Fandom

SpongeBob SquarePants

News:Cemetery denies SpongeBob monuments for slain Army sergeant

11,575pages
on ESB
Add New Page
Comments0 Share

Ad blocker interference detected!


Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.

Index → October 2013Cemetery denies SpongeBob monuments for slain Army sergeant
Cemetery denies SpongeBob monuments for slain Army sergeant
Source citation: Pamela, Brown (October 22, 2013). "Cemetery denies SpongeBob monuments for slain Army sergeant." CNN.com. Retrieved October 28, 2013.

By Pamela Brown and Holly Yan, CNN updated 9:43 AM EDT, Tue October 22, 2013

Army Sgt. Kimberly Walker, 28, was enthralled by SpongeBob Squarepants A cemetery official approved two massive SpongeBob monuments near her gravesite The cemetery now says the 6-foot-tall, 7,000-pound statues have to go

(CNN) -- Army Sgt. Kimberly Walker survived two tours of duty in Iraq -- only to be killed back home, allegedly by her boyfriend.

Now, eight months later, her family is mourning again because they can't keep two SpongeBob Squarepants memorials at her gravesite.

To say Walker loved the cartoon character may be an understatement.

"Every year, my sister had a SpongeBob birthday party," Walker's twin sister Kara said. "Everything she had was SpongeBob."

Even her curtains and bathroom were decked out with the underwater fry cook's image, her mother told CNN affiliate WLWT.

"The funeral home actually bought the pillow of SpongeBob and we asked if they could put it in her casket," Deborah Walker said.

So the family decided to spend $26,000 on two massive SpongeBob monuments at Walker's gravesite -- one in an Army uniform for Walker, and another in a Navy uniform to honor Kara, an IT specialist for the Navy.

Each of the monuments stands more than 6 feet tall and weighs 7,000 pounds.

Before the family ordered the SpongeBob memorials, it got the go-ahead from a cemetery representative, Deborah Walker said.

"They came and said, 'Yeah, we can go ahead and do SpongeBob.' She gave us a statement, we signed a contract, and then they started the design," the mother told WLWT.

The stone SpongeBobs finally arrived on October 10. But less than a day later, Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati said it was going to remove the statues.

"The family chose a design with the guidance of a Spring Grove employee who unfortunately made an error in judgment," the cemetery's president told CNN. "The monument does not fit within Spring Grove Cemetery guidelines, was not approved by senior management and cannot remain here."

Walker's family is devastated.

"It was just heartbreaking," Deborah Walker said. "I just felt we were just trying to honor her wishes."

The family is going to meet with officials from the cemetery on Tuesday. Spring Grove said it is working with the Walkers to design a solution at the cemetery's expense "that will properly memorialize Kimberly."
SpongeBob coins among missing Peregrine assets 'SpongeBob Squarepants' Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon gets a makeover -- EXCLUSIVE

Wikia Spotlight

Random Wiki