POWELL COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)– When Brian Swango went to make burial arrangements for his mother, he learned that the plot his mother had bought next to her late husband already had someone buried there.
In 1992, Ruby Swango wrote a check to secure the plot of land next to her husband who had died three years earlier. The check was made out to the land’s owner at the time, Nannie Fryer.
“The woman my mom bought the place off of passed away. Her children were fighting over the property. Judge said they sold it and that’s how it got mixed up,” said Swango.
Patty Gordon, who presides over the Stanton Cemetery Association, said that Swango has one lot available to him and it is the lot his father occupies.
Gordon’s organization has nothing to do with the confusion or the 1992 sale, but she feels for Swango and tried to get him an answer.
“I went to the clerk’s office and I looked up deeds,” she said.
That search came up empty, which is not uncommon.
“In this cemetery, a lot of people don’t get deeds, when they sell lots, or buy a lot,” Gordon said.
It appears that is what happened to Swango when she bought the plot beside her husband 26-years-ago.
“That’s where she wanted to be,” Swango said.