Lonnie Holloway, 90, had a last wish and it was to be buried in the front seat of his most prized possession, his 1973 Pontiac Catalina.
This is a very unique request so hundreds in his town showed up from all over to see Holloway and his final wish come true.
“This day will be burned in our memories for years and years to come because ‘us’ ain’t never seen nothing like this before,” said the pastor at the burial.
“He was a unique individual. He said when he died, he didn’t want to leave his guns here because somebody might take them and shoot somebody, so he took them with him,” said his cousin Johnny McCloud.
Family members said when Lonnie’s wife died two years ago, he made the decision to be buried next to his wife in his car, with his guns.
“I’ve been in the wrecker business 30 years and this is the first time we ever buried anybody in their car,” said Rodney Minick of Saluda Body Shop.
Lonnie’s friend of more than 15 years, Charlie Daniel, says his burial is no surprise.
Daniel said, “I thought he was kidding, really, but he decided to do it, and when he says he’s going to do something, then he’d do it.”
While some family members say they did the burial because they knew it was Mr. Holloway’s last wish, others say they disagreed but went along because they knew it’s what he wanted.
Some family members disagreed with the decision, but went along with it because it was his last wish.
“I don’t like it but he told me a long time ago. He said ‘Sallie Mae, I’m going to be buried in my car.’ I said ‘Holloway, don’t make me ashamed’ and he said ‘If that’s going to make you ashamed, you’re going to have to be ashamed.’ I hope he made it,” said Lonnie’s sister Sallie Harris.
The car was placed in the ground and then covered with a concrete slab to keep the the guns and the car from being stolen.
Watch the ceremony in the video below!