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Re: Mt. Carmel Cemetery, memphis tn

My mother was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in 1993. I traveled to Memphis in 2007 and was appalled by the disrespectful conditions in which I found her gravesite. From the moment I set eyes on that desolate place, I vowed to move her to a better location. I spoke with family members regarding disinterment, and am currently in the process of researching the official process. I came across the email chain online and also read the article in the Memphis Flyer, titled ‘Stiffed’ .
Per the article, “To bring action against the cemetery in chancery court, at least 5 percent of, or 10, lot owners and next of kin of lot owners (whichever number is smaller) can petition the local district attorney general. If the court finds that the cemetery is not maintained as the Cemetery Act provides, it can appoint a petitioner to perform the maintenance and then assess the costs to the company. “
The fact that family members would have to file a court petition in order to force the owners to maintain this cemetery is outrageous. Next month I will travel to Memphis again, and I am fearful of the condition in which I will find this cemetery. …..
My desire is to have my mother moved. However, If I am unsuccessful in obtaining a permit for disinterment, the next course of action would be to file a petition against the owners of the cemetery.
If anyone is interested in banning together to bring dignity and respect to those buried at Rose Hill Cemetery, please let me know. According to Tennessee state law , the owner of this cemetery is in direct violation. Read section 46-4-101. The owners of that property are ignoring the law, because we are allowing them to.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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