Former cemetery manager speaks about sudden shutdown - ABC 33/40 - Birmingham News, Weather, Sports

Former cemetery manager speaks about sudden shutdown

Posted: Updated:
BIRMINGHAM - AL -

The former property manager at George Washington Carver Memorial Gardens in Birmingham says she's as much in the dark about the cemetery's sudden shutdown as everyone else.  Several weeks ago, families intending to visit their loved ones found the business office closed and locked.

Marshae Taylor ran the office for 14 years.  She tells ABC 33/40 she was notified of the shutdown during a phone call with the owner, but he gave no reason for his decision and did not provide any instruction for notifying those affected.

That doesn't sit right with Melvin Hall, who visits the cemetery almost weekly, bringing flowers to the graves of numerous relatives buried there.  Hall calls the lack of notification "upsetting," adding, "I want answers on why they closed."

ABC 33/40 is continuing to follow this story and hopes to learn more during an upcoming interview with the attorney representing the property owner.  In the meantime, the state attorney general's office reports receiving five complaints about the cemetery, and the state Department of Insurance is still looking in to the situation.

  • Central Alabama NewsMore>>

  • Ex-band director at T.R. Miller High arrested on charges he had sex with students

    Ex-band director at T.R. Miller High arrested on charges he had sex with students

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:14 PM EDT2014-08-23 00:14:07 GMT
    A band director who just started a new job in Georgia appeared before a judge Friday on charges he had sex with several students at his former high school in Alabama.More >>
    A band director who just started a new job in Georgia appeared before a judge Friday on charges he had sex with several students at his former high school in Alabama.
    More >>
  • Civil rights protesters march at state capitol

    Civil rights protesters march at state capitol

    Friday, August 22 2014 7:22 PM EDT2014-08-22 23:22:20 GMT
    More than 20 people, including civil rights leaders and ministers, have marched around the state Capitol and Statehouse in the first day of a seven-day protest that stretches across the Southeast.Democratic state Sen. Hank Sanders of Selma says the marchers in Alabama are joining those in North Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida and Virginia to protest attacks on civil and human rights.The Alabama group marched around the Capitol and Statehouse in hot, humid weather Frida...More >>
    More than 20 people, including civil rights leaders and ministers, have marched around the state Capitol and Statehouse in the first day of a seven-day protest that stretches across the Southeast.Democratic state Sen. Hank Sanders of Selma says the marchers in Alabama are joining those in North Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida and Virginia to protest attacks on civil and human rights.The Alabama group marched around the Capitol and Statehouse in hot, humid weather Frida...More >>
  • Man charged in funeral home theft

    Man charged in funeral home theft

    Friday, August 22 2014 4:38 PM EDT2014-08-22 20:38:34 GMT
    Jerry William Duke charged with two counts of third degree burglaryJerry William Duke charged with two counts of third degree burglary
    A Shelby County man is in custody after police say he stole from the same funeral home twice. 32-year-old Jerry William Duke has been charged with two counts of third degree burglary. An undisclosed amount of money was taken from the funeral home in both instances.The two break ins occurred at the Midway Memory Gardens funeral home off of Alabama Highway 21 in Talladega County. Captain John McCoy with Talladega police confirm that Jerry Duke broke into the main building of the funeral home...More >>
    A Shelby County man is in custody after police say he stole from the same funeral home twice. 32-year-old Jerry William Duke has been charged with two counts of third degree burglary. An undisclosed amount of money was taken from the funeral home in both instances.The two break ins occurred at the Midway Memory Gardens funeral home off of Alabama Highway 21 in Talladega County. Captain John McCoy with Talladega police confirm that Jerry Duke broke into the main building of the funeral home...More >>
  • Birmingham Area NewsMore>>

  • Repair to 20/59 bridge near BJCC

    Repair to 20/59 bridge near BJCC

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:29 PM EDT2014-08-23 00:29:32 GMT
    The Interstate 20/59 bridge near the BJCC is living past its prime and the Alabama Department of Transportation is trying to keep up with its deterioration until a plan is put into place to replace the antiquated bridge. The 43-year-old highway carries twice the load it was designed to hold. Tuesday, August 26 ALDOT will conduct bridge repairs on I-59 southbound starting at 9:00 a.m. The road work on the Civic Center Bridge will be on the southbound side of Interstate 59, just north of the ra...More >>
    The Interstate 20/59 bridge near the BJCC is living past its prime and the Alabama Department of Transportation is trying to keep up with its deterioration until a plan is put into place to replace the antiquated bridge. The 43-year-old highway carries twice the load it was designed to hold. Tuesday, August 26 ALDOT will conduct bridge repairs on I-59 southbound starting at 9:00 a.m. The road work on the Civic Center Bridge will be on the southbound side of Interstate 59, just north of the ra...More >>
  • Friday Night Blitz coverage lineup for Week 1

    Friday Night Blitz coverage lineup for Week 1

    Friday, August 22 2014 7:43 PM EDT2014-08-22 23:43:29 GMT
    See the Game of the Week and other notable matchups to be covered on Friday Night Blitz...More >>
    See the Game of the Week and other notable matchups to be covered on Friday Night Blitz...
    More >>
  • Samford students move in

    Samford students move in

    Friday, August 22 2014 9:11 AM EDT2014-08-22 13:11:21 GMT
    700 freshmen move into their residence halls today at Samford. They will be greeted by volunteers and the Samford football team who will help them move all their stuff into their rooms.More >>
    700 freshmen move into their residence halls today at Samford. They will be greeted by volunteers and the Samford football team who will help them move all their stuff into their rooms.More >>
Most Popular
Stories
Videos
loading...
  • Latest StoriesMore>>

  • Tuscaloosa police officer arrested on domestic violence, sodomy charges

    Tuscaloosa police officer arrested on domestic violence, sodomy charges

    Friday, August 22 2014 9:34 PM EDT2014-08-23 01:34:49 GMT
    A Tuscaloosa police officer is on leave following his arrest in an alleged domestic dispute.More >>
    A Tuscaloosa police officer is on leave following his arrest in an alleged domestic dispute.
    More >>
  • Repair to 20/59 bridge near BJCC

    Repair to 20/59 bridge near BJCC

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:29 PM EDT2014-08-23 00:29:32 GMT
    The Interstate 20/59 bridge near the BJCC is living past its prime and the Alabama Department of Transportation is trying to keep up with its deterioration until a plan is put into place to replace the antiquated bridge. The 43-year-old highway carries twice the load it was designed to hold. Tuesday, August 26 ALDOT will conduct bridge repairs on I-59 southbound starting at 9:00 a.m. The road work on the Civic Center Bridge will be on the southbound side of Interstate 59, just north of the ra...More >>
    The Interstate 20/59 bridge near the BJCC is living past its prime and the Alabama Department of Transportation is trying to keep up with its deterioration until a plan is put into place to replace the antiquated bridge. The 43-year-old highway carries twice the load it was designed to hold. Tuesday, August 26 ALDOT will conduct bridge repairs on I-59 southbound starting at 9:00 a.m. The road work on the Civic Center Bridge will be on the southbound side of Interstate 59, just north of the ra...More >>
  • Ex-band director at T.R. Miller High arrested on charges he had sex with students

    Ex-band director at T.R. Miller High arrested on charges he had sex with students

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:14 PM EDT2014-08-23 00:14:07 GMT
    A band director who just started a new job in Georgia appeared before a judge Friday on charges he had sex with several students at his former high school in Alabama.More >>
    A band director who just started a new job in Georgia appeared before a judge Friday on charges he had sex with several students at his former high school in Alabama.
    More >>
  • Friday Night Blitz coverage lineup for Week 1

    Friday Night Blitz coverage lineup for Week 1

    Friday, August 22 2014 7:43 PM EDT2014-08-22 23:43:29 GMT
    See the Game of the Week and other notable matchups to be covered on Friday Night Blitz...More >>
    See the Game of the Week and other notable matchups to be covered on Friday Night Blitz...
    More >>
  • Civil rights protesters march at state capitol

    Civil rights protesters march at state capitol

    Friday, August 22 2014 7:22 PM EDT2014-08-22 23:22:20 GMT
    More than 20 people, including civil rights leaders and ministers, have marched around the state Capitol and Statehouse in the first day of a seven-day protest that stretches across the Southeast.Democratic state Sen. Hank Sanders of Selma says the marchers in Alabama are joining those in North Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida and Virginia to protest attacks on civil and human rights.The Alabama group marched around the Capitol and Statehouse in hot, humid weather Frida...More >>
    More than 20 people, including civil rights leaders and ministers, have marched around the state Capitol and Statehouse in the first day of a seven-day protest that stretches across the Southeast.Democratic state Sen. Hank Sanders of Selma says the marchers in Alabama are joining those in North Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida and Virginia to protest attacks on civil and human rights.The Alabama group marched around the Capitol and Statehouse in hot, humid weather Frida...More >>
  • Alabama lands commitment from 4-star linebacker Joshua McMillon

    Alabama lands commitment from 4-star linebacker Joshua McMillon

    Friday, August 22 2014 6:12 PM EDT2014-08-22 22:12:39 GMT
    Alabama's recruiting class is getting crowded. Four-star linebacker Joshua McMillon committed to the Tide, which already has 21 verbal commitments for it's 2015 class.More >>
    Alabama's recruiting class is getting crowded. Four-star linebacker Joshua McMillon committed to the Tide, which already has 21 verbal commitments for it's 2015 class.
    More >>
  • World record-holding Paralympian visits Anniston High School

    World record-holding Paralympian visits Anniston High School

    Friday, August 22 2014 6:00 PM EDT2014-08-22 22:00:23 GMT
    Blake Leeper told Anniston students Friday about the troublesome news that doctors shared with his parents on August 31, 1989. "Mr. and Mrs. Leeper, I'm sorry, but Blake was born missing both of his legs. I'm sorry, but the chances for Blake to even walk are very low," he told the Anniston teens.  Blake Leeper is now a gold medal winning runner and holds a world record for the fastest time in the 4x100 meter relay.More >>
    Blake Leeper told Anniston students Friday about the troublesome news that doctors shared with his parents on August 31, 1989. "Mr. and Mrs. Leeper, I'm sorry, but Blake was born missing both of his legs. I'm sorry, but the chances for Blake to even walk are very low," he told the Anniston teens.  Blake Leeper is now a gold medal winning runner and holds a world record for the fastest time in the 4x100 meter relay.More >>
  • Firefighters still in hospital after ice stunt

    Firefighters still in hospital after ice stunt

    Friday, August 22 2014 5:55 PM EDT2014-08-22 21:55:26 GMT
    A charity stunt that has grown into a social media phenomenon went terribly wrong for four Kentucky firefighters when a fire truck's ladder got too close to a power line after they dumped water on college...More >>
    Two central Kentucky firefighters are still hospitalized a day after they were shocked by a power line while helping out with an "ice bucket challenge."More >>