Florida drive-through funeral home demolished

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Posted: Oct 10, 2014 7:04 PM

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — A former drive-through funeral home in Florida has been razed.

The building in Ocala sat empty for years, but in the early '80s it was set up to permit mourners to see departed loved ones without ever leaving the car.

The Ocala Star-Banner (http://tinyurl.com/ojn9b7t ) reports a large drive-through bank teller window was added to the Westside Serenity Funeral Home after the city denied a request for additional parking.

The deceased lay in state next to the window behind closed drapes that opened when the front tires of a car passed over a rubber cable on the ground. Mourners signed in at a register kept in a deposit drawer. When the car's back tires drove over the cable again, the drapes closed and the lights and music that mourners heard shut off.

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Information from: Ocala (Fla.) Star-Banner, http://www.starbanner.com/