Cemetery Plots Oversold in Big Spring

by Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - What if someone told you, that your loved one had to be moved to a different cemetery plot. Well, that's the case for one Big Spring woman who claims the cemetery double sold her aunt's grave site.

Sandy Sharp buried her aunt four years ago at the Mount Olive Cemetery. Now, she's being asked to do the un-thinkable.

"I got a letter from the cemetery yesterday telling me that there is a slight confusion regarding where my aunt was buried," Sharp said.

She called the cemetery asking for an explanation and the answer she got was shocking.

"She said a lady owned the plot where my aunt is buried," Sharp said.

According to Sharp, the woman who owns the plot wanted to be buried next to her husband, so she's asking for Sharp's aunt to be moved. That request has led to outrage.

"Its not like they gave us the wrong pair of pants at the cleaners. They sold us a cemetery plot they say sold to someone else, you buried your relative in it and now they want to dig a relative up cause they made a mistake," Sharp said.

It's a mistake that could now land in a courtroom.

"Mrs. Sharp's desire is for her aunt to stay where she is buried and as long as whoever is managing assures us her aunt wont be moved, we wont take any action," Sharp's Attorney, Mike Thomas, said.

Since receiving the letter, Sharp's lawyer has contacted the cemetery lawyer. They're trying to figure out what to do.

"I don't know how this happened, this is not my problem, not my family's problem. I bought the plot in good faith and we want our family to stay together," Sharp said.

NewsWest 9 did talk to Southwest Cemetery Services, who manages the section of the cemetery where Sandy Sharp's aunt is buried, they say this happened before they were in charge but the attorney representing Southwest Cemetery Services is working with both families to resolve the matter.