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Marker finally installed at teen's grave

Posted February 25, 2010

Until recently, a laminated photo on a wooden stick served as a temporary marker for 18-year-old Alex Bryant's grave.
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— A man who ordered a marker more than four months ago says he's relieved to finally see it on his 18-year-old grandson's grave.

Until a few weeks ago, the only thing pointing out the grave of Alex Bryant, who was killed in a car crash in June, was a laminated photo taped to a wooden stick.

Marker finally installed at teen's grave Marker finally installed at teen's grave

Alex's grandfather, Roy Bryant, paid a $975 deposit in September to J&P Memorials in Durham for the marker which was supposed to installed within six to eight weeks.

But J&P owner Joseph Parker never delivered it, despite repeated calls that Bryant says were met with excuses.

That's when Bryant called 5 on Your Side.

He was one of five people who complained to WRAL News about problems getting headstones they ordered from Parker.

Parker said that he got backed up and that he would get the situation corrected.

"After you contacted him, he did start to call me," Bryant said.

Soon after, a granite and bronze memorial was installed at Alex's grave. Three other cases have also been resolved.

"It's really sad that he does quality work, but I couldn't recommend him, because I wouldn't want anybody else to go through what I had to go through," Bryant said.

Bryant says he is thankful that he now has a proper tribute to Alex.

"I just felt like I was cheating him, or something," he said. " I just had that feeling until we got it in there. I feel good (now)."


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  • OSX Mar 1, 2010

    Sad for the young man who was killed. Even by his words, the guys does good work. He just got backed up. Would it be better to get it faster with less quality? To do quality work it takes time and he needs to just be upfront about it. That way the customer can make their choice on Speed or Quality.

  • snshine62d Feb 26, 2010

    It's so sad to hear stuff like this. Because the family is already hurting from the lose of a loved one then to have to deal with companies not following through on what they promised especially when you paid alot of money for it.

    Now everybody can rest in peace.

  • HAP Feb 26, 2010

    So sad...the accident this young man was in was I believe in Clayton right down the road from where I live...he had just graduated from high school that June and had his whole life ahead of him... :(