Sunday, March 27, 2016

Blue family seeks help for burial expenses.

It seemed fitting to post this plea for help on Easter Sunday.  The family of Lonnie Blue, Jr. set up a Gofundme page to assist with burial expenses.  Mr. Blue was killed by a suspect fleeing police last week.There has been a heated debate over police chases since Mr. Blue lost his life but regardless of fault, a family lost their boy and a child lost his father.  The goal is $3,000. Please donate.  Link to Gofundmepage.


Be Very Careful With Gifts said...

I have absolutely no problem with assisting in the funding of this burial. However, when people give money to alternate sources that far exceed the cost of the (in this case) burial, there are thousands that go for, ah, 'unintended purposes'.

It's also not a good idea to give money to a funeral home. That's like a used car dealership. Be careful with your gifting.

Kingfish said...

Link should be working now.

There is a goal on the page. You can see for yourself how close they are to reaching the goal. It is at $1,000 right now.

Anonymous said...

On this Easter Sunday, 1:36 nailed it like a good Southern Baptist.


Anonymous said...

Well said 5:42. Could have been any of thousands in the area that I know.

Anonymous said...

if you bury someone with $3,000, its in a liquor box with a concrete box headstone.

Anonymous said...

Not passing judgment, but it would appear that the goal posts have been moved.

Anonymous said...

The only way for this sort of gifting to work is for a bank to handle the donations. The bank will have a price set by the funeral home UP FRONT. After that amount is collected and given directly to the funeral home, the money left in the account can be given to the family or a charity of the family's choice.

The arrangement (as to disbursement of funds and to whom) should be made up front so there will be no argument or guesswork as to who gets the remainder. You'd be surprised who will fight over it. Including the funeral home. This has nothing to do with 'Southern Baptists'. Simply ensures the integrity of the process.

The bleeding hearts who have no concern for integrity are free to drive over to the house of any relative and hand them a wad of cash.

Anonymous said...

Unlike 1:36 pm and 5:19 pm I will try not to assume the worst , but assume they have never had to be responsible for burial expenses.

There are more costs associating with death than just the burial or cremation.

This is such a paltry sum under the circumstances and so unlikely a scam that your remarks are unseemly and uncharitable.

Not only that, you want these poor people to jump through more hoops to reassure you than the easiest way which they have chosen.

You both have implied without knowing this family at all that they are either incapable of making spending decisions or dishonorable rather than without sufficient funds for an unexpected and costly burden not of their making.

Anonymous said...

Stamps could only fork out $100? Wow!

Anonymous said...

Although a tragedy, why attempt to shame those who stand back and question paying these expenses. What about the many others who are murdered, killed by drunk drivers, deer in the road, etc. Is this one incident unique and more deserving because a bad guy running from police ran him down? One of many unfortunate weekly passings.

Also it has not been stated, but he very likely had insurance from being employed at Nissan.

Kingfish said...

Nice to see the crabapples showing up. Three grand will cover a decent cremation and ceremony if nothing else.

Anonymous said...

9:27, from now on I guess we'll run all of the charitable donation website approvals through you, I'll also make sure to consult you on how much I need to give to my chosen charities as well. For all of those who question the "motives" of the gofundme page; keep your money, as donations should be made without the first thought of recompense or judgment.

Anonymous said...

The elected officials sort of ruined it for the family. Not many people outside of Jackson will donate as their law enforcements are constantly being threatened by the People of Jackson. The people in Jackson will not donate as they are broke and have to go to the surrounding areas to find something to steal.
It is very bad that a good man had to die at the hands of some thugs. It was made worse by the people Jackson continues to elect.
It might be a good idea if the people in Jackson continue to protect thugs they get some insurance or put away a few dollars for funerals.
If Jackson did not protect criminals there would not be a need for some funerals.

Anonymous said...

For anybody questioning whether he had life insurance at Nissan, I am sure he did if he had been employed there over 90 days. But here is the issue you can run into because it happened with somebody I know. If he named his minor child as beneficiary that money will go into a trust until he/she is of age. Funeral expenses have to paid now. Just thought I would throw that out there.

Anonymous said...

I've had two close family members pass away in the last 2 years; the post above is correct, you can't have a conventional burial for $3,000.00. I paid about $8,000 each for very modest arrangements.

Kingfish said...

I said cremation. Pay attention.

Anonymous said...

Funeral homes are like used car salesmen. They will charge as high as they can but will come down if you shop around. Most people will fall for the old line about their friend or family member deserves the best which costs more for the same thing.

Anonymous said...

7:03, while knowing NOTHING of the posters at 1:36 and 5:19, criticizes those posters for knowing nothing about the family of the deceased. As if HIS post about people he doesn't know might outweigh the others' posts about people they don't know. How odd is that?

And Kingfish, expert on all things, inserts his special brand of wisdom, chattering on about cremation as if he is in charge of arrangements.

The point here is that anybody who wants to donate should do so, but, with an understanding that once you lick the flap on the envelope, you have no clue where your money will be spent. But you'll feel good about yourself.

Remember the grandmother who collected all that money for the disfigured granddaughter who was wrongly said to have been mocked at McDonalds? Or the news we see almost weekly about relatives who collect money claiming a family member has cancer?

It's this simple: Do what you want with your money, but use caution. Or don't.

Anonymous said...

I'm just now getting around to reading the link to the donation site referenced above. Here is what it says:

"Would Like For Your Assistance With Raising Funds For Services and Final Resting Place For Lonnie K. Blue, Jr. He Was Victim To A High Speed Police Chase That Ended Tragically As An Innocent Bystander. The City of Jackson, Its Citizens and Immediate Family Wants To Also Help Bring This Matter To The Eyes and Ears of the General Public. He Leaves Behind A Son Thats Dear To The Family. Would Like To Also Assist Him For Future Financial Contraints and Making His Death A Legacy."

Key words in the emotion-laden hype to get donations: Victim, High Speed Police Chase, Innocent Bystander, City of Jackson bring this to eyes and ears of the public, Leaves behind a son that's dear, Assist him for future finalcial contraints, Make his life a legacy.

This whole thing is nothing but an attempt to collect a pile of money with no assurances as to where the money would go, how it would be spent or who might control it.

Families across the planet have to deal with this every day. Making it a finger pointing exercise by invoking these 'emotional power words' is cheap and tawdry. But typical.

Sadly what we have here is 'how can I make money off of this?' 'Who can I sue?' 'How will I spend it on me without any publicity?' and on the other side of that same coin, 'Here, let me represent you in a lawsuit and I'll only get a third', 'My church is taking up donations and I'll only take a small cut for the pastor's fund'.

Anonymous said...

Sad. These days a person can not even give to help others for fear of all of the free loaders.

Anonymous said...

Sorry but inclusion of the politics ( eyes and ears of the public) soured me on a donation.

Anonymous said...

They don't need the money. Sweating stokes is going to get them millions of $.

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