- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

CORINTH, Miss. (AP) - Three bids have been received for the purchase of the Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery in Corinth.

The bidding deadline was Monday.

Chancery Clerk Bobby Marolt told The Daily Corinthian (https://bit.ly/1HaHB6L) the bids will be reviewed by the Alcorn County Chancery Court and the secretary of state’s office.

Marolt unsealed the bids Tuesday. The highest of the three bids was $128,750 from Thomas D. Fowlkes of Oxford.

It is the third time since being placed in receivership that the cemetery has been on the market. Prior attempts to sell it were stalled by the lienholder’s attempts to stop the public sales.

Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery consists of about 12.5 acres and the sale includes real property only and does not include contractual obligations of the former owners. All closing costs, surveying or legal fees are the responsibility of the individuals who purchase the property.

A 2011 investigation by the secretary of state’s office found the cemetery’s pre-need trust accounts were depleted of $473,521 by former owner Wayne Hight.

Hight was sentenced in 2013 to serve four years after pleading guilty to four counts of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars. As part of his plea agreement Hight and his family agreed to sign over all their ownership interest in the Corinth cemetery and others to a court appointed receiver.

Hight served a year in prison.

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Information from: The Daily Corinthian.


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