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State gives cemetery owner 90 days to clean up

Historic Eastview Cemetery conditions deplorable, families say

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SAN ANTONIO - The Attorney General's Office announced the state was granting Southern Memorial Eastview Cemetery owner Joann Ramon 90 days to clean up the site.

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"We were just horrified. The grounds were overgrown, the grass was up, not just the grave sites, but even over people's head stones. It looked forlorn. There was trash everywhere, the grounds were ridiculous," said Beverly McCall.

She said prior to Mother's Day, it had been two years since she visited her parents at the Southern Memorial Eastview Cemetery.

McCall thinks the lack of upkeep is a disgrace.

"If you can't afford (the) upkeep, take your name off of it. If it's your grounds, you are responsible," McCall said.

During the last year, loved ones have heard a slew of explanations from Ramon.

"They say that it's not a perpetual care, that it's a nonprofit, that there are vandals," Johnson said.

Bonnie Johnson said this is unacceptable.

"If you can't care for the property that you own, then you should turn it over to somebody who can," Johnson said.

Dozens of family members present at the Bexar County Courthouse Tuesday who make up the recently formed Cemetery Restoration Project were hoping a decision would be made as to the future ownership of the land.

They awaited a decision as to whether there would be a trial in the State of Texas vs. Ramon lawsuit.

"They tried to make some last-minute negotiations and the community is not in favor of negotiating anything," said Project Chairman Mario Salas.

Now, with the 90-day grant, that trial has been delayed.

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