Cemetery in Lanett Bankrupt, Family Members of Buried Ones Cry Out For Help

Chambers County residents who’s loved ones are buried at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Lanett, Alabama say the place is falling apart.

They say the mausoleum roof is cracking, crypts are leaking, and, since the place went bankrupt, there’s no one to provide answers and no peace for the families of those buried.

Sad and angry because no one is taking care of the facility.

“There’s cracks in the concrete, there’s leakage from the roof, and in some places, its sunken in. And, we can’t get anyone to respond to do anything about it,” said Cynthia Walker, who has three family members buried at Resthaven.

Walker’s mother, father and brother rest in the mausoleum.

At one point, fluids were leaking out of her brother’s tomb.

“I can’t afford to move them. I have three relatives out here and I am on a fixed income. But, I can’t afford to sit back and watch the place cave on them either,” said Walker.

She even bought a spot next to her mother.

But, when the cemetery company went bankrupt, she lost thousands of dollars.

“This is the last thing you can do for a loved one. The very last thing. And to have this happen is heartbreaking,” said Walker.

Official numbers posted on the mausoleum and the funeral home doors. But, these women say calls do no good. No one will accept responsibility. And, they don’t know where to turn for help.

“We haven’t gotten respect from anybody over this and they aren’t even listed in the phone book anymore,” said Linda Manley, who is also frustrated with the conditions of Resthaven.

Manley’s husband pre-arranged his funeral here. Now, all that money is lost, too.

“I feel like they committed fraud. They take their money, they ran off with records. And, even though he had the papers to pay for his funeral, he lost all that. And, to me, that’s fraud,” said Manley.

The two women hope to spread the word about the situation here, get some answers and some action.

So, the final resting place of their loved ones can be cared for.

The Chambers County Sheriff has stepped in to help a bit. He’s arranged to have the lawn mowed at the cemetery.

First News also called those numbers posted at Resthaven. No one has called us back.

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