Deputy denied burial at "whites only" cemetery
The owner of the cemetery says he didn't know that was still in their bylaws and wants to make things right.
Darryl Simeon and Alan Paris sheriff's deputy, was diagnosed with cancer in December. In the last month and nine days of his life, Simeon talked with his family about burial plans, telling them he wanted to be laid to rest in Oakland Spring Cemetery because it was close to home. Little did the simian family. No, there was in their by laws that the cemetery was for whites only. And so I kind of just looked at her and and she said, There's no colors allowed. It's blatantly, with no remorse. I can't tell you apply for your husband. The president of the Oakland Spring Cemetery Association, Craig Busan, all outlined the clause in their bylaws, which says quote the right of burial of the remains of white human beings. It's a cemetery contract, which he says dates back to the fifties. It never came up. It never and that I take full responsibility for that. I've been the president is its board for several years now. I take full responsibility for not reading, not reading the bylaws. Simeon family says they were told to leave the grounds Tuesday by an associate of the cemetery after denying them a burial plot. Family members say the anger they felt from those racial remarks, combined with the grief of losing a loved one, was just too much to process, and there was nothing none of us could do. But we did it. And to be told, this is like we were death thing, you know? It's he was nothing. He okay, put his life on the line for the everybody dies, they believe the same. You die, you the same color that has no color. So why should he be refused? Family says. They then called around to other cemeteries, double checking if they accepted any kind of body, whether it be white, black or Hispanic. See me and say, the cemetery president attempted to rectify the problem by changing those by laws. But they say nothing can change the fact they were initially denied based on their skin color. I even offered them that I can't sell you one, but I can give you one of mine. That's how strongly I feel about fixing