Family says cemetery re-sold their burial plots - CBS46 News

Family says cemetery re-sold their burial plots, CBS Atlanta gets action

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HENRY COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Selecting your family's final resting place is one of the most important decisions you have to make. It's something Barbara Preston prepared for more than two decades ago. She purchased four burial plots at Fairview Memorial Gardens in Henry County 21 years ago.

"When we got these lots it was for convenience. It was so that we could just pull up in a car and we would just have a couple of steps and they would have access to the gravesite," Preston said.

Preston paid more than $1,380 for the four gravesites in 1992. Today, she said they're worth $10,780. So you can only imagine how she felt when her perfect plan fell apart.

"When I started doing the footwork and I came here to the cemetery I realized two people had been buried in our cemetery lot," Preston said.

Preston said the cemetery sold her burial plots to another family a few years ago leaving her in a bad situation.

"My mother is very saddened and I need to be at home spending time with her and I need to be there right now, instead of here dealing with this," Preston said.

CBS Atlanta News contacted the corporate office for Fairview Memorial Gardens. Management told us they're working with the family in hopes of coming to a peaceful conclusion.

"I'm just burdened. It just makes me sick," Preston said.

CBS Atlanta News learned late Thursday that management at the cemetery has offered to settle with Preston. They will cut her a check for more than $10,000 on Friday so that she can purchase four burial plots at another cemetery.

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