Los Angeles Times
April 17, 2011
A drive-thru in Compton, California, with a glass-encased chamber for the coffin offers convenience to mourners.
Known for her flamboyant hats and dazzling jewelry, Bernice Woods relished being in the public eye.
So when the longtime community volunteer and former Compton city councilwoman died last month, her children opted to place her open casket in the drive-thru display window of Robert L. Adams Mortuary in Compton.
“My mother was a community person,” said Gregory W. Woods, 55, the youngest of the deceased woman’s 10 children. “She meant so much to so many people. It is only fitting and proper that she would be viewed this way.”
Adams funeral parlor, a fixture in Compton since 1974, brings to the business of death a convenience of the living: drive-thru viewing of the dead.
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