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SoS orders funeral home to cease and desist

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 from selling pre-need merchandise and ...

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Judge places two cemeteries in receivership

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 cemetery with over a half-million ...

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Hosemann extends cemeteries' cease and desist order

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 agency believes these two cemeteries ...

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Hosemann issues cease and desist order to cemeteries

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 these cemeteries have over $100,000 ...

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State passes cemetery ownership to Sharp

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 hard work of our staff, ...

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Secretary of State sells cemeteries for $1 each

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 bids were accompanied by commitments ...

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Judge's ruling gets state out of cemetery business

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 of State Hosemann. “Our team ...

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Hosemann opens bids for troubled cemetery

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 successful in clearing a $2.2-million ...

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Bids accepted on four troubled 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 cemeteries in shape to return ...

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Judge approves public sale of cemetery

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. Chancellor Barnes ordered the sale ...

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