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Complaint: Autumn Woods cemetery unkempt

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Patricia Parker visits Autumn Woods Memorial Gardens regularly to visit her father, who passed away in July 2008. But lately she says the gravesites, including her father's, have been neglected.

"It hurts my feelings. I want to be able to walk up and see the stone we placed there with his name and information on it, without having to clean it off," Parker says.

On Tuesday, Parker just happened to have a pair of gardening shears in her car. She pulled them out and trimmed around her father's grave.

Parker says her family paid a one-time fee of $900 for the plot and perpetual care.

"They said it was for upkeep of the grounds, keep them groomed and maintained," she says. "I could get a refund and maintain it myself."

The recent rain has prevented detailed upkeep for the past few days. But during our visit Thursday, 3 On Your Side noticed where parts of the grounds seem recently cut, and other parts don't. There's longer grass between gravestones, and lots of weed growth along the pathways.

The owner of Autumn Woods is State Representative Earle Banks, an attorney who's running for Mississippi Supreme Court. We talked to Banks in 2009 when he complained about trash from a nightclub across the street.

"My staff has to come out here, cover up these trench marks, move the old boards, whatever rubbish and trash," he said at that time.

We asked Parker if she has been in touch with Banks.

"No. I've left several messages. Never have," she tells us.

3 On Your Side has also left messages with Banks, and we're still awaiting a call back. 

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