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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 24, 2011
 
CONTACT: Pamela Weaver, (601) 270-4100

Northeast Mississippi Cemeteries Ordered to Cease and Desist

Jackson, MS— The Secretary of State signed an order continuing a Cease and Desist Order issued against Forrest Memorial Park of Corinth and Oaklawn Memorial Park of Booneville.  Both cemeteries may no longer sell any pre-need goods and services to the public.  

“With over $100,000 missing from their perpetual care trust accounts, our Agency believes these two cemeteries may no longer adequately serve the public,” says Secretary Hosemann.  “It is important to the Secretary of State’s Office to protect the interests of consumers, and that is our goal by continuing this Order.” 

Forrest Memorial Park and Oaklawn Memorial Park are owned and operated by Wayne Hight of Corinth.  Hight Funeral Home is located on property which adjoins Forrest Memorial Park.  The funeral home is not currently subject to the cease and desist order. 

This cease and desist order is for future pre-need sales only for vaults, markers, and grave opening/closing services paid in either a lump sum or monthly installments. 

If you have a contract with these two cemeteries and have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Regulation and Enforcement Division of the Secretary of State’s Office at (601) 359-9055.  

 Unless a purchase is funded with an insurance policy, cemeteries are required to trust 85% of all preneed sales for vaults, memorial markers, and grave opening/closing services.  Additionally, 15% must be maintained in a separate perpetual care trust on all sales of grave spaces to ensure the long term care and maintenance of the cemetery grounds. 


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