James Brown Yet To Be Buried
January 10, 2007 at 6:19 AM (PT)
The body of JAMES BROWN has yet to be buried as attorneys and his children work to settle issues surrounding his estate, including where he will be laid to rest.
For now, his body lies in a sealed casket in his home on BEECH ISLAND, said CHARLES REID, manager of the C.A. REID FUNERAL HOME in AUGUSTA, GA, which handled the services. BROWN died of heart failure on DECEMBER 25 at age 73. His will has yet to be filed, said BUDDY DALLAS, an attorney for the singer.
BROWN's home has been locked since hours after his death to protect his memorabilia, furnishing, clothes and other personal items, DALLAS said. "Just imagine what would have happened," DALLAS said. "Items of JAMES BROWN's would have left there like items off the shelves of MACY'S in an after-CHRISTMAS sale."
The trustees for his will, along with BROWN's children, will determine the burial site, DALLAS said. TOMI RAE HYNIE, BROWN's partner, said shortly after his death that she encountered locked gates as she tried to get into the home she says she shared with the singer and their 5-year-old son. She wouldn't discuss the incident TUESDAY, but her lawyer said HYNIE should be granted access to the home, although he would not talk about whether HYNIE might take legal action.