Sale completed, cemetery finally out of receivership

Delbert Hosemann

Delbert Hosemann

PASCAGOULA — The sale to place Jackson County Memorial Park in Pascagoula back into private ownership has been completed.

“This is the end of a long road for Jackson County Memorial Park,” says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “Putting this cemetery back into private ownership provides stability for this cemetery moving forward. The new owner will be able to provide consistent maintenance from years of experience in the cemetery industry.”

Placed in receivership in 2008, complicated liens, tax claims and litigation had to be resolved by the Secretary of State’s Office before the cemetery could be offered for public auction.  Pascagoula attorneys Joseph White and Jim Heidelberg, along with the Secretary of State’s Office, worked to clear civil judgments, tax liens and litigation claims, which enabled the cemetery to be sold back to private ownership.

Terry Tutor was awarded the property after placing a public bid in the amount of $5,000. Tutor is president of Tutor Funeral Home Inc. He also owns Southern Memorial Gardens in Simpson County, Sunset Gardens in Laurel and Rosemont Gardens in Jackson.

The sale was approved by Judge Neil Harris in Jackson County Chancery Court.

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