Friday, April 13, 2001

Thomas service moved to handle larger crowd

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The Saturday funeral service for Timothy Thomas has been moved from Joseph R. Garr funeral home in the West End to New Prospect Baptist Church in Over-the-Rhine to accommodate an anticipated large crowd.

        The Rev. Damon Lynch III, pastor of New Prospect, will officiate.

        The maximum capacity at the funeral home is 300, according to Stephanie DuBois, office manager for Garr, which is handling ar rangements. Church officials said their sanctuary can hold up to 500. There are no plans for handling an overflow crowd.

        “Many times, in incidents like this, the younger people will be standing in the streets during the funeral,” she said.

        While the funeral is public, no trouble is expected, according to Courtnee Garr, co-owner of the funeral home.

        “I'm sure there'll be a police presence downtown and that will diminish any concerns people have about that,” Ms. Garr said.

        “His mother (Angela Leisure) has been on the radio saying she wants this to be peaceful. ... If you want to come and give your support and give your condolences, that's fine.”

        Visitation begins 11:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by the funeral service at 1:30 p.m. at New Prospect Baptist Church, 1829 Elm St.

        Burial is private.

        Donations to Mr. Thomas' family may be made at any branch of Fifth Third Bank.


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