave marker.

His widow said she could not afford services, and the San Bernardino County coroner's office had planned to cremate him and bury with other unclaimed bodies in an unmarked public grave.

Wolfe's 33-year-old son, John, who couldn't pay for the funeral with his $5-an-hour job at Burger King, then began a public lobbying campaign to raise the money.