UPDATE: Cemeteries in mismanagement case to be sold

BOONEVILLE – Four cemeteries turned over to the secretary of state’s office in receivership last year are to be sold at public auction.
Prentiss Memorial Gardens in Baldwyn, Liberty Memorial Park in Booneville, Pinecrest Memorial Park in Calhoun City and Sunset Gardens Memorial Park in Laurel are being sold under an order from Chancery Judge John Hatcher, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said Monday.
“Since we were named receiver of these cemeteries our primary goal has been to place them back into credible, private ownership,” Hosemann said. “Judge Hatcher’s order moves us one step closer to that goal and hopefully provides some relief to Mississippi citizens whose loved ones are buried in these cemeteries.”
Hatcher last year turned the cemeteries over to the state after the owners allegedly misused the money that customers had paid in advance for burial expenses.
The biggest hurdle the secretary of state’s office has had to overcome is clearing up a $500,000 lien that former owner Don Middleton had taken out against the properties, Hosemann said.

Read more in Tuesday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.

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