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Funeral arrangements set for 5 family members murdered in Elkmont

Limestone Chapel Funeral Home announced a combined funeral for John Wayne Sisk, 38; Mary Prater Sisk, 35; Grayson Kane Sisk, 6; Aurora “Rorrie” Grace Sisk, 4; and Colson Bain Sisk, 6 months.

Posted: Sep 5, 2019 11:04 AM
Updated: Sep 6, 2019 8:41 AM

Funeral arrangements are scheduled for the five members of the Sisk Family who were murdered in their Elkmont home late Monday. (Read more here)

The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office said a 14-year-old boy in the home confessed to shooting his father, stepmother and three siblings. Family members have identified him as Mason Sisk. Mason Sisk is listed as a surviving son and brother of the victims.

Limestone Chapel Funeral Home announced a combined funeral for John Wayne Sisk, 38; Mary Prater Sisk, 35; Grayson Kane Sisk, 6; Aurora “Rorrie” Grace Sisk, 4; and Colson Bain Sisk, 6 months.

Funeral services will be at Lindsay Lane Baptist Church. Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Saturday. Church services will begin at noon. The burial will be private for family only.

The funeral announcements included details on the lives of the family members.

Mary Sisk “was kind, big-hearted, loved children and teaching. She lived for her husband and children.”

Grayson Sisk “attended school at Elkmont and graduated from Gurley kindergarten in May. He was fun loving, inquisitive and loved learning, mostly Science.”

Rorrie Sisk “was a princess. She was always quick witted and smarter than the boys.”

Colson Sisk “was a happy baby who always smiled.”

Pastor Dusty McLemore, the senior pastor at Lindsay Lane Baptist Church, tells WAAY 31, "I expect it to be a full house. When you have five caskets gonna be here and five people in one family, it affects a lot of people even though people may not know the family."

The number of people expected to attend this weekend's service is far more than the Limestone Chapel Funeral home can hold, so they asked the Lindsay Lane Baptist Church in Athens for help.

The funeral home told WAAY 31 it donated two caskets for the children, while the infant will be buried with his mom. It also said the whole family's funeral expenses are being taken care of, but details on who is providing that is not being made public.

"Everybody is in such shock, because it's such a small place. We never thought anything like that would ever happen in Elkmont, so everybody is just in tune with what's going on," said Tina Braswell, who lives in Elkmont.

Pastor McLemore says he never met the Sisk family and no one has selected a pastor to officiate Saturday's service. He expects to see a lot of people in the pews who didn't know them either.

"Anytime somebody has a tragedy, people rally to help the family and help support the family and those relatives who are left behind," he said.

The Sisk family will be buried privately at the Gatlin Cemetery in Ardmore.

See more on the announcements, send flowers, and leave memories on the funeral home’s website here

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