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Clarksville Family In Dispute With Cemetery

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by Jason Lamb

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – A Clarksville family continues to grieve the loss of their son while they're facing a conflict with the cemetery he's buried in.

The family said the cemetery left their child's grave site without a headstone, just covered with dirt and grass.

It started when 5-year-old Nicholas Stiltner died about eight months ago after complications from a genetic disorder.

His parents purchased three lots at Clarksville's Greenwood Cemetery -- paying for Nicholas' and financing the other two.

The cemetery said until all three lots are paid for, they can't put up a headstone, leaving Nicholas' grave site bare.

The cemetery director said that's true, and it's something spelled out in the cemetery's regulations.

When asked about it Monday, the cemetery said his family can put up a foot stone, a stone plaque smaller than a headstone, with Nicholas' name.

The Stiltners said that was something that wasn't made clear to them when they signed the paperwork.  They said they may have been too distraught to pay attention to the fine print with the cemetery, and have a warning for others who may end up in his position.

"Get the documents signed and have them presented to them at a later date  specific to say, ‘here's what you agreed upon,' that way maybe they won't go through what we're going through," Stiltner said.

The family said they'll be looking to place a foot stone marker at their son's grave site as soon as possible.

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