Rules

Belew Cemetery Association, Inc.

Rules & Regulations

To assist Belew Cemetery in its endeavor to maintain the cemetery, the following is a summary of the rules and regulations that have been adopted.  Belew Cemetery reserves the right to adopt new rules and regulations at any time and to amend, alter, or repeal any rule or regulation listed.

  1. A deed of interment rights in Belew Cemetery conveys to the owner the exclusive right of sepulcher therein and conveys no other interest in the real property of Belew Cemetery.
  2. An amount equal to the cost of the grave space must be paid in full before an interment may be made therein. Title to a lot will not be passed to the purchaser until full and final payment has been made according to the sales contract.  A contract will be considered delinquent and void after 6 months of non payment any money already paid will be forfeited.
  3. Any transfer or change of ownership of property must be cleared through the office of Belew Cemetery.
  4. All interments in Belew Cemetery shall be enclosed in a permanent steel or concrete vault/outside container.
  5. Belew Cemetery will not be held liable for error in the execution of interment instructions given by telephone.  In the event of an error in interment, Belew Cemetery shall have the right, without liability, to make disinterment, removal, and reinterment to another grave space.
  6. Artificial flowers in proper containers are permissible at Belew Cemetery, as long as the flowers are in proper containers and within 12 inches of the marker.  They will not be removed until they become unsightly.  Cut flowers and potted plants are permissible, but will be disposed of when the flowers die.  Baskets, easels, and wreaths may be used on special holidays. Seasonal decorations must be removed within a month after the occasion; otherwise they will be removed by the cemetery.
  7. Temporary flower vases such as tin cans, jars, bottles, etc. stuck into the ground are not permissible.  The cemetery is not responsible for any such unauthorized containers, and they will be removed and disposed of in accordance with the regular maintenance work schedule.  All other types of decoration placed on the grave site that in any way interferes with mowing or maintenance will be removed. Benches are not permitted on individual lots and spaces.
  8. Belew Cemetery reserves the right to prohibit the installation of any headstone that is considered inappropriate either in design, material, or workmanship.  No headstone including base is to exceed a maximum height of 36 inches.
  9. Belew Cemetery will not be held liable for damage to monuments or other property belonging to the lot owners or the desecration of graves when such is done by vandals or by acts of nature or other causes beyond the control of Belew Cemetery.
  10. No individual consideration that interferes with mowing or maintaining the grounds will be permitted.  Belew Cemetery has full authority regarding all decisions pertaining to maintenance of the graves.

URN BURIAL REGULATIONS

Urn Garden Burial

  1. The space size is 24” X 32” and will accommodate a single or a double urn vault.
  2. Spaces are numbered beginning with No. 1 and will be sold in consecutive order.
  3. A vault for the urn container is required.  It must be made of concrete, steel or marble, and may be purchased at a funeral home. Ashes must be in a separate container and placed inside the vault.
  4. The urn vault must be buried to a top fill of at least 18 inches of dirt.
  5. An internment fee will be charged for each interment.
  6. A flat grave marker is required.

Urn Burial in an Existing Grave Site

  1. One urn vault burial per grave space is allowed on top of an existing casket burial.
  2. A vault for the urn container is required.  It must be made of concrete, steel or marble, and may be purchased at a funeral home. Ashes must be in a separate container and placed inside the vault.
  3. The urn vault must be placed on top of the vault of the existing casket which is approximately 18” deep.
  4. The urn vault must be placed at the foot of the previously buried casket.
  5. An internment fee will be charged for each internment.
  6. A flat grave marker is required.

Urn Burial in a Space Purchased Before January 1, 2008

  1. If a space was purchased before January 1, 2008, and has not been used for a casket burial, it is permissible for the family to use the space for two (2) urn vaults. One vault at each end of the space.
  2. A vault for the urn container is required.  It must be made of concrete, steel or marble, and may be purchased at a funeral home.  Ashes must be in a separate container and placed inside the vault.
  3. The urn vault must be buried to a top fill of at least 18 inches of dirt.
  4. An internment fee will be charged for each internment.
  5. A flat grave marker is required.

As of Jan. 1, 2008, Belew Cemetery will not sell full spaces for the burial of ashes or urns.

Revised February 4, 2008 — Urn Burial Regulations are subject to revision at a later date by BCA.

All persons are reminded that Belew Cemetery is a sacred place.  Quiet and reverence should be observed at all times.  The Cemetery is designed and maintained for the living as well as the deceased, and the cooperation of all those whose interest are here will help make your cemetery more beautiful as the years go by.

Thank you for your cooperation.
Belew Cemetery Association Board of Directors
P.O. Box 398 Aubrey, Texas 76227

Directors of Belew Cemetery:

  • Hershell Wilson
  • Mary Lynn Beaty
  • Van Bell
  • Mary Alice Reding
  • Jo Walker
  • Dale Redfearn
  • Brenda Sparkman
  • Jane Ray
  • Elvin Eggleston
  • Joe Owens
  • Evalois Owens
  • Steve Biggs

Officers elected:

  • President: Evalois Owens
  • Vice President: Hershell Wilson
  • Treasurer: Mary Lynn Beaty
  • Secretary: Jane Ray

The Annual Meeting is held the Saturday before the first Sunday in May at 7 PM as part of Decoration Weekend for the cemetery. Each year, four directors are voted upon. Officers are selected and voted on after the elections of directors.

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