Funny, Funny Stories From my days at Eden, P.D.

By Michael D. Martin, E.C.P.D.  Retired

About the author...Michael Martin (pictured front row, far right in the 1981 photo) is a retired veteran of 25 years on the Eden City Police Department, and has penned a number of anecdotal writings recalling his experiences.

LXI. A Funeral in Old Leaksville

     I am getting to be an old man and I guess Jim Fair and his family will be the last people who lay hands on me, so I won't write anything those boys might misconstrue. But I know a funny...

    Jim Fair and I went to school together and one of our classmates was Harry Wray. When Harry graduated Morehead High School he went to work for Dick Harris at Sugg-Harris Funeral Home just down the street from Fair Funeral Home. Harry married just out of school and one summer Harry and Margie went on Vacation. When Harry came home, he stopped by Sugg-Harris to pick up a paycheck that was owed to him. No one seemed to be there, 

    Harry could play a piano and an organ and Dick had a nice one sitting in the hall by the office so, to pass time until Dick returned, Harry sat at the organ and began to play a spirited rendition of Elvis Pressley's "you ain't nutin' but a hound dog" and Harry was into it pretty good when Dick came boiling out of the rear chapel where, it seems, they were holding a service and where the organ was hooked into the sound system. The preacher had just called for some music but "Hound Dawg" wasn't exactly what the good folks expected...Harry almost didn"t survive that one.

Michael D. Martin

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