The Richmond Register

Lifestyles & Community

June 10, 2014

Happy to honor his wishes

RICHMOND — During a tractor show at the Madison County Fair several years ago, Milton Flannery told Shannon Combs, part-owner of Combs Parsons and Collins Funeral Home, that he would like to be taken to the cemetery in an antique tractor and wagon, Combs said.

Saturday, Flannery’s funeral service wishes came to fruition, as Flannery’s lifelong friend Ralph Reams pulled Flannery’s casket and pall bearers on a wagon down Main Street with a John Deere tractor.

Pall bearers and Flannery’s grandson wore overalls and sat on haybales in the wagon from the Combs Parsons and Collins Funeral Home to the Richmond Cemetery.

Per his request, Flannery was buried in his overalls.

Flannery was a steam engine and antique tractor owner and enthusiast who was involved with many antique tractor and steam-engine clubs, Flannery’s daughter Deana Flannery-McDaniel said. He particularly loved John Deere, she said.

Combs said the funeral home has had fire department members transported in fire engines, but nothing as unusual as a tractor. “We were happy to honor his wishes,” Combs said.


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