Cemetery’s new owners hold much promise

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 9, 2004

For too long, the situation at Carver Memorial Cemetery has been a troublesome one. Apparent neglect, for one thing, has upset many families who have loved ones buried at the East Washington Street site. But a Virginia Beach firm’s recent purchase of could be the long hoped-for solution.

Last Wednesday, DD&B Carver Cemetery LLC paid $200,000 to Abraham Applewhite Sr., who has frequently been under city and state scrutiny for his operation of the cemetery.

DD&B’s business partners W. Michael Robinson and William Mann have already hired an experienced person to operate cemetery, and the men are expected to quickly begin repairs and regular maintenance.

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We were especially encouraged by the men’s commitment to the facility: &uot;We are here for long term.&uot;

This and the restoration work will go a long way in not only fixing the cemetery, but rebuilding trust in residents hoping to have a proper resting place.