Family devastated by cemetery theft


HIGDEN, Ark. — A Cleburne County family is asking how anyone could stoop so low and steal an irreplaceable gift from their loved one’s grave. 

Over the weekend Tina Carpenter visited her mother’s grave at McLehaney Cemetery in Higden, when she noticed their memorial bench was no where in sight. 

“I know it’s just a bench, but it was for my mom,”  Carpenter said. “It doesn’t mean anything to anyone else.”

Carpenter says the sentimental value is what can never be replaced. She says her mother found the seat, but never had the time to enjoy it before she lost her battle with cancer two years ago. 

“She brought me the frame and asked me to redo it for her, but the good Lord had other plans,” Carpenter added. “It’s kind a violating. They stole it from my mom,”

Carpenter and her family spent hours restoring the bench and adding the engraving, “your wings were ready, but our hearts were not.”

“It has no monetary value to anybody. It has sentimental value to us. It was a one of a kind bench,” said granddaughter Danielle Carpenter. 

The family hopes whoever took it will replace the bench, no questions asked. 

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