The deceased Julion Evans, pictured above (left) with his partner, died from Amyloidosis, a disease which attacks the body organs.
His partner and legally married husband, Kendall Capers and family had planned to bury him at the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church but hours before the ceremony, the church members read Evans’ obituary and saw Capers described as the “surviving husband.”
Reportedly, they promptly informed the family that the funeral could not continue, telling Evans mother, Julie Atwood that it would be “blasphemous” for her son’s funeral to be held at the church. The mother was apparently told the news as she stood at her son’s casket.
Atwood told newsmen it was “devastating.”
The church pastor TW Jenkins told KSDK, “I try not to condemn anyone’s lifestyle, but at the same time I am a man of God and have to stand upon my principles.”
The service eventually went ahead at the funeral home.