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Woodland Cemetery’s rules disrespect families

Published 10:37am Thursday, June 6, 2013

On Sunday, May 26, my sister and I took flowers to our mother’s grave at Woodland Cemetery. We left there at 12:30 p.m. When we returned six hours later, the flowers were gone.

Another gentleman there said his mother’s solar lanterns on a shepherd’s hook and flowers were gone he had put on that day. A couple that was there said her stuff was also gone.

These graves are on the Coal Grove side.

The couple had gone to the veterans’ dedication that day and said as soon as that was done she saw the Woodland workers were going around in the truck picking up flowers that were put on graves that day.

So you can’t tell me that they were going to cut grass that day. It is a shame that flowers can’t stay on graves for two days. I know the grass is not cut on that side seven days a week!

If this is the way it is going to be then nobody, including workers nor runners, should be allowed in there. Just keep the gates locked all the time.

Our mother died in 1989. We were told we could not have an upright stone there on that side. So we have taken four shepherd’s hooks up there to put flowers on, but they take them, too! So where are we supposed to put flowers?

I think we need a new cemetery board and other people to run the cemetery. Someone who has a little respect for others.

Regina Justice



It is now 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28, and I just came from the cemetery. I got there at 8:15 a.m. to retrieve the flowers from my parents’ graves, which I do every year.

Surprise! No flowers.

The cemetery crew had already removed them. Our family stones don’t have vases, so the flowers were on the ground.

Some people put a lot of money in flowers and can use them for several years. Why can’t the powers that be use a little common sense and give at least a day’s grace to remove them. The grass doesn’t need cut, so one day wouldn’t make a bit of difference.

Come on people, start using your heads for something besides a hat rack!

Paul Glanville


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