By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Cathy Griggs is disturbed about the condition of Oakridge Cemetery. She said that the area is not being properly maintained by the city.
“The only (graves) that look decent are the family-maintained plots,” she said.
Griggs, a Madison native who is currently staying with family outside Madison, provided the newspaper with photos of some of the plots, fences and graves that have been neglected.
“It’s not just my family. A lot of families have busted up stones,” she said.
Some of the headstones that have been knocked over or broken are in the Webb-Goza plot.
“There are Warings buried there,” Griggs said.
Griggs shares a photo of a wrought iron fence that has been bent off.
“Joe Hart and his wife are buried there,” she said.
She said that she’s been watching over Oakridge since Oct. 16 and she’s disturbed with what she has seen. Her father is buried in a cemetery down south that is well-groomed and properly maintained.
Griggs said that she had sent an email to the City of Madison “but they fired the city manager,” she said, “so I guess that ended that.”
This writer forwarded her photos to Madison City Commissioner Jim Catron. Catron has promised to look into the matter. As a city commissioner, Catron’s hands are practically tied because he cannot give direct orders to city employees.
Griggs had planned to address the city commission at its Nov. 8 meeting.