Cemetery markers moved by caretakers

13News Now Niko Clemmons has the story

POQUOSON, Va. (WVEC) -- Stolen-- at least they thought.

A family is up in arms about missing foot stones at their loved one's graves.

One person posted on Facebook asking anyone about the missing markers at the Weston Cemetery in Poquoson.

But caretakers of the cemetery say the foot stones aren't missing at all.

Sherwood Emerson is a trustee at the cemetery.

He has been for the last 40 years.

He was kind of surprised when he heard that the family thought the foot stones were stolen.

“That's right and I don't blame them because it's their family,” Emerson says.

But, they're still there.

Emerson says over the years he's placed many foot stones beneath the ground, and out of the way of the men who come and cut the grass.

He's trying to keep the cost of cutting the grass down.

“We can't afford to have a guy come down with a 20-inch lawn mower because he will go up on the price, probably double,” Emerson says.

Emerson says he only moves the foot stones if the grave already has a visible headstone.
“I was kind of upset thinking someone stole the stones,” James Cochran says.

That was the initial reaction from the Cochran family when they came out to the Weston Cemetery one morning, only to notice that something was missing.

James Cochran says his step-mom is heartbroken.

At least she has been for the past few days.

“From the view it seemed someone was being rude,” Cochran says.

Three of the foot stones that sit in front of their loved one's grave are gone.

All that was left was a pile of dirt.

“You saw the markings of shovels and you think someone took it for Halloween decorations,” Cochran says.

Emerson is willing to work with the Cochran family and others if they want to move the foot stones in another spot.


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