Man with stage 4 cancer says church told him he couldn't be buried in cemetery

- Max Pace doesn’t want to count down his days, but with his failing health, he knows it’s inevitable.

“Having stage four cancer of the lungs as well as to my kidney, it's going up to the upper portion of my head now,” he told FOX 46.

Pace called FOX 46, because there’s turmoil at his church, and he found out he and his wife might not have a final resting place.

Southside Baptist Church in Lincolnton has a rule.

“That anybody that belonged as a member of our church, if they passed away, they would have a free burial spot,” Pace explained.

That was Pace’s plan until he got a call saying otherwise.

“’You know you're not going to be able to be buried there anymore,'" Pace recalled.

“I said, ‘why?’ They said, ‘because you're not attending.’ I said, ‘well, I can't!’”

His failing health makes leaving the house a task, let alone sitting through a sermon.

We took his concerns to his church. They told us Pace doesn’t have a thing to worry about. He and his wife, as long as they’re members, will have their spots in the church’s cemetery.

FOX 46 told Pace what the church said. He did not confirm if they ever reached out to him directly.  

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