Reid seeks payment of Brown funeral bill

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The trust handling James Brown's estate owes more than $70,000 for his elaborate funeral and care of his body for nearly three months before it was laid to rest in March, according to the funeral director who handled the soul singer's arrangements.

"I'm just waiting on them to get some of this mess straightened out," said Charles Reid, of C.A. Reid Funeral Home in Augusta, which handled Mr. Brown's funeral. "I really haven't pushed the issue, even though I'd like to have my money."

Some of the funeral costs have already been paid, and trustees have mailed a check to Mr. Reid this week covering the outstanding balance, Mr. Brown's longtime adviser and trustee Buddy Dallas said Wednesday.

"It was the children that ran up a funeral bill of over $150,000, not the trustees," Mr. Dallas said. "We've done our very best to do what we could to accommodate the creditors. There's no great big pile of money or surplus of money just lying around."

Louis Levenson, an attorney for Mr. Brown's six adult children, said Wednesday it is the trust's responsibility to pay for the funeral costs, which he considers a "reasonable" amount.

Mr. Brown's children filed a motion this week asking a judge to provide accounting records of Mr. Brown's trust and estate before and after the singer's death, Mr. Levenson said.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 04/19/07 - 03:55 am
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I hope all area bussiness are

I hope all area bussiness are aware that becoming involved with either side of this issue is very risky from a financial and legal perspective.

JimCox
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JimCox 04/19/07 - 05:39 am
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As predicted.

As predicted.

WW1949
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WW1949 04/19/07 - 07:16 am
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As posted earlier, Mr. Brown

As posted earlier, Mr. Brown has always had the reputation of having a bad pay record and it looks like it followed him.

CKB
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CKB 04/19/07 - 07:19 am
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If $150,000 is a "reasonable

If $150,000 is a "reasonable amout" for a funeral, there is something majorly wrong here. Mr. Brown is gone, wish this mockery was also.

THESOUTHLOST
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THESOUTHLOST 04/19/07 - 07:42 am
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Right,, Blame a dead man for

Right,, Blame a dead man for this. Some of you are sick?

wise
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wise 04/19/07 - 07:44 am
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Denali123 How do you know did

Denali123 How do you know did you pay his bills? No he did not even pay his own bills thats what he had Buddy Dallas for.

EMMACB
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EMMACB 04/19/07 - 07:49 am
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The cost of the funeral was

The cost of the funeral was high because of the publics couriousity, Former Senators Norwood had a simple yet dignified service. Mr. Brown was popular man in life. His fans, his fans, his fans wanted all the publicity so we were told. I think the children wanted to be seen. Everyone wants 10 minutes of fame. You didn't see Ray Charles or Gerald Levertts body moved up and down the highway. They were layed to rest in a dignified manner. Public funeral service then a burial.

EMMACB
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EMMACB 04/19/07 - 07:49 am
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The cost of the funeral was

The cost of the funeral was high because of the publics couriousity, Former Senators Norwood had a simple yet dignified service. Mr. Brown was popular man in life. His fans, his fans, his fans wanted all the publicity so we were told. I think the children wanted to be seen. Everyone wants 10 minutes of fame. You didn't see Ray Charles or Gerald Levertts body moved up and down the highway. They were layed to rest in a dignified manner. Public funeral service then a burial.

kudzo-n-roses
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kudzo-n-roses 04/19/07 - 07:54 am
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lol......

lol......

brownskin30434
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brownskin30434 04/19/07 - 08:24 am
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To wise: Apparently Buddy

To wise: Apparently Buddy Dallas didn't pay the bills either which is which translates to James Brown didn't pay his bills.

1234553647
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1234553647 04/19/07 - 08:35 am
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With all do respect how can

With all do respect how can you compare Senator Norwood to the GOd Father of soul. The whole World loved James Brown

adrian22
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adrian22 04/19/07 - 09:10 am
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I agree with the southlost

I agree with the southlost

iletuknow
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iletuknow 04/19/07 - 09:33 am
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At least Sen Norwood paid his

At least Sen Norwood paid his bills and wasn't a drain on the taxpayers.

nelly23
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nelly23 04/19/07 - 09:42 am
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Honestly i understand where

Honestly i understand where you all are coming from on your different points, but however there is still and outstanding bill that is due to a man and his business for the lovely job he did in making sure James Brown was neat and well taken care of during his two funerals. All i have to say is pay Mr. Reid his money and point the finger later to you run up the bill, Mr. Reid has a family to take care of just like most of us do, and if it was my business they would've been paid me my money. Mr. Reid said he has not been pushing the issue, but i'll push it for him pay the man his money, and take the rest of that mess up in court, beucase Mr. Reid is due what he is owed.

onehotdog
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onehotdog 04/19/07 - 10:03 am
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The whole world loved James

The whole world loved James Brown? I can honestly say that being apart of this world I and there are others that did not care for James Brown and the things that he did . He had fame & money and thought he was above the law.

shamrock
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shamrock 04/19/07 - 10:10 am
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The Buddy Dallas Circus came

The Buddy Dallas Circus came to Augusta many years ago and never left. He is still running a "successful" three-ring circus on the grave of the Godfather of Soul!

lilmace
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lilmace 04/19/07 - 10:22 am
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I am a part of this world and

I am a part of this world and I did not love James Brown. I did not listen to his music and that's not to say his music was not good, just that I did not listen to him, nor can I say that I admired him as a human being. For you to say that "The whole World loved James Brown"is terribly presumptuous of "the whole world's" feelings.

Lucy123
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Lucy123 04/19/07 - 11:21 am
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Norwood was not a senator, he

Norwood was not a senator, he was a congressman.

Honden
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Honden 04/19/07 - 11:34 am
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Having had the experience of

Having had the experience of doing business with Mr Brown (and company) I can attest that he ( or James Brown Enterprises ) wasn't very good at keeping the bill's paid in a timely manner while alive.

illini
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illini 04/19/07 - 12:09 pm
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itiswhatitis is right, This

itiswhatitis is right, This mess was as predictable as the sun coming up. You don't keep a body preserved long after it should have been buried without costs. The family, especially the children got their 15 minutes of fame and Mr. Reid payed for it. Go back under your rocks Brown offspring but pay your bills first.

stampman79
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stampman79 04/19/07 - 12:33 pm
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The check's in the mail.

The check's in the mail. That's a good one Buddy D. LOL.

Forgiven1
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Forgiven1 04/19/07 - 01:16 pm
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illini, No one can predict

illini, No one can predict that the sun will rise, but God. Mr Dallas, pay Mr Reid. That's the sum of the matter.

darr350
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darr350 04/19/07 - 01:34 pm
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Thats right, not everyone

Thats right, not everyone loved James Brown. I liked his music but was not crazy about him at all. For those who did love him, including his family, you should thank god for Buddy Dallas as well as Jim Huff accoss the river. If it were not for them his [filtered word] would be under the jail. Maybe Charles Walker should have hired Buddy Dallas and his [filtered word] would be out of jail by now. Of course the Augusta police never had to shoot out Mr. Walkers tires on the streets of Augusta or Mr. Walkers neighbor never help him pull his cars out of the ditch because he was to doped up to do it himself, like James Brown's Beech Island neighbor's did. Yes you all should be darn happy for Mr. Dallas, you should be kissing his feet not stabing him in the back. For any funeral director to let such a bill get that outragous with no $ up front,well he deserves what he gets for being stupid and a poor bussiness person.

toppergem
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toppergem 04/19/07 - 01:55 pm
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$150,000 is reasonable if the

$150,000 is reasonable if the family thinks it is. Here you go again making judgements about something bases upon your own narrow viewpoints. What you spend on a funeral for one of your own might just be too costly to another person...so leave it alone. The fact that the funeral has been paid for is nothing new. Many people who bury their loved ones do not immediately pay off the funeral expenses right away. Insurance monies may have to be processed and that takes time. And the fact that the expenses have not been paid yet has nothing to do with Mr. Brown. I have never know the dead to comeback from the grave and pay for their own funeral. Now if Mr. Brown had prepaid for his funeral as many do that would be another story. Come on now folks...stop the madness!!!

TALYLOR
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TALYLOR 04/19/07 - 02:48 pm
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Since his passing, there has

Since his passing, there has been nothing but chaos. I have never witnessed anything so humiliating to the people of the South. We are a dignified people so why can't the Brown children show some respect to the people and their father and put this stuff to rest. He has been gone since Christmas and if he is watching from above, I am sure he is embarassed and ashamed of all of it. I don't believe he wanted this to be the most memorable part of him. The trustees and the family should be ashamed of themselves and the judges need to put an end to the spectacle next court session.

Amy
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Amy 04/19/07 - 02:52 pm
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What business is it of the

What business is it of the public if his funeral bill has or has not been paid? The payment or non payment of anyone elses funeral bill is not made public... so why should this????

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fedupcitizen 04/19/07 - 04:04 pm
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Amen Amy. As for the cracks

Amen Amy. As for the cracks about Buddy Dallas.Shamrock, Defamation of character and slander are against the law and you're doing it to an attorney. Hmmmm

THESOUTHLOST
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THESOUTHLOST 04/19/07 - 08:15 pm
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Some people just are so full

Some people just are so full of hatred. JAMES BROWN IS DEAD. If you did not like him, so what. My personal opinion is that Elvis was a junkie. Does not take away from his musical talent. Does not mean he does not deserve all of the love his family, friends and fans had and has for him. You just do not hear the kind of rage coming from any side towards him. James Brown was a man, flesh, blood, human. He did some wrong, paid for it and in the eyes of the law, that is that. But, any honest person knows that he did more good than bad. Take a look in the mirror. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR YOUR FELLOW MAN LATELY?

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lilmace 04/19/07 - 08:26 pm
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Sorry THE SOUTHLOST, but I do

Sorry THE SOUTHLOST, but I do not care for the music of Elvis either. I do like several kinds of music, there are just some artists that I do not listen to. I am sure they both did some good in the same way I'm sure that neither were angels. I do not know if he were child molester or not, but if he was he deserved to be locked up the same as any criminal. You may hear more regarding James Brown because of his recent death when Elvis died so long ago.

THESOUTHLOST
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THESOUTHLOST 04/19/07 - 08:37 pm
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lilmace. Elvis had a close,

lilmace. Elvis had a close, personal relationship with Prescillia (sic) when she was 13 years of age. I am sorry for the molester part and will remove it. I was making the point to those who for what ever reason, seem to hate Mr. Brown so much. They hide behind moral outrage, yet they defend Elvis as if he walked on water. James Brown, like Elvis, was a human being and in death deserve the respect given most people that have passed on.

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