Wednesday, September 06, 2006

A place they may have taken you when you ain't dere no more, ain't dere no more itself

T-P: Alderwoods selling 4 local funeral homes
Katrina-damaged Bultman parlor among casualties

The Bultman home, acquired by Alderwoods in the 1990s, has operated under some version of the Bultman family name for 123 years. It has hosted services for numerous historical figures ranging from Confederate President Jefferson Davis to 1950s actress Jayne Mansfield. In recent years, funerals for oil tycoon Patrick Taylor and poet and painter Stan Rice, the husband of author Anne Rice, have been held at Bultman, a sprawling complex filled with art collected by the Bultman family.

Billy Henry, who has managed Bultman for 16 years, said the funeral home sustained damage during Hurricane Katrina that would be expensive to repair.

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