Rest in doubt at George Washington Carver Memorial Gardens

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The names on the markers are written in stone.

“Her name is Sherika Miller. She was 20 years old she got shot. She has a birthday coming up September 27th. I usually have doves that go up in the air on her birthday and I can’t have doves now,” said Starla Miller.

But apparently the cemetery’s public business records are not.

One 2012 report based on information from the Alabama State Department of Revenue lists Arnold Lefkovits as secretary for the cemetery’s business entity.

According to the Alabama Bar Association, he passed away in 2006.

Jack Paden, who is listed under business entity details on the Alabama Secretary of State’s website,  passed away in the late 1990’s.

A spokesperson for CT Corporation, listed as registered agent, says they have no involvement in running the business and only keep track of legal mail.

A cemetery customer gave us a manager’s name from a business card attached to her handwritten receipt.

We found two addresses listed for the name and drove to both. We couldn’t find her.

A neighbor directed us to another house where the woman’s sister in law tried to call her for us. She wants answers too, but no luck and again. The cemetery’s office phone is still disconnected.

Concerned loved ones of people buried at the Minor Parkway graveyard are confused and concerned about the word that the place was going to be closing, without any additional information.

“They’ve been selling plots. They’ve been selling plots all the way up until last month. And I know several people that have lots that they already paid for out here,” said Eddie Jemison.

Last Wednesday, a worker here told us the last funeral would be Saturday. the following Monday- we met the woman with the receipt for a burial plot. She says she paid 900 in cash in July- and doesn’t know whether it will be there for her when the time comes.  Other loved ones are worried that the cemetery will be abandoned-

“My husband cleared all the grass and everything from around there. Because you couldn’t even find the tombstone.”

“Flower bases. A lot of flower bases have been missing out here. A lot of flower bases been gone. And look over there where they had a body,” said Mario Prowell.

“They just buried somebody and look how they left it. They haven’t cleaned the dirt or nothing, no flowers. look how they left it!”

But they won’t give up on this place. Better yet, they can’t.

“Somebody’s going to hear us.  I’m asking the Lord. I’m asking the Lord we need some help with this here. We can’t let it go down like this here,” said Starla Miller.

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