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Waverly woman does 'happy dance' after company waives cost of grave vandalism

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We first told you about the heartbreaking grave vandalism story that left the Harrison family facing thousands of dollars in reburial costs.

It happened on Easter Sunday, and yet the Waverly city council just responded with a letter saying they would not help the family with the more $3,000 bill to cover the costs of a new vault at the city owned cemetery.

Vandals took a jack hammer to the burial vault of Sylvia Harrison's mother, Mrs. Ida Mae Perry. Virginia Burial Supply decided to waive the more than $3,000.

"We've decided that the family has been put through enough, " said Timothy Banks who owns Virginia Burial Supply. "We've decided to waive all of the fees."

Banks says the folks at Bland Funeral Home in Petersburg asked his company to do the work. The funeral home performed the initial burial of Mrs. Perry. We went back to the funeral home to share the news of the fees being waived with Mrs. Harrison.

"That is wonderful," exclaimed Harrison. "God is good! That's all I can say."

Harrison says after the shock of the Easter Sunday vandalism she didn't how the family would cover the cost of the reburial.

"I've been talking with God," said Harrison. "I've been praying for a miracle to happen here." 

Banks says he is just happy his company could help bring some closure to the family.

"The Lord has blessed us, and so we've found a way to bless someone else," said Banks. "We had to do what we did, and if I had to do it again I probably would do it the same way."

The family is now hoping police will find those responsible for this horrendous crime as they breathe a deep sigh of relief.

"I just thank God," said Harrison. "I thank NBC, I thank Virginia Burial. I thank everybody who was involved." 

The family is circulating fliers announcing a $500 reward for any information leading to an arrest. If you know anything about this crime call State Police at 757-424-6800.

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