Preserving the Past

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Mel Haven clean-up to help pass on local legacy

  • Operation Restore community volunteers (from right) Jason Lindley, David Gordon, Ricky Godbolt, Chris Spivey, Eddie Askew, Prince Beachum and Gilbert Roland met with others Thursday evening at The ROOOM in Sulphur Springs to discuss the details in their support of Mel Haven Cemetery Society with the clean-up day.
    Operation Restore community volunteers (from right) Jason Lindley, David Gordon, Ricky Godbolt, Chris Spivey, Eddie Askew, Prince Beachum and Gilbert Roland met with others Thursday evening at The ROOOM in Sulphur Springs to discuss the details in their support of Mel Haven Cemetery Society with the clean-up day.
  • Eddie Askew, 72, is a member of the Mel Haven Cemetery Society and the cemetery’s grounds keeper. It takes a crew of four people to regularly maintain the grounds, he explained during an Operation Restore volunteer meeting Thursday evening.
    Eddie Askew, 72, is a member of the Mel Haven Cemetery Society and the cemetery’s grounds keeper. It takes a crew of four people to regularly maintain the grounds, he explained during an Operation Restore volunteer meeting Thursday evening.
  • A broken piece of marble that was once part of a grave marker in Mel Haven Cemetery is wedged underneath a rotting tree stump.
    A broken piece of marble that was once part of a grave marker in Mel Haven Cemetery is wedged underneath a rotting tree stump.
  • A grave marker belonging to the Lewis family is hidden behind an overgrowth of bushes and young trees near one of the fence lines in Mel Have Cemetery. Staff photos by Jillian Smith
    A grave marker belonging to the Lewis family is hidden behind an overgrowth of bushes and young trees near one of the fence lines in Mel Have Cemetery. Staff photos by Jillian Smith
  • At the base of a tree near the roadway through Mel Haven Cemetery, trash and overgrowth cover the headstone that once marked the grave of J A Lively, who died in 1890 at age 21. Staff photos by Jillian Smith
    At the base of a tree near the roadway through Mel Haven Cemetery, trash and overgrowth cover the headstone that once marked the grave of J A Lively, who died in 1890 at age 21. Staff photos by Jillian Smith
Behind a small pasture on Seventh Street in Sulphur Springs, Mel Haven Cemetery can be found at the end of Debord. Beyond a field gate at its entrance are what look like scattered graves in a peaceful setting with the buffer of surrounding wooded areas keeping out the sounds of the city. There are, however, many more graves in this cemetery and much more history than one might notice with a…

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