Casket maker offers free service to families affected by church shooting


Trey Ganem was so heartbroken by the shooting at First Baptist Church that he is offering to make custom caskets at no cost for families affected by the tragedy.

Ganem, owner of Trey Ganem Designs in Edna, Texas, “was so sad. He said we had to do something,” said his personal assistant Tiffany Sublett.

Edna is located about two hours from Sutherland Springs, where a gunman walked into a church Sunday  and shot and killed more than two dozen members and injured at least 20 others.

The gunman,  26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley, was later found dead in his car .

She said Ganem, who makes colorfully-designed caskets planned to meet with families  today. His company will pick up the cost of the first 15 caskets, she said. She said a business in a nearby town has offered to help with the costs beyond the first 15.

Victims ranged from 18 months to 77 years.

Ganem said “my heart is telling me to donate.”

Related:

First Baptist Church often posted videos of its services

7 ways to help the Texas church shooting victims and their families

The company made a video that is posted on its Facebook page.

“He was very taken aback,” Sublett said. “He needed to do something.”

According the company’s webiste, Ganem  was working as a hunting guide and providing taxidermy services out of the garage of his Texas home when he thought baout his funeral. He wondered what his casket would look like.

“ He thought about that plain metal box and knew he wanted more. He imagined a casket customized to represent his life and thought about something 'outside the box'. He asked himself, "What could I do to really make my casket represent my life?" 

 His company takes caskets to a new level to make a person’s “soul shine.” 


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Living

Chef Scott Peacock's guide to making perfect biscuits
Chef Scott Peacock's guide to making perfect biscuits

Biscuits are the stuff of legend. The mere mention of them conjures images of hearth and home, kindly grandmothers and good-smelling kitchens. A particularly well-made biscuit has been known to inspire proposals of marriage. People love eating biscuits. They love talking about biscuits. But when it comes to making them, the sad truth is that many people...
This Georgia man’s beard is ranked No. 1 in the country
This Georgia man’s beard is ranked No. 1 in the country

Shane Sheriff often grew a beard during the winter months and then shaved it all off come spring. But five years ago, he decided to toss his razors and let his hair keep growing, and growing. Since then, Sheriff’s ginger beard has expanded into a thick, lustrous beard with plenty of length. Sheriff’s beard, in fact, now stretches past his...
Radio/TV briefs: Mark Zinno subs at The Fan, Tyler Perry shows, Jon Mero out on ‘The Voice’
Radio/TV briefs: Mark Zinno subs at The Fan, Tyler Perry shows, Jon Mero out on ‘The Voice’

Mark Zinno. CREDIT: Twitter profile pic Posted Wednesday, November 22, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog Former 92.9/The Game evening host Mark Zinno subbed in this morning on 93.7/680 The Fan. He’s doing fill-in work for the holidays, said Fan owner David Dickey. Dickey...
Bohemian flair adds fun to festive home on Norcross holiday tour
Bohemian flair adds fun to festive home on Norcross holiday tour

Lamp shades, vintage pennants and antiques from across the globe spark Kim Doherty’s creativity during the holiday season. “I don’t think that my Christmas has ever been the same every year,” she said. “I like things changing and moving and evolving.” From the dressed-up porches to the colorful chicken coop, Doherty...
He used to solve crimes. Now he cleans up after them.
He used to solve crimes. Now he cleans up after them.

The man shot his wife first. Then himself. When cops arrived they found the murdered woman in a chair. Her husband’s body was on the sofa nearby. The scene was a tragic tableau. Atlanta Police Det. Pat Apoian was among the responders. As he and his colleagues processed the scene, he thought about what would happen once...
More Stories