Quentin D. Anderson Sr.
No disrespect intended
Dear Mystery Caller:
I am sorry that our light-hearted approach for today’s Athens Cemetery Walk upset you. I hope that is not due to the fact that you lost a loved one recently and you would naturally be much more sensitive.
I assure you that we mean no disrespect. On the contrary, the reason for the Cemetery Walk is to remember those who have gone before us and helped create the wonderful town we now know as Athens.
One of the main supporters of this is the Hobbs Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The camp has a “cemetery work crew” that works one day a month on cemetery repairs. We work both in Athens City Cemetery and in rural cemeteries. Some are quite overgrown.
The red numbers on the picture refer to repairs done the summer of 2009. We do this out of respect for our Confederate ancestors and their families. The red 1 for the Hobbs family plot represents many man-hours and several hundred dollars to refurbish the family plot and add a stone to commemorate Thomas Hubbard Hobbs, who is buried in Virginia. The Hobbs descendants help us with donations that helped pay for the fence and flagpoles and the sod was donated.
We just finished landscaping the Keyes (No. 2 in the picture) and putting a curb around it. The grass is just now emerging. John Wade Keyes was a Revolutionary War soldier instead of a Confederate soldier, but our camp felt like he and his family deserved this token of our respect. Come out for the cemetery walk and listen to one of his descendents tell you why he was special.
The Athens City Cemetery work is charged with the basic upkeep, which mainly means keeping the grass cut, broken limbs and fallen trees removed, and maintaining the roads. They do not have the manpower, budget, or expertise to do some of the repairs we do. They have been very good for us to work with.
Another motive of the Cemetery Walk is to make more people aware of the repairs that are needed. Do come on out between 2 and 5 this afternoon, Sept. 30, and see for yourself the evidence of our respect for those buried here. What have you done to help the cemetery, besides an anonymous phone call?