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Local businesses willingly step up to clean up cemetery

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There were a lot of heartbroken relatives saddened that their loved ones' place of resting had simply been abandoned. There were a lot of heartbroken relatives saddened that their loved ones' place of resting had simply been abandoned.

(WMC-TV) - Relatives with family members buried at Hollywood Cemetery have spent Friday visiting their loved ones buried there. But for the first time in year the relatives were able to see the graves.

Sharnetta Head just stood in silence. A daughter seeing her mother's grave for the first time without having to tread through knee-high grass. Rven once she found it, the marker was covered with dirt and weeds.

"Coming over here not being able to see her, knowing where she is was heartbreaking," said Head.

There were a lot of heartbroken relatives saddened that their loved ones' place of resting had simply been abandoned. It had not been maintained for three to four years. The owners finally gave it up this summer.

The case was heard in environmental court.

"Those people who lived in this city and worked in this city and helped this city, then died in this city, and were buried in this city deserve no less," said Shelby County Environmental Court judge Larry Potter.

Now businessmen in the community are stepping it up; one owns a cleaning company and the other a lawn service. For the men's personal success they give credit to the community and now are paying it forward.

Workers at Cut Above Lawn Service, LLC are giving their time and resources to cut the grass, landscape and repair the headstones.

"We were sitting down in my house, and we said, 'Somebody should do something about it.' And the light bulb went off. [We] said, 'Why wait? It could be us,' " said Nicolas Threlkeld, Cut Above Lawn Service, LLC.

Edwin Dorsey's business Grace Superior Cleaning is also stepping in to help.

People like Head are amazed at the kindness of strangers who do not even know anyone buried in the cemetery, but are committed to keeping it up.

"It takes a special kind of person to have that kind of compassion for another human being with their family," said Head.

What was a place people only stared at from a distance will now again be a place of memories, love and reflection.

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