“They currently do not have (a funeral director) on record,” Baugess said.
Despite the suspension and lack of funeral directors, owner Tammy Qualls said the home is not “officially” closed yet. But she acknowledged some of the struggles the business has had.
“We set out to do something really advantageous to the community,” she said. “It turned out to be a travesty.”
The Qualls are no strangers to conflict with the board. Jim Qualls had his license suspended in 2007 after being charged with stealing $88,000 from Porter-Qualls Funeral Home, also on South Yellow Springs Street. Porter-Qualls license is under review by the board for allowing Qualls to practice without a license, according to November board minutes.
Meanwhile, Qualls is also awaiting a ruling from Clark County Common Pleas Court for allegedly violating an injunction from the state board filed in 2010 to prevent him from practicing without a license. If found guilty, Qualls could be fined $250 or sentenced to up to 30 days in jail. Magistrate Melinda Reardon, who heard the case in October, has not yet ruled.
“I don’t know when (Qualls’ case) will be done, but it is a priority,” she said.
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