Special to The Leader
The Orange Leader
Claybar’s Hillcrest Memorial Gardens announces the groundbreaking of its newest Community Mausoleum project. Phase two construction of the Disciples Mausoleum will begin Sept. 4, 2013. Pre-sales began in October 2012 on this 120 mausoleum crypt building and approximately 40 percent have been pre-sold. This clean and dry above ground burial is not a new idea, says Dan Naegelin, Director of Family Services, and other examples are the pyramids of Egypt, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Taj Mahal in India.
“A community mausoleum is simply a large building designed to provide above-ground entombment for a number of people,” says Warren Claybar, President of Claybar Funeral Homes and Cemeteries. “Sharing the costs of the mausoleum with other individuals makes it more affordable than a private mausoleum. Crypts are designed to hold casketed remains. Following a casket entombment, the crypt is sealed, and a granite front is attached. Hillcrest Memorial Gardens will allow a choice between three bronze plaques and a vase for each individual crypt.”
Mr. Roy McDonald, Grounds Manager of Claybar Cemeteries, will oversee the construction project.
“Our new mausoleums offer a viable alternative for those who simply have an aversion to being interred in the ground,” McDonald stated. “Furthermore, with the growing shortage of available land for cemetery use, mausoleums allow for a maximum number of entombments in a minimum amount of space.”
Katie Mims, Community Outreach Coordinator for Claybar Funeral Homes and Cemeteries, says one of the most common questions she is asked about Mausoleum’s is, “Isn't mausoleum entombment really expensive?” In most cases, the cost of mausoleum entombment is comparable to the costs of interment in a lot with a cemetery vault and monument.
The entire Claybar staff would like to thank the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce for making this event special with a groundbreaking ceremony held on August 20th, 2013. Light refreshments were served at the construction site located in the back of the beautifully maintained Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
During the ceremony, Mr. Warren Claybar and Mr. Brown Claybar thanked the Orange /Bridge City Community for their support of this newest Claybar project. Mr. Dan Naegelin invited everyone to call the cemetery for additional information at 409-735-7145.