• Action 9: Woman says cemetery inscribed another name on the back of her husband's headstone

    By: Don Griffin


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - When Willa Tucker's husband passed away seven years ago, she purchased his-and-her headstones, but she was shocked to discover that after they were installed in the ground, another deceased person's name was engraved on the back of her stone.

    "My heart stopped, my heart stopped," said Tucker, "I couldn't even understand how this happened."

    She located the family of the deceased person buried behind her stone and found out that they had paid Winecoff Memorials to do the engraving.

    Tucker is upset Winecoff never got her permission or paid her to use the back of her stone.

    "I feel like my rights have been invaded," said Tucker.

    Will said she has gotten nowhere complaining to Winecoff.

    She said the owner told her cemetery rules in Statesville allow the use of the back of gravestones.

    The spokesman from Winecoff said common courtesy would dictate that both parties work out the cost of sharing the gravestone. He is not sure what happened in this case.

    Tucker and Action 9 spoke to the owner of Winecoff Memorial.

    Dave Winecoff agreed to erect a new identical headstone for her and install a flat marker for the other family free of charge.

    Tucker is happy.

    "I appreciate your help," she said.

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