JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) - More and more developments are emerging regarding George Washington Carver Memorial Gardens filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which occurred Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
CBS42 is told state investigators surveyed the cemetery Tuesday morning, and their investigation is ongoing.
Reached on Tuesday, State Representative Juandalynn Givan said the cemetery is making plans to file for bankruptcy.
“Carver's attorney will be seeking the court to name a trustee, an interim trustee that will come in, and then that trustee, of course, under the Chapter 7 laws will begin the processes of speaking and communicating with the various creditors,” Rep. Givan said.
Funerals are also planned at the cemetery later this week. However, those funerals will not include the management.
The recent developments have left many who have loved ones buried at the cemetery with lingering questions.
Marian Thomas is missing prepaid markers purchased for the burial sites of her parents, and the future of those markers remains in limbo, because Thomas has no way to contact management.
“I don’t even know whether the markers were even made to go on the grave site,” Thomas said. “You have no way of contacting anybody.”
However, a local businessman who is familiar with the cemetery says families with paperwork that can prove someone owns a prepaid plot can proceed with funerals, and he’s willing to help.
“I think it’s pretty bad myself, but it is a problem and we’re all going to have to work together on getting it straightened out,” said Fred Reed.
Reed says two services are planned at the cemetery for later in the week.
Rep. Givan says the investigation will continue into what has been going on at the cemetery.
CBS42 has reached out to the attorney who would be handling the bankruptcy filing, but was told there would be no statement at this time.
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