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August 7, 2013

Family seeks return of missing grave marker


A missing grave marker has one family puzzled.

When Joseph Billman visited his parents’ grave site at Oakland Cemetery in Weatherford July 30, he noticed something wasn’t quite right. 

The small granite marker at the foot of his father’s burial site with the word “Paw-Paw” written on it was gone, Billman said.

“I can’t understand why in the world someone would steal something off of a grave,” Billman said.

Joining Joseph Billman’s mother, who died in 1992, Bill Billman was buried in the cemetery south of Front Street in July 1994 and the markers placed on their graves shortly afterward, his son said. The large headstone and a marker at the foot of Billman’s mother’s grave inscribed with “Granny” and “Mama” remained untouched, Billman said. 

The couple’s son visits their burial site every two weeks and said he saw the marker during his last visit.

The missing stone was approximately 4-inches by 8-inches and was set in the ground.

Billman said he wondered whether someone else wanted it to put on another grave.

He doesn’t yet know what it will cost to replace.

Billman reported the marker stolen to Weatherford police, who said they haven’t had any other reports of disturbed markers and haven’t yet been able to determine whether the marker may have been misplaced.

Rider Scott, who oversees the cemetery, said he also has not heard of any missing grave markers. 

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