Zachery Tims Death: Mourners Post Footage of Funeral Online (VIDEOS)

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  • Mourners who attended the funeral of Florida pastor Zachery Tims recorded short video clips of the Aug. 20, 2011 service held at First Baptist Church of Orlando.
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    Mourners who attended the funeral of Florida pastor Zachery Tims recorded short video clips of the Aug. 20, 2011 service held at First Baptist Church of Orlando.
By Nicola Menzie, Christian Post Reporter
August 23, 2011|10:53 am

Mourners who attended the Aug. 20 funeral for Zachery Tims recorded video clips of the Florida pastor's homegoing service and have published them online.

The four videos published on YouTube show the interior of First Baptist Church of Orlando, where Tims' funeral was held on Saturday.

In the videos, seen below, it appears most of the worship center's 5,500 seats were filled.

Among the speakers featured in the published clips are Paula White, pastor of Without Walls International Church in Florida.

White also spoke during the New Destiny Christian Center's (NDCC) Aug. 15 meeting organized to address "rumors and speculations" regarding Tim's death.

As she did during the Aug. 15 meeting, White on Saturday reminded mourners that she and her congregation would remain standing with NDCC's members to encourage them and love them during their time of mourning.

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Reactions among the thousands of YouTube visitors who viewed the video clips were mixed.

Some visitors who left comments on the videos thought it "disrespectful" and "despicable" for mourners to record Tims' funeral service.

Others, however, were grateful to have the clips made public and disappointed that church administrators and family members had decided to keep the Florida minister's service private, instead of streaming it online as previously announced.

"I am so happy someone posted this clip. I think it was extremely selfish that the family made the funeral private!!! Pastor Zachery Tims loved people. He would want it this way. His ministry was shared around the world and donations was received from around the world. How Selfish, not to allow everyone par take in his celebration of life. God Bless," wrote a YouTube user named "alyson1107".

Tims, who was found dead in a room in W Hotel in New York City on Aug. 12, founded NDCC with his then-wife Riva Tims in 1996.

Investigators in New York City have not yet determined what may have killed the Florida pastor.

Videos Of Zachery Tims' Funeral Service:


 

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