After 11 years, Gladstone woman hopes to buy headstone for late brother’s grave

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GLADSTONE, Mo. -- When Cassie Davis’ brother died, he was buried at White Chapel cemetery in Gladstone. But he’s been without a headstone for 11 years.

Plenty of people stop by to remember their loved ones at this cemetery. But there are hardly any visitors for John Farage. That’s because you can’t find him even though he’s been buried here for over a decade.

“Ever since then, it’s like everyone forgot about him,” said Davis.

Davis is hoping to raise enough money to buy her brother a headstone through GoFundMe. She said he proudly served his country in the Army. When he suddenly died of a heart attack, the family had to scramble for money.

“He deserves it. He deserves to be known where he’s at, that he’s there,” she said.

He’s buried in between family members alongside a chain link fence. His funeral and burial plot were all donated. Davis said she tried reaching out to the Department of Veteran Affairs for a marker, but couldn’t fill out the paperwork. After her brother died, she didn’t know where to find his personal information.

“I know he got his GED in the Army because he used to brag about it all the time but that’s all I know,” she said.

Davis said she’s done waiting and hopes the fundraising will pay off.

Her brother’s birthday is coming up in January. She hopes to celebrate it with a headstone.