1. OPERATIONS: (Phone: 910 436-5630/FAX: 910 436-5727)
A. Office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. Voicemail is checked on weekends and calls will be returned if needed.
B. Committal services can be scheduled before the cemetery has the required documents, but all documents are required 2 days before the service is confirmed.
C. Next of Kin or Power of Attorney will be required to finalize documents prior to the service. In-person meetings are preferred but meetings by phone will be scheduled as needed. Also, it is preferred that the meetings take place at least one day prior to the service.
A. Services are held at 10 am, 12 pm & 2 pm and are allotted 30 minutes. At half past the hour, attendees are required to depart the area. Families will be briefed during the pre-service meeting. The cemetery requests Funeral Directors ask attendees to return to their vehicles and depart at approximately 25 after the hour. Starting services early is not permitted and any deviation must be requested and approved 1 day prior to the committal service.
B. All services are held in the Committal Shelter.
C. Open-Casket and Graveside services are not permitted.
D. The committal circle is coned off 1 hour prior to the service to ensure privacy. No one is permitted to enter, by vehicle or foot, until the funeral home or transport arrives. (Exception: The Patriot Guard and Photographers will be allowed to enter at 15 till to set up.)
3. COMMITTAL SERVICES:
A. Cones are removed at 9:50/11:50/1:50.
B. Cemetery staff will confirm the decedent’s name and ask how the Funeral home would like to proceed.
C. Cemetery staff will park the coach and family in front of the shelter.
D. Cemetery staff will park all attendees.
E. Regardless of the start time, all services must end at 10:30/12:30/2:30.
F. Clergy are allowed to bless the gravesite, but due to safety regulations, must wait until a cemetery escort is available.
A. The disinterment is requested in writing and filed with the Program Director of the Veterans cemeteries, the Assistant Secretary for Veterans Affairs or the DMVA.
B. The request for disinterment contains the notarized signature of the nearest of kin, such as surviving spouse. If the spouse is deceased, the signatures of a majority of the surviving children of legal age will be required.
5. REQUIREMENTS TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR INTERMENT: (NC Driver’s License is NOT Authorized for Use)
A. DD Form 214, Last Form Issued. (Member Copy 4)
B. Must be a “Legal” resident of NC at:
i. Time of Death
ii. For a period of at least 10 years or;
iii. At the time of entry into the Armed Forces of the US (NC Home of Record on 214).
C. Proof of NC Legal Residence: NC Voter Registration, NC State Personal Income Tax, NC State Property
Tax, W-2 showing NC Tax Paid or Deed of Trust to Home.
i. Other Sources: School or Bank Records, Mortgages, Official State or Municipal Records.
D. Marriage Certificate.
E. Death Certificate: Normally sent from Funeral Home after the service.
6. PRE-VERIFICATION: The Cemetery Pre-Verifies Veterans and Dependents.
To Pre-Verify, veterans need the same documents listed above. Pre-Verifications are by appointment only.
A. Veteran: There is no charge to eligible veterans.
B. Specific Burial/Cremation spots cannot be reserved.
C. Dependents: There is currently an Opening/Closing fee of $800.00 for a Veteran’s Spouse or Dependent. The cemetery accepts Checks/Money Orders only. Fee must be paid before the service.
7. EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS:
A. The only requirement to be buried in the cemetery is a casket or urn. Burial vaults are required for all casket burials. (Concrete or steel, no poly vaults are allowed)
B. Funeral homes must provide their own church truck. We will provide an Urn Table and Podium.
C. Cemetery staff handles all caskets/urns once attendees have departed.
8. FLORAL/DECORATION POLICY:
A. Fresh-Cut “real” flowers are allowed year around and artificial flowers are allowed from November 1st - April 1st. See enclosed Flora Policy.
B. Funeral/Stand flowers are allowed at the time of the Committal Services. Flowers are laid on the grave after the service. Only 2 large or 3 smaller arrangements will fit. Arrangements will be removed/discarded after 5 days.
C. There are no memorials, lights, pin-wheels or other decorations permitted.
9. SPEED LIMIT:
The speed limit throughout the cemetery is 15 MPH.