The annual meeting of the Leading Creek (Montrose) Primitive Baptist and IOOF Cemetery Trustees took place recently, and it was called to order by the Chairman Velden B. "Benny" Linn II.
He welcomed the following members: Joe Godwin; Lovell Greathouse and his wife, Jackie, of Roswell, Ga.; Beth Guye Kittle; Marty Linn, secretary; and Bob Wilmoth, treasurer. Linn welcomed all members and reiterated the long-range goal of the trustees "to maintain this historic cemetery for the next 100 years." He also thanked everyone who participates in the upkeep of the cemetery.
Minutes were read and approved, and the treasurer's report was given. Costs for mowing in 2011 were $2,475, under budget by $275. Wilmoth noted that Trevor Murphy and his father, Jack, were doing an excellent job of mowing the cemetery and noted that the trustees were most appreciative of a donation of $500 from the town of Montrose.
Shown during cemetery cleanup are Lovell Greathouse and Ronnie Hart.
Sharon Bedford had provided the auditor's report for 2011 by email to all executive committee members, and Wilmoth reviewed all cemetery funds for 2011.
Linn said Cindy DeMotto is the contact for lot/space sales in Area 5, replacing Dicey Likens. He expressed the appreciation of the trustees for the work that Likens has done during the years for the cemetery. There were no burials or sales in 2011.
Godwin reported that there were two requests for burials in family spaces in the old part of the cemetery. Spaces were checked and verified by Godwin and Linn. Godwin acknowledged that several stones need work, and he will make an effort to take care of those.
There is a continued need for contributions to the maintenance fund. Anyone wishing to contribute to the upkeep of the cemetery should send checks to: Leading Creek Primitive Baptist and IOOF Cemetery, in care of Bob Wilmoth, 110 High St., Elkins, WV 26241.
Under new business, it was noted that it is still the policy of the trustees to use only the interest earned for cemetery upkeep. At the present time, mowing costs for 2012 and 2013 are covered. Linn reviewed the work completed on the shed during last summer, the painting of the roof and sides of the shed and a new sign for the lot/space sales posted on the shed.
Linn also reviewed the work completed on the cemetery on May 3-5. Trustees who participated during this time were Lovell Greathouse, Ronnie Hart, Benny and Marty Linn and Robert Wilmoth. Along the border between Area 5 and Area 4, along the tree line, the area was cleared of debris. Fence lines were sprayed and brush was hauled away for the Sharon Bedford family. Two areas of the old cemetery, Areas 1 and 3, were spread with lime - this being a follow-up of Areas 2 and 4 spread with lime in 2011.
The cemetery was cleared of any decoration considered withered or faded in addition to holders that would interfere with proper mowing. Old flags were replaced with new ones.
Linn thanked all those trustees who helped on the three work days and all those who give of their time and efforts in the care of the cemetery year-round. He noted that all are volunteers.
Linn stated that he and his wife, Marty, will look into purchasing new signs to mark the rows of Area 5 - these signs will replace the others on the fence.
The leveling of the graves was addressed once again. Attempts will be made to contact Elkins scout groups and Elkins High School seniors to see if any of them would be interested in assisting with this project. The replacement of the fence line, about 80 feet of woven wire, is needed at the back of the cemetery along Wilmoth Road. Godwin and Linn are going to check on this project as a possibility in upcoming months. Monetary donations would be welcome for this fence replacement.
Anyone interested in volunteering or getting more information can call Linn at 304-863-5497 or Wilmoth at 304-636-0961.