Gilmer County Couple Says Mortuary Buried Body On Their Property

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A couple is suing Ellyson Mortuary after they claim it buried a body on their property without their permission.

Terry Ellyson was also named as a defendant in the suit.

On March 12, 2016, the defendants entered onto the property of James L. James and Mona L. James to bury a deceased human body, according to a complaint filed last month in Gilmer Circuit Court.

The Jameses claim the defendants did not have authorization or permission to enter onto their property and bury the deceased human body on the James’ property.

The plaintiffs have demanded that the defendants remove the deceased human body and to restore the plaintiffs’ property to the condition it was in immediately prior to how it was before the defendants’ entered onto the property, according to the suit.

The Jameses claim the defendants have failed and refused to comply and the deceased human body remains buried on their property.

The defendants’ failure to seek and obtain permission or authorization from the plaintiffs for their foregoing actions was deliberate, intentional or grossly negligent, according to the suit.

The Jameses are seeking compensatory and punitive damages. They are being represented by F. John Oshoway.

Gilmer Circuit Court case number: 17-C-6

Why are they burying folks on people’s private property? Are there more details? Was there just the one body or are there more? What does the family of the deceased say about this?

Comment by Curious  on  03.16.2017

Seriously?!  This does not raise any speculation amongst the community?  Please look at other things going on in your area besides school!

Comment by NameAtRequest  on  03.19.2017

Sounds like there is a family cemetery on the James’ property and the deceased might have had a will clause to be buried there, but the James’said no way and the mortuary was just following the deceased family’s direction and never asked the James’. Just my opinion. I am sure there is more to this story.

Comment by Bob  on  03.20.2017

“BOB” probably has it right.

Maybe the deceased’s spirit will haunt the James family?

There are 3 or 4 county names who are always filing lawsuits.

Comment by history repeats  on  03.20.2017
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