On May 30, Rose Sturdivant Young, president and founder of Friends of Old Westview Cemetery, Inc. (FOWC), headquartered in Washington, D.C., Gustine Rogers, secretary of the board of directors in Washington, D.C., and Diana Carlton, board of directors member out of Charlotte, made their annual visit to Old Westview Cemetery located in Wadesboro.
Cemetery clean-up and maintenance is one of our priorities. From June through September 2012, the corporation hired Nolan Scarbrough of ASG Landscaping Service to clean the cemetery and they did a wonderful job. This spring FOWC hired Cary Rodgers, Empowered Task Force Lawn Service, an Industry of Pathway to Peace Ministries, to clean and maintain the cemetery through the Fall of 2013.
Upon our arrival in Wadesboro on May 30, we went directly to the Old Westview Cemetery. When we arrived at the cemetery, Mr. Rodgers and his crew were working in the cemetery. His crew was doing an admirable job. As we walked through the cemetery, we were delighted to see that some family members with loved ones buried in OWC had placed flowers and American flags throughout the cemetery.
The corporation is pleased that the community is now aware that this once abandoned cemetery is now being restored and maintained.
It has been 12 years since the corporation has begun the restoration of Old Westview, and within the last few years of maintenance, the cemetery no longer appears abandoned and forgotten. And, that the community respects the people buried in this historical landmark and will continue to assist the corporation in keeping the cemetery sacred and free of debris.
During the corporation’s visit to Wadesboro, we arranged meetings with several businesses and provided them with the corporation’s official documents and details of its achievements and goals. We also requested their assistance toward our long term goals.
Present at the meeting were: Phyllis Dawkins — certified financial center leader, BB&T Bank; Ryan Hargett — branch manager, PNC Bank; Kim Faulker — director of Human Resources, Pee Dee Electric; Neil Jones — retired county commissioner and attorney; Harvey Leavitt — Leavitt Funeral Home; Dock Donahue — Wadesboro Lumber & Barns; John Green — Anson Sign Company; SFC Ryan Burris — North Carolina Army National Guard-Co C; and attorney George C. Bower — Poisson, Poisson, Bower. The corporation was referred to Attorney George Bower to represent the corporation since the death of Attorney Robert E. Little III.
We are pleased to announce that Cary Rodgers and Courtney McCall Sikes have agreed to work with the corporation. If anyone has not submitted their loved one’s name to be entered in the Old Westview Database, please do so immediately, at email: Oldwestview10@hotmail.com or call 202-832-2483.
Mark Dec. 7, 2013 for FOWC’s Annual Holiday Gala at the Washington Navy Yard, in Washington, D.C.