The San Marcos (Texas) Mercury
Freethought San Marcos: A column
by Lamar W. Hankins
Submitted on Thursday, 2 June 2011
Austin [Texas] funeral service icon Charles Walden lent his name to a misleading open letter that appeared, apparently as a paid advertisement, in the Austin American-Statesman, page A6, on May 26. The purpose of the letter seems to be to convince Austin area readers that the five Cook-Walden funeral service locations in the Austin area are the same now as they have been for the last 100 years. Of course, this is not the case. Cook-Walden originally had just one funeral home 40 years ago. It is now owned by Service Corporation International (SCI) – the largest funeral and cemetery chain in the world.
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