Wreaths Across America set December 14


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City Cemetery Society

The board of the City Cemetery Society met Oct. 8 at Myra Wilson Chapel with the following members present: Mary Ann Anglin, James Jones, Dena Lloyd, Carole Swindell, Helen Starrett, John Sellers, Linda Jackson, Steve Longing and Annada Jones.

The meeting was opened with The Lord’s Prayer. Minutes of the previous meeting will be read at the December meeting.

James Jones gave the treasurer’s report, and Annada Jones gave the Memorial Fund report. Memorials this period were given in memory of Linda Moore by Bob and Janette Connally and in memory of A. O. Bob Phillips given by Helen Moss.

Lloyd was welcomed as a new member. Her interest in cemetery activities evolved from her connected with Wreaths Across America. Lloyd’s son was killed in action in Iraq in 2006 and is buried in the city cemetery. Wreaths Across America is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to adorn the headstones of veterans at Christmas by remembering, honoring and teaching children the sacrifices for freedom.

Lloyd and the Cemetery Society hope to continue the project this Christmas. The date for the wreath laying is Saturday, Dec. 14. A memorial service will be held followed by the distribution of the wreaths by volunteers on all veterans’ graves. More information will be available at a later date.

In old business, prospects for city cemetery director were discussed as were plans for a memorial garden, memorial portraits and historical marker. Lloyd thought her husband, Jimmy, would serve. That will be discussed at the next meeting.

Rules for the placement of items or objects on grave sites were discussed. Anything placed on a grave site other than a grave marker is not permitted because these items present challenges to groundskeepers. These instructions are posted on a sign on the north side of the Myra Wilson Chapel.

Longino said the website www.sulphurspringscitycemetery.org is up. On the website is a searchable index of known burials in the cemetery.

The society wants to thank Jimmy Herman and staff for removing dead trees on the cemetery’s property across Debord Street.

The next society meeting will be held at Myra Wilson Chapel at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10.