published Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Tennessee: Bride's father dies after scuffle with pastor

PARSONS, Tenn. — A man reportedly upset over the seating arrangement at his daughter's Cinderella-themed wedding died after he hit his head in a scuffle with the pastor, authorities said Thursday.

District Attorney Hansel McCadams said officers were called to Amazing Grace Ministries on Saturday because of a disagreement between 58-year-old Joseph Tucsnak and Pastor Chris Warren.

Authorities said Tucsnak returned to the church Monday to confront Warren. McCadams said Tucsnak went to his vehicle and came back with a hand in his pocket and lunged at the pastor.

Police said Warren then pushed Tucsnak, who fell and hit his head on the pavement. Tucsnak died from his injuries Tuesday at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville.

McCadams didn't know exactly why Tucsnak was upset, but said police were continuing to investigate. No charges have been filed.

It was not clear Thursday if the bride and groom were on their honeymoon.

A person who answered the phone Thursday at the church hung up on an Associated Press reporter who was seeking comment from the pastor.

WSMV-TV in Nashville, which first reported what happened, said the wedding had a Cinderella theme and the seating arrangement spurred the dispute. Tucsnak worked at a truck stop restaurant, the station reported.

An autopsy was planned.

Parsons is some 110 miles northeast of Memphis.

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XGSBoss said...

Next time Pastor Warren starts screaming that hellfire and brimstone crap I bet his congregation sits up a little straighter!

September 2, 2011 at 12:14 p.m.
terrybham said...

There probably won't be many family reunions that include both families. That might be a bit awkward.

September 2, 2011 at 12:26 p.m.
NoMyth said...

More good church-goin' folk. Oh, the hypocrisy.

September 2, 2011 at 3:10 p.m.
easyeintn said...

Myth... that makes no sense. First, it was Cinderella themed so probably not all that church-goin', and the preacher defended himself in a fight. Way to try to slip a sterotypical hypocrisy reference in there. Whine much?

September 2, 2011 at 5:01 p.m.
Onceuponatime said...

First off why was the Bride's father upset with the priest about the seating arrangement. It's usually the bride and her mother who chose the seating arrangement.

September 2, 2011 at 5:11 p.m.
ceeweed said...

A modern day Grimm's Fairy Tale. A little too grim.

September 2, 2011 at 6:26 p.m.
rolando said...

My sympathy goes out to the bride. This is a wedding memory she will carry...

Talk about nightmares. Hopefully the bridegroom was up to the task of comforting her.

September 2, 2011 at 6:31 p.m.
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