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Grieving woman: Reverend took money but never delivered headstone

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An Atlanta woman said she paid a Henry County man more than $1,000 for a headstone that was supposed to be ready in four weeks, but never arrived.

Joann Glass says her mother was like no other. 

"She meant everything to me. She was the world to me," said Glass. 

Last spring MaeBelle Glass passed away, devastating her family. 

"It's just hard, I have my moments," Joann Glass said. 

Joann Glass had big plans for MaeBelle Glass' gravesite. 

"I wanted to make sure she had a final resting place where I could go sit down and talk to her. I had lots of plans for her memorial," Joann Glass said. 

She says a friend suggested she talk to Rev. Fred Gambrell and his company, Memories in Stone, about a headstone.

"I was supposed to get a headstone, a black headstone with my mother's picture on it and it was supposed to say 'Beloved mother and grandmother,'" Joann Glass said.  

Joann Glass wrote Gambrell a $1,100 check at her bank.  

"He did the contract and I asked the manager if she could make a copy of the check, which she did, and he signed it and I asked him how long would it take and he said four weeks," said Joann Glass.

Joann Glass said she paid Gambrell back in October. She says since then, it's been a steady dose of excuses, when she can get in touch with him.

"There was a period of time when he refused to take my phone calls - I called him from my house phone, my cell phone," said Joann Glass.  

It has been 10 months since MaeBelle Glass' death and Joann Glass' grand plans for her mother's gravesite remain unfulfilled.

She said she's too hurt and embarrassed to go to the grave because the only thing marking the site is a number.

"To go out there and you cannot identify her, it hurts. I just feel like I have let her down when it comes to this," Joann Glass said.

CBS Atlanta News contacted Gambrell about the headstone and he promised he would deliver it Thursday.

He blamed the weather for the delay and said making the headstone took a lot of time. Gambrell also promised to send a picture of the finished headstone to CBS Atlanta.

It has not arrived. CBS Atlanta will check back Thursday to see if Gambrell delivers the headstone.

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