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Family claims grave site was paved over for church parking lot

This is where the family claims she is buried (Source: WMBF News) This is where the family claims she is buried (Source: WMBF News)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - One family in Little River is at a loss for words, claiming their family gravesite was paved over and turned into a parking lot.

Loretta Bagnal-Coates was raised in Little River and claims her grandmother, Frances DeMars McGinn, was buried at the Little River United Methodist Church cemetery in 1994.

Recently, her mother and aunt visited the grave, only to learn it was no longer there.

Loretta very emotional talking about her grandmother, someone who helped raise her in Little River.

“She would be the one who would meet me after school, help me with my homework, take me to Girl Scouts and dance,” said Bagnal-Coates.

The cemetery sits next to the Little River United Methodist Church.

“Admit their mistake, redo the parking lot and tear up the concrete, replace our markers and my grandmother's grave stone,” said Loretta.

Her grandfather’s head stone was still there, but not her grandmother’s.

Loretta reached out to the church as well as county officials, pleading for someone to just give her an explanation.

“That’s all I want. I’m not a big fighter but this wrong has been done to my family and I just want (it) rectified,” said Loretta.

According to Horry County, a permit to construct a parking lot was issued around 2003 or 2004.

Loretta said it’s been about a decade since she’s made it out to the gravesite, but she will continue to fight for her grandmother.

“The church is looking into it and if there are any issues we will certainly make it right,” said Little River United Rev. Russell Freeman when reached on Friday.

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