Coroner thought man was dead until he began kicking inside body bag

Coroner thought man was dead until he began kicking inside body bag

An elderly Lexington man had something of a rude awakening on Thursday morning when he found himself in a body bag at the funeral home.

Walter Williams’ recovery from being declared dead has all the officials talking about miracles.

“I asked the coroner what happened, and the only thing he could say is that it’s a miracle,” Holmes County Sheriff Willie March said.

It all started with what seemed to be a routine hospice call. Coroner Dexter Howard said he got a call from the family and one from hospice, both saying Williams died. He called Porter and Sons Funeral Home and met up with funeral home director Byron Porter, and they rode to the Williams’ house together.

Howard checked the 78-year-old lifelong farmer’s body and prepared him for transport.

“I did my part in checking him. I filed my paperwork, and we were ready to make the removal,” Howard said. “We got him to the funeral home and into the embalming room and noticed the kicking, and he began to breathe.”

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