Georgia deputy shares powerful message about respect Southerners pay to funeral processions

COWETA COUNTY, Ga. — A Georgia deputy shared a powerful message about the respect people in the South pay to funeral processions -- and how we should extend the same courtesy to the living.

The Coweta County Sheriff’s Office shared the message from Deputy James Konger in a Facebook post.

Konger wrote that as part of his job, he has the honor of escorting funerals from the funeral home to the grave site. It’s common practice in the south for cars to pull over on the side of the road when a funeral procession goes by to show respect for the family and the dead.


Konger pointed out that people stop to show this sign of respect without knowing the person who died’s race or political and religious beliefs.

“Each car that stops and pulls over has no idea who we are escorting, nor do they know their race, religion, sexual orientation, economic status or political party affiliation,” Konger wrote. “Everyone just stops to show respect for the dead.”

Konger said he wishes people would treat each other with just as much respect in life as we do in death.

“If we could only show that same respect to the living, the world would be a much more pleasant place,” Konger said.