Community steps up to help Robeson County woman pay for grandchild's headstone

Oxendine points to where her gradson's headstone is supposed to be (WPDE)

Four people have helped Jennifer Oxendine pay for her five-year-old grandson's headstone after she says she was cheated by a monument company out of Monroe, North Carolina.

Oxendine said she paid $1,842 to the company back in August for a headstone to be placed at her grandson's grave in the Maxton community of Robeson County.

The child died of a brain tumor in May of 2017.

Oxendine showed us bank receipts showing she paid the company in full for the headstone, but has yet to get it.

She added she's called the company several times in recent months, but could never get up with the actual owner.

Oxendine said she called back in January and learned the company was out of business.

She said she found out the owner owed two companies in Georgia about $600 for the granite and artwork on the headstone.

We called the company that did the artwork and they said the actual bill for them is $310, but they'll only charge her $200. The company said she'll still have to pay the granite company what's owed to them.

Oxendine said she doesn't have the money to pay them and she's already paid in full.

Florence educator and preacher Carrie Faye Simmons saw Simmons' story on ABC 15 News and said the holy spirit led her to help Oxendine pay the fee.

"It was a blessing to help her. I heard her heart. That's what I heard. I heard her pain. And if the one thing that will give her consolation is having a tombstone to be able to look at, well, then by let's put it," said Simmons.

Oxendine filed a complaint against the company with Monroe police.

Sgt. Steve Morton with Monroe police said they're actively investigating about 30 complaints against the company's owner. He said the allegations involve families paying for headstones, but never getting them.

Morton said they're working with the district attorney to determine what, if any, charges will be filed in this ongoing investigation.

We've learned the owner of the Monroe company is charged with breach of trust in Dillon County, according to Captain Cliff Arnette with the Dillon County Sheriff's Office.

Arnette said a family in Dillon County paid the owner for the headstone and he's yet to deliver it.

We'll let you know of any new developments in this investigation.