Look for Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory, Ballard Funeral Home, and LaGrone Funeral Chapel to all voice their opposition to the nonprofit burial site on the private property of a Hagerman NM couple. These three funeral parlors operate out of Roswell, but likely provide their services to surrounding region. Also funeral cost insurance vultures will be pissed off about this.
Their charitable cemetery, called Broken Hill Cemetery, has been approved by Chaves County Board of Commissioners. Joe Steed, a neighbor of Leo and Audrey Whitten, turned in a written objection to having the deceased interred adjacent to his property.
Audrey ,who will engrave the headstones for free, states that hubby Leo was acting based on multiple conversations with God. Leo said that God, who does not pay the property tax on his 15. Acres, is the true owner of the land. Based on Leo’s biblical beard in the picture, who could doubt his saintly assertion?
The three cross cemetery, which can be seen from Jicarilla Road, will bury all decedents within 24 hours making embalming unnecessary. Green burials are the natural enemies of formaldehyde producers.