Back in May there was a letter in your paper from someone taking care of a country cemetery at Porterwood, needing some donations keeping up the cemetery. Since then I have been thinking, what is going to happen to our country cemeteries?
I, myself, have two that I worry about. My son, Bobby, is buried in the Kelly Mountain Cemetery. We bought our own lots there. In this graveyard are buried the following families: Elzas, Hysons, Whites, Finks, two families of Schoonovers, two families of Tripletts, Sanders, Knavenshue, two families of Hedricks, Isners, Pettons and some we don't know.
There have been five burial lots sold and a couple donations in the last couple years. It is mowed at least four times a year.
The other graveyards I see to are the Kerns Family Cemetery, Sully (Middle Mountain). It was my grandad's family. In it are: Bernard Van Gilder, Showalter, Teter, Riddle, Chisolm, Ross, Groves, Lambert, a number of Carr families, McBee, Coberly and some I don't know. I just take care of seeing that it is mowed. I am lucky to find a young man who mows it four times a year. I have only gotten one donation this year. Usually I get four.
One of these days there will be no one to look after the country cemeteries. I know of four that are lost, including the Long cemetery, across from Hendricks on the back side of Shaver Mountain. Someone put a nice fence around it a number of years ago. Now the fence is gone and trees have fallen on it.
One is on the upper Chenoweth Creek/Kelly Mountain Road on what we call Painter Hill. There is a soldier buried there.
The VFW used to put a flag on his grave every year; now no one bothers with the graves.
One is on the Pond Lick Road off the Kelly Mountain Road on what used to be a farm, and the other is on the Bemis Road. The only people that see these are the hunters and fishermen that go hunting and fishing there.
People who have family in the cemeteries should know without donations they will soon be gone like a lot of others. Soon me and my friend at Kelly Mountain Cemetery will be too old to see to these. What will happen then? It's something to think about.