Owner of G.W. Carver Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Birmingham files for bankruptcy

George Washington Carver Memorial Gardens, Inc., the corporation that owns the Birmingham cemetery that abruptly shut down recently, filed for bankruptcy in federal court Tuesday, according to court documents.

Represented by attorney Frederick Mott Garfield of Spain & Gillon, LLC, the cemetery owner filed for Chapter 7 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, citing between $500,000 and $1 million in liabilities and less than $100,000 in assets.

According to a "Verification of Creditor Matrix" document signed by company president Louie Reese III, 38 creditors are listed, some of which include the Alabama Department of Revenue, the Internal Revenue Service and the State of Alabama Commission of Insurance.

Prior to the filing, the cemetery and its owners closed the business, leaving employees, customers and others in the dark. A former property manager of 14 years, Marshae Taylor, told ABC 33/40 Monday that she was informed of the closing during a phone conversation with the owner, who didn't provide any information regarding the reason for the decision.

Family, friends and loved ones of those buried at the cemetery have expressed concerns over the lack of communication and they are demanding answers. ABC 33/40 reporter Cory McGinnis will have the latest on this story on the news at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. You can watch the newscast live online here.

Records show the cemetery's attorney has been paid $12,500 for representation in the bankruptcy filings.