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Galilee Memorial Gardens

March 10, 2020, Nashville Hearing

A hearing regarding the Proposed Order To Set Conditions for Liquidation of Galilee Memorial Gardens Cemetery; Prohibiting Burials, Disinterments, or Activities other than Permanent Maintenance and Limited Visitation of Graves; Finding the Cemetery Lacks Assets to Distribute and Barring all Claims or Suits Against the Cemetery or Defendants in Receivership took place on March 10, 2020, in Nashville.  The following documents are related to the March 10, 2020, hearing:

Additional documents related to Galilee Memorial Gardens are below.


Cemetery Visitation 

After the April 23, 2019 hearing, the Court is permitting the cemetery to reopen on certain days for visitors, on a limited, predictable schedule. 


The Receiver’s plan for limited visitation at Galilee Memorial Gardens has been adopted per the following orders of Part III of the Davidson County Chancery Court, made on May 20, 2019: 

These orders specify that starting on May 25, 2019, on Saturdays, Sundays, and the listed Holidays, the cemetery will be open for limited visitation between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.  Holidays designated are: 

  • Memorial Day Monday
  • 4th of July (including any federal holiday for Independence Day)
  • Labor Day Monday
  • Veteran’s Day
  • Thanksgiving Day Thursday
  • Christmas Day – December 25th
  • Martin Luther King Day Monday
  • President’s Day Monday

Visitors to the cemetery proceed at their own risk:

The Receiver shall have a sign posted at the Cemetery that visitors to the Cemetery proceed at their own risk and are warned to take great care when walking in the Cemetery.  Neither the Department of Commerce and Insurance, its Commissioner, the Receiver, Receivership Management, Inc. nor this Court shall monitor, have staff present or be responsible for the risks of visitation due to the unevenness of the grounds or any other condition or aspect of the Cemetery. 


The Commissioner for the State of Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance was appointed as Receiver for Galilee Memorial Gardens, located in Bartlett, Tennessee, on February 21, 2014.  Receivership Management, Inc., is the Special Deputy Receiver in this matter. This receivership is ongoing.

The documents posted are not intended to be complete records of these matters.