- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

OCALA, Fla. (AP) - A quirky but historic landmark has been demolished in central Florida - a drive-through funeral home.

Rev. Leon Thomas wanted to add more parking spaces to his Westside Serenity Funeral Home more than 30 years ago, but the city wouldn’t let him. So Thomas found a large drive-through bank teller window and installed it on the side of the building. Now, mourners could view their dearly departed without ever leaving their cars.

The Ocala Star-Banner (http://tinyurl.com/ojn9b7t ) reports the funeral home used the deposit drawer to keep the register for visitors to sign.

Thomas said some were skeptical of the drive-through at first. But the idea caught on and people were soon requesting it.

The funeral home, believed to be among the first drive-throughs in the U.S., was demolished earlier this week.

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Information from: Ocala (Fla.) Star-Banner, http://www.starbanner.com/

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