The Tennessee Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers has dismissed a complaint against Winchester funeral director Thomas Henry North Jr. and the entities he is affiliated with after an investigation found inconclusive evidence against him.
He was accused of displaying inappropriate conduct and being disrespectful to deceased persons in three different instances in a complaint filed in June 2017.
North operates Watson-North Funeral Home, Cremation Center & Memorial Park and Whispering Winds Crematory at 405 Sharp Springs Road in Winchester.
A press release from the board, which is a branch of the Department of Commerce and Insurance, says an investigation found “a lack of cooperation by witnesses and a lack of corroborating evidence” to support allegations against North.
North’s funeral director and embalming licenses were suspended, but the funeral home’s establishment license was not suspended, and the funeral service operations were allowed to continue.
The press release says that North’s licenses shall be reinstated with the board’s decision.
The press release says that during the course of the investigation, witnesses provided affidavits of acts by North that would be violations of the board’s rules and statutes.
The affidavits were brought to the board to determine whether North’s licenses should be summarily suspended based on an immediate harm to the health, safety and welfare of the citizens.
However, during the course of preparing for a hearing, the department determined there was insufficient evidence in the case and dismissed the complaint.