Dent's faced fine in 2006

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The licensed funeral director of Historic Dent's Undertaking Establishment was censured and fined once for allowing Frank V. Griffin to make pre-need funeral arrangements.

The issue of prepaid funerals was a major topic at Mr. Griffin's bankruptcy hearing Wednesday. Several senior citizens demanded the return of the money they said they paid to Mr. Griffin or Thomasine Ketch for future funeral arrangements. Mr. Griffin said the money is gone.

Mr. Griffin filed for bankruptcy Aug. 20. He listed the debts and assets of Dent's funeral home as his own.

Mr. Griffin testified at Wednesday's hearing that he has a two-thirds ownership of Dent's funeral home. He said the previous owners and descendents of Dent's founders, Ms. Ketch and Juliette Burton, turned over majority ownership to him in 2005.

A check of state records Thursday confirmed Frank V. Griffin's protest that he is not the licensed funeral home director at Dent's, which The Augusta Chronicle titled him in a Thursday article and three others published since 1999.

According to the State Board of Funeral Services, the state licensed Mr. Griffin in 1976 to provide funeral services, but the license expired in 1981.

Ms. Ketch has an active funeral director's license, according to state records. She was censured and fined $500 in 2006 for allowing Mr. Griffin to make pre-need funeral arrangements for a family.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com.

FILING A CLAIM?

The deadline to file a claim in U.S. District Bankruptcy Court by those who believe they have a financial claim against Frank V. Griffin or the Historic Dent's Undertaking Establishment is July 14.

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APiratesLife4Me
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APiratesLife4Me 05/15/09 - 01:39 am
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Looks like Charles Walker is

Looks like Charles Walker is going to have some familiar company. Bye Bye !!

hurlyburly11
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hurlyburly11 05/15/09 - 03:53 am
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Sleaze-bag bottomfeeding

Sleaze-bag bottomfeeding crook............tar and feather him and run him out of town on a rail....................

cparker
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cparker 05/15/09 - 05:56 am
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Immorality has no race, no

Immorality has no race, no gender, and no address!!

colcamp1
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colcamp1 05/15/09 - 06:12 am
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CPARKER you are wasting good

CPARKER you are wasting good air on some of these people.

Dame Jacqueline
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Dame Jacqueline 05/16/09 - 10:31 am
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It's funny (pun intended) how

It's funny (pun intended) how the people involved in Dent's demise are involved in immoral acts: Mr. Griffin, Thomasina Ketch and her son G.B., and Joe Jones (some say his fourth wife Pat, too) Immoral people performing immoral acts: down-low, up-high, all around depravity. Hee, hee, whoopie!

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