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Funeral Home Owner Found Dead Inside

UPDATED ON 6: Funeral Home Owner Found Dead Inside

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Augusta, GA - The Richmond County Coroner reports the autopsy results show Thomasina Ketch died from an ongoing medical condition, and her death as being ruled as natural.

Thomasina Ketch's son, G.B. Hannan called police Saturday night to report his mother's death, but News Channel 6 has learned she had been dead for several days. The investigation into Ketch's death continues, but old friends are remembering the legacy she left behind.

This building stands as a National Historic Site: one of the oldest black-owned funeral homes in the state of Georgia. But to many in the community it was place for first jobs and friendships.

Julius Clark worked at Dent's Funeral Home for 10 years, and remembers Thomasina Ketch as a hard-working lady.

"We had a good relationship, and she was a business lady and she loved this funeral home," said Clark.

Clark is friends with Ketch's son, G.B. Hannan who reported his mother's death on Saturday.

"He was a nice guy, nice guy he took care of his mother," said Hannan.

Clark said Hannan watched over his mother, who suffered from Alzheimer's Disease.

"You don't see many men, especially men, who take care of their mother like he did," said Clark.

Deborah Robinson said Ketch was the one who used to take care of many in the neighborhood.

"She was the type of person that if you had a funeral, and then you didn't have all of your money or didn't have no money, they would bury, they wouldn't turn anyone around," said Robinson.

Robinson was close friends with Ketch for 40 years working as an assistant at the funeral home.

"She had a wonderful heart, she did things for the schools, and activities for the kids for Christmas, and did stuff for the families," said Robinson.

Ketch was the last owner of the funeral home, and the future of the historic site is unknown at this time. Robinson would like to see it re-open again.

"This business has been here for 100 years, and the people in the neighborhood are hurting because it's not open to serve them," said Robinson.

Clark agrees he would like to see this building booming again like the old days.

"I can see it start to go back in business because it's so old of a funeral home in the community," said Clark.

Whether the family keeps ownership or the home becomes a museum, the legacy of the old house on D'antignac Street will remain alive.

"It's a great woman that's going to be missed, this funeral home is Thomasina Ketch," said Robinson.


**Updated at 5:12 P.M. on June 9th, 2014**

The owner of the old Dent's Funeral Home was found dead inside on Saturday night according the Richmond County Coroner. Deputies were called to 930 D'Antignac Street, and found 85-year old Thomasina Ketch.

At this time no signs of foul play have been found. Ketch's body was sent for an autopsy to the GBI Crime Lab in Atlanta. The investigation is ongoing. News Channel 6 will keep you updated with the latest details. 
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