StarPhoenix – July 17, 1979
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (AP)
Transportation and burial of a 747-pound man, one of the world’s largest twins, will create some problems for the operator of a Hendersonville funeral home.
“The coffin will weigh more than 1,000 pounds.” Said Charlie Jackson, whose funeral home must transport the body of 32-year-old Billy McGuire from Atlanta to Hendersonville today.
McGuire, who along with his 727-pound brother Benny was billed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s heaviest twins, died Saturday in Niagara Falls, Ont.
Jackson said the coffin is so large it cannot be transported north in a conventional hearse. The coffin, almost as wide as most are long, will be brought from Atlanta in a delivery truck.
It will have to be loaded and unloaded and even lowered into the grave at Crab Creek Baptist Church cemetery Thursday with a hydraulic lift.
“With all that weight there is no way we can use pallbearers. Ten men couldn’t carry it,” said Jackson.
He said the coffin can be moved through only the door at the funeral home.
“Luckily, we have one set of double doors,” said Jackson.
The brothers, who were known professionally as the McGuire Twins, were featured in magazines and made personal appearances as the largest twins in the world.