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Dozens of families are asking what happened after they removed grave markers and flowers from a cemetery and dumped them in a Jackson cemetery. Shunta McWilliams was among about 50 people looking for answers Tuesday at Autumn Woods Memorial Gardens on W. Northside Drive. McWilliams’ daughter, 23-year-old Keunta McWilliams, is buried there. She was eight months pregnant when she and her unborn child were shot dead in December 2021. “That’s what I came up with, and I don’t think that’s right,” McWilliams said. McWilliams said, aside from a pile of flowers and grave markers — some of which have been burned — the cemetery has not been maintained because the grass is long and needs mowing. Earle Banks of Jackson is the owner and president of the cemetery. Banks acknowledged that the grass needed mowing, and said it was part of cemetery maintenance. The cemetery has a sign up that reads, “Temporary grave markers will be removed and not replaced approximately two weeks after burial. If you are interested in purchasing a permanent grave marker or vase, please talk to us.” Flowers and grave decorations will be removed Wednesday if they are “unsightly or interfere” with lawnmowers. Banks acknowledged that the pile of flowers and markers should be removed, but said he does not plan to change the cemetery’s policy. Banks said any family member can call his team and talk to them about their concerns.

Dozens of families were asking what happened after they removed grave markers and flowers from graves and dumped them in a Jackson cemetery.

Shunta McWilliams was one of about 50 people looking for answers Tuesday at Autumn Woods Memorial Gardens on W. Northside Drive. McWilliams’ daughter, 23-year-old Keunta McWilliams, is buried there. She was eight months pregnant when she and her unborn child were shot dead in December 2021.

“I came here, and I don’t think it’s right,” McWilliams said.

McWilliams said, aside from a pile of flowers and grave markers — some of which have been burned — the cemetery has not been maintained because the grass is long and needs mowing.

Representative Earle Banks of Jackson is the owner and president of the cemetery. Banks acknowledged that the grass needed mowing, and said it was part of cemetery maintenance.

The cemetery has a sign up that reads, “Temporary grave markers will be removed and not replaced approximately two weeks after the burial. If you are interested in purchasing a permanent grave marker or urn, please talk to us.”

The sign says flowers and grave decorations will be removed on Wednesday if they “unsightly or interfere” with lawn mowing.

Banks acknowledged that the pile of flowers and markers should be removed, but said he does not plan to change the cemetery’s policies.

Banks said any family member can call his team and talk to them about their concerns.

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Family seeks answers after leaving grave markers, flowers at cemetery


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