Joe Frazier Funeral – Funeral services are taking place in Philadelphia for Joe Frazier today. However, the family informs the press that there is drama surrounding the Hall of Famer boxer’s body. The children want him brought to his hometown of Beaufort, S.C., for final burial.
The source tells says that the prospect of a lawsuit has been brought up by one of his 11 children who seeks to give their father a special sendoff in Beaufort, where he grew up and was known by locals as “Billy Boy.” That sibling wants the Beaufort burial; other siblings are against the Beaufort burial, and want him buried in his adopted hometown, Philadelphia.
Drama also exists in regards to costs for the services. On Friday and Saturday, Smokin’ Joe lay in state at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philly so fans could say their goodbyes. Further costs would be incurred in S.C., though officials there, and local businesspersons are said to be picking up some of the expense.
Floyd Mayweather, the flashy, trash-talking hitter, quickly volunteered to write a check when he heard of Frazier’s passing. “My condolences go out to the family of the late great Joe Frazier. #TheMoneyTeam will pay for his Funeral services,” he tweeted. But the source says that other people have dug into their pockets to help. “Hollywood people have helped out. Will Smith has given a ton,” the source told us.
One other prominent ex-fighter also wrote a check, but when the press reached out to him to get more specifics, he asked not publicize his good deed. Smith also didn’t send out a release about his donation, for the record.