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Widow asks ‘How dare you?’ after not receiving late husband’s headstone

When a Paulding County woman’s husband died in October, it led to yet another problem.

Pam Dean is now wondering where the headstone is that she bought for her late husband’s gravesite, Channel 2 Action News reported.

The situation began when Dean was swamped with calls from monument companies right after husband Sammy passed away, Channel 2 reported.

She met with a sales representative from Wichman Monuments out of Chattanooga. He touted the company’s long business history and its accreditation with the Better Business Bureau in that area.

“It was a good sales pitch,” Dean said, “and I decided that’s exactly what I wanted.”

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So she wrote a check for more than $3,000. The salesman encouraged her to pay in full, saying it would “expedite the finished product.”

But no headstone has been forthcoming, although the company cashed her check Jan. 2.

“When I call the company,” Dean said, “it goes to voicemail and a message that the voicemail is full.” 

“For somebody to just prey on me at that point ...”

If she could speak with someone at the company, she might say, “How dare you?”

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