Graham organization files lawsuit in Owen

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Association seeking money promised in woman’s will

By Molly Haines

Attorneys working on behalf of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association are suing the estate of a former Owen County resident.

When Owen County resident Corrine K. Jones passed away, in her will, she directed part of her estate would go to help fund work of the Billy Graham ministries.

Former Owen County resident Glenn Works was appointed executor of the Jones’ estate and directed to oversee the disbursement of the estate.

According to the suit brought by BGEA, Works was supposed to be paid $16,950 for his efforts.

But the suit claims Works actually received $48,550 from the Jones’ estate as executor.

The lawsuit by BGEA seeks over $30,000 that it alleges Works was overpaid as executor.

But with Works’ death, the BGEA sued his estate in an attempt to recoup the money.

An amended lawsuit, now focusing on Works’ estate, was filed by the BGEA in June.

In October, attorney Gerald Kemper, who is in charge of Works’ estate, filed a motion to dismiss the suit because the BGEA allegedly failed to file the amended suit in the proper time frame.

The motion to dismiss was denied by an Owen County judge.

Kemper, who declined to comment extensively on the suit, said he hoped to reach an agreement with the BGEA.

The case is ongoing and is expected to be heard in February.