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Cornetts take over Hill Haven Memory Gardens

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Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 12:00 am

MONROE – Hill Haven Memory Gardens has a new set of owners that plan on keeping the ownership all in the family. The Cornett family – comprised of Tim and his wife Betty, daughter Tina and grandson Stephen – plan to serve the Walton County community for generations to come.

“You have three generations here,” Tim Cornett said. “We are at the age now that we wanted to offer this opportunity to our family and our grandson. Working in the cemetery business is in our blood. This is a family owned business that will serve you as family.”

Tim Cornett started his first business in Rome in the early 1960s and together with his wife and daughter bring more than 50 years of experience to the table.

All three have been involved as missionaries in 86 countries – the past 25 years in Bulgaria through Cornett ministries.

“We were the first foreign missionaries in Bulgaria,” Tim Cornett said.

The Cornetts are involved with planting churches, a Bible college, orphanage home support, feeding the hungry and offering summer camps to hundreds of the poor and at-risk children in Bulgaria.

And the Cornetts want to bring this love and care to the families already present at Hill Haven and the many to come.

“The people who are already here are all in our family now,” Betty Cornett said. “We want our customers to have a feeling of trust and peace. We want to take care of their loved ones and we want them to know we are people of integrity.”

The family came into ownership of Hill Haven in August and since then made preparations to take the 20th century cemetery into the 21st century.

The first project on the list was to pave the roads, which the family said was past due. The roads are complete and the office

on the grounds is currently being renovated along with additional landscaping.

“All of the thousands of lot owners at Hill Haven Memory Gardens deserve to have the most beautiful perpetual care cemetery in Walton County,” Betty Cornett said.

The importance of the appearance isn’t the only thing the Cornetts are taking pride in – they also are offering several different burial options while keeping the families’ pocket in mind.

“We want to give them the must moderate prices in Walton County and the surrounding areas,” Tim Cornett said, adding their mission is to serve the county with every type of burial option available.

Some of those options consist of cremation, above ground burial, vaults of all types and polypropylene.

“We also want people to know we have an area dedicated for veterans and any men or women that serve the public,” Tina Cornett said, adding, “We have a lot to offer here.”

The Cornett’s also have future plans to have grief classes offered for free upon the completion of the office renovation.

“We are here to serve the families from Walton County and surroundings areas at their time of need with dignity and respect,” Betty Cornett said. “It will be our privilege to take care of you and your loved ones.”

Hill Haven is located at 490 Edmondson Road in Monroe. The office hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and by appointment on Sunday.

For more information on Hill Haven call 770-267-7000 or www.hill havenmonroe.org.

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