Former Whitehall funeral director pleads guilty to drunk driving

Posted at 5:16 PM, Apr 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-14 17:16:45-04

MUSKEGON, Mich. — The former Whitehall funeral director accused of misleading a family into believing he had buried a woman’s cremated remains has pleaded guilty to drunk driving.

The Muskegon County Prosecutor’s Office says that Thomas Claude Clock III pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated, second offense in connection with a Jan. 9 incident.   He is still facing another drunk driving charge connected to a March 11 incident in Montague.

Clock turned himself in in March on charges of fraud, attempted larceny by conversion of at least $1,000 and conducting mortuary services without a license in connection with the empty urn case.

Muskegon County investigators say he buried an empty box in December — not the cremated remains of Helen Anthony. The Muskegon Chronicle says her remains were found in his van while he was in a hospital.

Clock was the owner-operator of the now-closed Clock Funeral Home of White Lake that’s located in Whitehall.

Clock is scheduled to be sentenced on the drunk driving charge May 23.   He is expected to be in court for the other drunk driving case April 20.

The Associated Press contributed to this report