Documents show funeral home under investigation has expired license

Mobile County

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — The Mobile County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a possible illegal cemetery in Prichard.

We counted more than 130 obituaries listed on the funeral home’s website since October 10th, the day its license expired.

Cedrick McMillian, the operator of Heritage Funeral Home, turned himself into Metro Jail on Wednesday morning.

Investigators say he violated the state’s SORNA law for working within 2000 feet of a daycare, since he is a registered sex offender. The sheriff’s office plans to interview McMillian about a possible illegal cemetery on Cheeseman Avenue in Prichard. 

Deputies raided the funeral home earlier this week after several reports of people claiming they paid for caskets, but were not sure their loved ones were buried in those caskets…

News 5 spoke with one family who just lost their loved one May 10th, and used Heritage Funeral Homes for some of the services. The family of Darlene Coleman, who was pregnant with her eighth child at the time, says the family was stunned when they heard the funeral home is under investigation.

Pamela Williams said, “I was hoping that, that wasn’t true and that it wasn’t them.” 

Williams says after facing several issues the day the service was supposed to happen, the family had to do part of her cousin’s services a second time.

Pamela Williams said, “We had to basically redo the viewing all over again, the viewing all over again.”

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