Memphis mortuary shut down by state

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The J. O. Patterson Mortuary on Walnut Grove has shut down.

Numerous notices on the front and back doors of the business say the Tennessee Department of Revenue has seized the property for non-payment of taxes.

There are several hearses around the building that appear inoperable, and no one at the mortuary answered our phone calls Friday.

The state of Tennessee Department of Revenue said the specifics of what happened cannot be discussed, and no one would say when the seizure happened.

The family of COGIC Bishop J.O. Patterson owns the mortuary.

Bishop Patterson said his son Charles runs the mortuary, and was shocked to hear about the seizure.  Patterson said the business was operating on Thursday, because he said he called and talked with an employee.

The owner of J.O. Patterson Mortuary said Friday night a paperwork problem led to the state shutting down his funeral home.

Records showed the mortuary owes more than $13,000 in unpaid taxes.

But Charles Patterson said he does not owe any money to the state. He simply failed to send in the correct forms.

Patterson plans to be back open for business Monday morning.

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