Coast businessman cleans up bankrupt cemetery for free

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - By Doug Walker – bio | email

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Steve Jordan is a man on a mission. Two months ago, Jackson County Memorial Gardens was a mess. Now, it's beautiful, serene, and a fitting final resting place.

A lot of hard work has gone into getting the cemetery back into shape. Several employees of Turf Masters spend hours each week making sure everything is just right.  And they do it for free.

Steve Jordan is the owner of the business, and said the cemetery project began when he saw a need.

"I love the community I live in and I saw an opportunity to give back, to pay it forward so to speak. So it was an easy choice," Jordan said. "It was a no brainer for me."

For two months, the company has taken care of the grounds when no one else would. Even the workers are proud of their efforts, some for a very special reason.

"I have a couple of loved ones out here," Chester Forehand said, "So it makes us feel to help out the others as well as our loved ones."

While Steve Jordan and his employees enjoy keeping the cemetery in good shape, it's the folks who have loved ones buried there that really appreciate the efforts.

Jesse Grizzard visited the cemetery Wednesday to place flowers on his mother's grave. It would have been Hazel Lee's 93rd birthday. Grizzard said seeing the cemetery in pristine condition is the best gift of all.

"It makes it so much easier when you come out and knowing that the graves are in good condition," Grizzard said.  "When you come out and they're covered with grass or they have fire ants around them, then you spend a lot of time doing it yourself. So it's really a blessing that he's doing this."

After several hours, it's time to pack up and head to the next job.  But they will be back next week, making sure those buried at Jackson County Memorial Gardens rest in peace, not to mention, beauty.

Jordan said he and his crews will continue to manicure the cemetery as long as it's necessary, until a buyer is found.

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