Man wakes up in body bag at funeral home

Man wakes up in body bag at funeral home

February 28th, 2014 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

Walter Williams was pronounced him dead at his home Wednesday, but awoke in a body bag at a funeral home.

Photo by WRCB-TV Channel 3 /Times Free Press.

LEXINGTON, MS - Workers at a Mississippi funeral home say they found a man alive and kicking when they opened a body bag.

Holmes County Coroner Dexter Howard calls it a miracle that 78-year-old Walter Williams is alive.

The coroner was called to Williams' home in Lexington, a community north of Jackson, where family members believed he had died.

Howard says Williams had no pulse and was pronounced dead Wednesday at 9 p.m.

Early Thursday, workers at Porter and Sons Funeral Home were preparing to embalm Williams when he started to kick in the body bag.

Family members were called and Williams was taken to a hospital. Howard says he believes Williams' pacemaker stopped working, then started again.

Family members say Williams, a farmer, told them he's happy to be alive.