Cemetery defends guests after social media post, may review regulations

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There is really only one rule when you come to the Greenwood Cemetery.

“Everyone out here is special to somebody,” says Board member Howard Wickham. “We want everyone to respect everyone’s loved ones out here.”

Kristen Merritt says that rule was broken two weeks ago.

“What bothered me was they were not tending to their kids who were running across and messing around with flowers and taking flowers out of vases,” says Merritt.

Wickham, and the board who runs this cemetery, take these claims very seriously.

“I never seen that when I was here and the sheriff’s officer did not see it,” explains Wickham.

What you can barely see in the video, but what Wickham confirms, is a family which set up a canopy and was cooking out. He says the only thing the family was asked to do was tie up their dogs.

“They was probably celebrating someone’s birthday I would guess,” say Wickham.

Wickham says there is no rule against that, only that you have to be out before the sun sets.

“I don’t care if they celebrate they just need to be respectful,” says Merritt.

The video and posts on social media caused such a stir that a family with several generations buried in this cemetery came to check on their loved ones.

“Everything looks fine. Nothing is out of place or broken or anything like that,” says Summer Donnelly.

But with the recent attention Wickham says the board may have to look at some changes that may not allow cookouts and gatherings quite like the one two weeks ago.

“We might have to put more rules or regulations in to place and we really hate to do that,” says Wickham.

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