Posts Tagged ‘cemeteries’

SoS orders funeral home to cease and desist

by MBJ Staff Published: December 19,2011

Tags: burials, cemeteries, death, funeral, funeral home, pre-need, state government

VICKSBURG — Williams Funeral Home in Vicksburg has been notified to cease and desist from selling funeral pre-need goods and services to the public and to pay $13,000 in fines to the State of Mississippi in a final order issued by Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. In 2008, Williams was ordered to cease and desist […] [...]

Judge places two cemeteries in receivership

by MBJ Staff Published: November 23,2011

Tags: burials, cemeteries, death, pre-need, receivership, state government, trust

PRENTISS COUNTY — Prentiss County Chancellor John Hatcher signed an order Tuesday placing Oaklawn Memorial Park of Booneville and Forrest Memorial Park of Corinth under receivership. Both cemeteries are owned and operated by Wayne Hight of Corinth. “Both cemeteries currently have zero dollars in their trust accounts. The Secretary of State’s Office cannot allow a […] [...]

Hosemann extends cemeteries’ cease and desist order

by MBJ Staff Published: August 25,2011

Tags: cease and desist, cemeteries, death, funerals, state government, trust

CORINTH and BOONEVILLE — The Secretary of State signed an order continuing a cease and desist order issued against Forrest Memorial Park of Corinth and Oaklawn Memorial Park of Booneville. Both cemeteries may no longer sell any pre-need goods and services to the public. “With over $100,000 missing from their perpetual care trust accounts, our […] [...]

Hosemann issues cease and desist order to cemeteries

by MBJ Staff Published: August 16,2011

Tags: cease and desist order, cemeteries, state government

CORINTH and BOONEVILLE — Forrest Memorial Park of Corinth and Oaklawn Memorial Park of Booneville have been ordered to cease and desist with all sales of pre-need goods and services to the public. “We are in the early stages of reviewing the books and records of these two cemeteries. Our examiners have already have statements […] [...]

State passes cemetery ownership to Sharp

by Wally Northway Published: November 15,2010

Tags: cemeteries, state government

VICKSBURG — The Secretary of State’s Office officially transferred the deed to Green Acres Cemetery to Harry Carter Sharp Nov. 12, completing the sale of the cemetery back to private ownership. “When our agency was first named as receiver of Green Acres, our outlook for this property was dismal at best. However, thanks to the […] [...]

Secretary of State sells cemeteries for $1 each

by Ted Carter Published: October 5,2010

Tags: cemeteries, Secretary of State

The Mississippi Secretary of State’s office will soon be out of the cemetery business in Laurel and North Mississippi. Two of the distressed properties went to a church and a non-profit group, respectively, for bids of $1, and the others went to a pair of funeral homes for bids of $12,500 and $20,100, respectively. The […] [...]

Judge’s ruling gets state out of cemetery business

by Wally Northway Published: September 24,2010

Tags: cemeteries, courts

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Following a joint investigation by the Office of the Attorney General and Secretary of State, four cemeteries placed into receivership have now been ordered sold by Prentiss County Chancellor John Hatcher. “We are now taking the final steps towards our goal of placing these cemeteries back into private, credible ownership,” said Secretary […] [...]

Hosemann opens bids for troubled cemetery

by Wally Northway Published: September 2,2010

Tags: cemeteries, receivorship

VICKSBURG — The Secretary of State’s Office has opened three bids placed on the Green Acres Cemetery. “Green Acres was the first cemetery to come under the Receivership of the Secretary of State and perhaps one of the most difficult to return to private ownership,” said Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “Initially, our office was […] [...]

Bids accepted on four troubled cemeteries

by Wally Northway Published: August 3,2010

Tags: acquisitions, cemeteries

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Four cemeteries placed into receivership of the Secretary of State are now one step closer to being placed back into private ownership, as bids on the properties were opened by Secretary Hosemann Aug. 2. “The opening of these bids was the culmination of a tremendous effort by our agency to get these […] [...]

Judge approves public sale of cemetery

by Wally Northway Published: July 19,2010

Tags: cemeteries, law enforcement

VICKSBURG — The Secretary of State Office’s successful effort to clear a $2.2-million debt against Green Acres Cemetery in Vicksburg has cleared the way to place the property up for public sale. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann negotiated the release of the debt with the lienholder at no cost to the state or the cemetery. […] [...]

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