Posts Tagged ‘cemetery’

Sale completed, cemetery finally out of receivership

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 […] [...]

SoS puts Coast cemetery up for public auction

PASCAGOULA — Jackson County Memorial Park in Pascagoula is now up for public auction. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann was appointed co-receiver of the property in 2012. “The former owner left the cemetery virtually bankrupt. Our agency was requested by a judge to resolve complicated liens, tax claims and litigation against Jackson County Memorial Park. No one […] [...]

New business accused of stealing from cemeteries to build inventory

CORINTH — Three people who authorities say planned to open a florist shop with items stolen from a local cemeteries have been arrested by Alcorn County deputies. Sheriff’s department investigator Reggie Anderson tells the Daily Corinthian that the three were arrested after a tip from the public. Each was charged this past week with destroying […] [...]

Deadline nears to file claims at troubled cemetery

GREENVILLE — Former Greenlawn Memorial Gardens owner Steve Ragland was laid to rest in the late 1990s. His successors’ clients haven’t rested since. After Ragland died, those who took control of the cemetery collected tens of thousands of dollars from people who prepaid for burial plots, grave markers, crypts and related items and services. According […] [...]

Cemetery out of receivership, gets new owner

by MBJ Staff Published: May 29,2013

Tags: acquisition, burial, bury, buy, cemetery, dead, death, preneed, purchase, receiver, receivership, sale, sell, state agency, trust

BOONEVILLE — Oaklawn Memorial Park in Booneville has a new owner. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann announced the sale to Jeff Rencher of Corinth. “When our agency was first named as receiver of Oaklawn, the books, records and finances of this cemetery were in shambles,” said Hosemann.  “Our staff has worked diligently to piece this […] [...]

Cemetery owner gets four years for mishandling trusts

by Associated Press Published: January 8,2013

Tags: burial, bury, cemetery, court, government, judge, justice, law, misappropriation, pre-need, prison, sentence, state, stealing, steral, trust

BOONEVILLE — Cemetery owner Wayne Hight of Booneville has been sentenced to serve four years in prison for failing to properly fund pre-need burial trusts. Assistant District Attorney Richard Bowen tells The Daily Corinthian reports Hight also was ordered to pay restitution of more than $500,000. Bowen said Hight, 74, pleaded guilty Friday in Alcorn […] [...]

Cemetery owner indicted; accused of mishandling pre-need funds

by MBJ Staff Published: November 19,2012

Tags: cemetery, death, dying, funeral, government, indict, indictment, law, pre-need, state, trust

TUPELO — Cemetery owner Wayne Hight of Corinth has been indicted, according to a news release from Lee County District Attorney Trent Kelly and Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. Hight has been indicted for failing to fund at least 85 percent of funds received for funeral services and merchandise as required by state law and […] [...]

Business owner accused of bogus tombstone transactions

NATCHEZ — A Natchez business owner has been arrested and charged with felony false pretense, according to the Attorney General’s Office. Dwight Gibson, 45, owner of Clear Creek Monuments in Natchez, was arrested by investigators of the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division and the Adam County Sheriff’s Office on two counts of felony false pretense. […] [...]

Historic Spring Hill Cemetery getting new life

by Associated Press Published: August 24,2012

Tags: burial, bury, cemetery, cultural tourism, culture, dead, death, graveyard, historic, history, tourist, visitor

HERNANDO —  Spring Hill Cemetery was recently named to the National Register of Historical sites and officials are discussing how to continue with improvements to the grounds. “Your oaks are going to be Southern red and blackjack oaks,” said Chad Pope, an ecologist with the Strawberry Plains Audubon Center in Holly Springs. He recently went […] [...]

SoS seeking information from plot owners

by Wally Northway Published: September 22,2009

Tags: cemetery, pre=need trust, state government

Due to the inconsistent and incomplete recordkeeping of pre-need trust accounts in the four cemeteries owned by Don Middleton of Rogers Memorial Management and currently in receivership, the Office of the Secretary of State will hold public information gathering meetings across the State to compile more accurate account information. “Don Middleton has depleted the trust […] [...]

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