Better Call Behnken: Headstone finally delivered to Largo man’s grave 13 years after death

Jonathan Williams passed away 13 years ago.

LARGO, Fla. (WFLA) —One day after Better Call Behnken confronted a Largo funeral home about an undelivered headstone that was paid for 13 years ago, the missing gravestone and subject of our inquiry was delivered and installed.

Colleen Days contacted 8 On Your Side after Smith-Young Funeral Home had failed to install the headstone she spent over $1,000 for in 2004.

The headstone was in memory of her brother, Jonathan Williams, who is buried at Chapel Hill Memorial Park in Largo. Jonathan had Down Syndrome and Days took care of him after their parents passed away.

“I am so relieved,” said Days. “I am so grateful this was finally taken care of. I can’t believe it took this long.”

When Days turned to 8 On Your Side, she said she had been “more than patient,” but felt she was out of options.

“(This is) very emotional, and very sensitive, because my brother, he had Down Syndrome,” Days said. “And he was so precious to me.”

Instead of a stone, there were only two flimsy white flags, marking the grave site. Days recalls years of excuses and empty promises.

“I think it’s disrespectful, and it makes me sad,” Days said.

Days says she raised her brother, after their parents died, and he lived with her as an adult. He was in his early 30s when he died suddenly, after complications from diabetes. She says she thought the headstone would be up within six months after he died. Every time she checked, it was not there.

Days says Robert Young of Smith-Young Funeral Home is the one who collected her money and gave her excuses.

We contacted Young to ask what had happened.  He told us “It will be taken care of.”

When asked what took so long, Young said, “I have no explanation.”

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