Local family claims mistake on headstone
To the Editor:
A Rockdale County funeral director is facing a lawsuit in a dispute over a headstone. A Morgan County family claims George W. Levett Jr. of Levett Funeral Home in Rockdale County made a mistake on the headstone and refuses to fix it.
Bennie Lee Clark's family is embroiled in a heated battle with newly-elected Rockdale County coroner George W. Levett Jr. There is no headstone on Mr. Clark's grave at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in Rutledge.
Mr. Levett sold the family a double headstone after Mr. Clark's death in February 2011. It was to be engraved with the names of Mr. Clark and his wife, Josey, who plans to be buried beside her husband in the family plot one day.
Josey and her children claim that Levett made a mistake on the headstone order, inscribing Mr. Clark's name on the wrong side. When the family asked Levett to fix it, he offered to dig up Mr. Clark's remains and move him to the side of the headstone bearing his name.
The family is outraged, with his suggestion. Levett told FOX 5 in a phone interview that no mistake was made on his part that the headstone was engraved as ordered.
The Clark family has filed suit for the $700 headstone they paid. The family says it's not about the money, it's the principle. My family, don't want to be burdened with this when you have lost a loved one. The Clark family is eager for their day in court.
Editor’s Note: Much of this was taken from a news report by FOX 5 found at myfoxatlanta.com.
Printed in the January 31, 2013 edition