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Overgrown cemetery with knee-high grass considered a 'disgrace'

(WMC-TV) - A community cemetery is extremely overgrown and neighbors and families of the people buried there are not happy about it.

Hollywood Cemetery in South Memphis is almost unrecognizable.

The owners of the overgrown property, Carolyn and Calvin Hayes, surrendered their ownership July 1 and appeared in court August 26. Even so, nothing has been done.

Just one step in with a golf club in one hand, Randy Wade was disgusted.

"This is someone's grave. People have loved ones out here. And this is unacceptable, it really is. And it gets even worse," he said.

Tall grass and weeds surround graves at Hollywood Cemetery, a resting place for many that Wade tried to visit this week.

"I had one of my best friends here, Ricky Johnson is buried out here," he said. "And I happened to drive by and I was going come in and visit and I can't find him."

"If that was a family member, I would be angry, very, very upset," added Wade, whose complaint got the attention of Robert Hill, executive director of the Shelby County Trustee's Office.

It's a huge project, this particular cemetery is roughly over 22 acres in size. There is probably 3-4 years of overgrown grass," said Hill.

Now, Hill is working with Wade to contact county and state leaders.

All Wade wants is the grass trimmed, the tombstones cleaned, and respect paid to those at the cemetery.

Shelby County leaders say the former owners were cited to clean up the cemeteries.

Owner Calvin Hayes appeared in court August 26.

Details about who will clean up the cemetery and when are currently being worked out.

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