Family Disputes With Company Over Misspelled Headstone
by Chris Conte
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - An Estill Springs family said they shouldn't have to pay for a mistake made on their loves one's tombstone last year but the company responsible said they aren't the only ones at fault.
Johnny Denby died on July 6, 2012, and since then his daughter Patricia Sawyer has been working to get a headstone for his plot at a small cemetery in Franklin County. But she said that when the tombstone arrived last year her father's name was spelled "Jonny" instead of "Johnny."
"I've put up with this long enough and it's just not right," Patricia said about the mistake.
Patricia said the company who made the headstone, Estill Springs Monument, now wants to charge her $150 to fix the error.
"One letter, this is all over one letter," she added.
But the owner of Estill Springs Monument said Patricia clearly signed a final proof sketch of the tombstone with the misspelling on it, which is why the error happened at all.
"We're all human and make mistakes but she apparently thinks it's all our fault but she did sign the contract stating that it is the way it appears on the monument," says owner Pamela Grant.
Grant said her company has gone so far as to make a new memorial marker with the correct spelling on it and will only charge Patricia $300 for it. Grant said even though they did make a mistake Patricia still holds part of the blame for signing off on the erroneous draft sketch.
"We want to make this right," she added.