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Dade City officials say dispute over graves is settled

DADE CITY — A letter that is more than five decades old may be the solution to a dispute over six grave sites in Dade City's cemetery.

The letter was found during a search of records concerning the city-owned cemetery after an Orlando man complained that six grave sites he inherited from his grandfather, L.G. Rogers, were found to have non-family members buried in two of them.

William "Buddy" Rogers Jr., through his attorney, informed the city that he either wants the remains of Frank Hatcher and his wife, Bessie, removed, or to be paid for the two plots and two more empty adjacent grave sites he owns in the cemetery, located off Martin Luther King Boulevard.

After Rogers' attorney, Mark Coteen, threatened a lawsuit, city attorney Karla Owens began searching records. She told commissioners Tuesday she found a letter from L.G. Rogers written to the city in 1962 in which he signed over the deeds to the lots to a woman named Burnice E. Sumner. That means William Rogers no longer owns them and his grandfather must have forgotten to change his will, Owens said.

Owens told the commission she has sent the letter to Coteen and the matter for the city is over.

"That should be case closed," she said.

Dade City officials say dispute over graves is settled 03/28/14 [Last modified: Friday, March 28, 2014 1:07pm]
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