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Close call: Man wakes up in body bag at funeral home

March 1st, 2014 12:59 pm by Associated Press

Close call: Man wakes up in body bag at funeral home

LEXINGTON, Miss. — Workers at a Mississippi funeral home found a man alive and kicking when they opened a body bag.

Holmes County Coroner Dexter Howard called 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 said 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 said he believes Williams' pacemaker stopped working, then started again.

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

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