Pastor refuses to bury long-time church member over money

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HOUSTON — The family of 93-year-old Olivia Blair is in disbelief after being told Fourth Missionary Baptist Church pastor Walter Houston refused to bury her.

Barbara Day said her only wish for her mother was to be buried “in the church that she loved and worshiped all of her life, even as a little girl.”

Day told KRIV her mother was a church member for 50 years but had been sick for nearly a decade and in a coma for the past two years.

Houston defended his decision, saying Blair was, “no longer a member of the church because she had not supported it financially in the last 10 years.”

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