He was one real stand-up guy... and it is impolite to greet visitors while lying down..
During the wake for Lionel Batiste last week, some mourners mistook the New Orleans music legend for a mannequin.
Why? Because the bass drummer’s body was propped up in a standing position at the front of the room.
Even in death, the man known as Uncle Lionel was not without his whistle, cane and trademark watch wrapped around his palm.
Louis Charbonnet, who has been in the funeral business for 50 years, said that he had never done anything like the stand-up viewing.
Mr Charbonnet told The Times-Picayune: 'You have to think outside the box. And so he’s outside the box. We didn’t want him to be confined to his casket..