Family heartbroken to see cemetery in 'poor' condition

Family upset over cemetery's poor condition
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - An Osceola family was heartbroken when they went to a local cemetery to visit their loved ones' graves and found it in bad condition.

Yolanda Daniels said her grandmother is buried at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Bassett.

"I'm devastated to see what my grandmother has to rest in," Daniels said. "She's been buried here 13 years now."

Daniels said grass and weeds have covered several headstones, including her grandmother's.

"I can't even get back to her grave because I'm scared of a snake," Daniels said.

She had to rip and tug at grass to find her loved one's headstone.

While looking around, Daniels found a dirty American flag laying on the ground.

"A veteran rests here somewhere," Daniels said. "This isn't right."

Daniels wants answers from those who own the cemetery. She wants to know how her grandmother can rest in peace in a lawn she said is not well managed.

"It's horrible when you get back there," Daniels said. "It looks like one of those horror movies. They throw you in and let the killers come find you. I'm not playing. It looks like one of Jason's cemeteries or something."

Region 8 News reached out to the Taylor Kimbrough Funeral Home, which cares for the cemetery.

Annie Kimbrough said they do not own it and are not liable for keeping it up.

"We do not get paid to take care of the cemetery," Kimbrough said. "We do it out of the kindness of our hearts."

Kimbrough said they had gotten behind on maintaining it because of the rain.

She stated that they are working to get a grant to fix the cemetery up. 

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