Among victims of a massive fraud in the operation of a Hawkins County cemetery were cousins Hannah Speaks and Calvin Clifton. They may never have thought they’d be in the cemetery business, but they have stepped up to help more than 350 victims of Vickie Ringley, who owned Hawkins County Memorial Gardens. And they could use some help.

Speaks’ and Clifton’s common grandparents are buried at the cemetery. So are their fathers and other family members, and they each also plan to rest at Memorial Gardens. But like many others, they suffered through years of a horrible scheme perpetrated by Ringley. When the dust settled from her prosecution, they were left wondering what would happen to the cemetery.

Then they took action. They created a not-for-profit corporation and took ownership of Memorial Gardens. It took two years,…

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