Minutes to Memorial Day 2019 and 3rd Annual Barto Browning Memorial Stew Coming Soon!!
Shady Grove Memorial Day 2018: Annual Meeting Minutes
The Shady Grove Cemetery Association met on Sunday, August 12, 2018, with President Larry Finney presiding. Larry gave the welcome and led the congregation in prayer. The annual meeting opened with the congregational singing of “Amazing Grace,” led by Cathy Lawson, local musician, and accompanied by her husband, Ron Lawson, on the guitar.
Sherry read the Dedication to the Deceased. Ten loved ones were deceased from August 2017-August 2018, and included the following:
David Marion Barry
May 12, 1953 ~ August 7, 2017
Billye Juanita (Ayers) Messimer
May 29, 1929 ~ September 21, 2017
Joy Darlene (Patrick) Harless
June 19, 1958 ~ October 20, 2017
Bobbie Ruth (Cater) Hollingsworth
January 11, 1928 ~ December 12, 2017
Derrell Clinton Hollingsworth
September 13, 1933 ~ December 18, 2017
Danny Glynn Garner
September 17, 1957 ~ December 29, 2017
Boyd Summers, Jr.
April 14, 1949 ~ January 10, 2018
Connie Sue (Hamrick) Cason
April 14, 1967 ~ February 9, 2018
Prescott Leon “Stoney” Browning
November 28, 1963 ~ May 21, 2018
Roy Lynn Henson
September 4, 1946 ~ June 1, 2018
Two additional ones, having had pre-existing headstones, were noted as deceased at Memorial Day 2018 due to The Association not receiving notification of their burial at the time in 2014 and 2016:
Louie Gilbert Criswell
December 15, 1927 ~ April 13, 2014
Glenda (Saxon) Puryear
July 8, 1939 ~ December 11, 2016
The business meeting was called to order by Larry Finney. Vickie Baber Snyder, Belinda Baber Riley, and Joyce Wisdom Vanginault were recognized by Larry for their efforts on the program committee. Minutes for the last meeting were read and approved. The financial report was reviewed and approved by the membership. Sherry shared about the cemetery’s various communication resources: website, Facebook page, and mail-out of biannual newsletter. A special thank you was given to Linda Mills Roycroft for her assistance with the newsletter mail-out. Members were encouraged to update contact information as needed. Sherry noted the addition of “Friends of the Stout Community” group she formed on Facebook and encouraged folks to join the group, considering the close connection among families from Stout and Shady Grove.
New business included the elections held for the 2018-2021 terms of Sherry Finney, Secretary-Treasurer, and Joyce Vanginault, Director. Dru Keith Glazener and Vickie Baber Snyder nominated the two for re-election. There were no other nominations, and the votes were unanimously passed by acclamation. There was no further new business.
Old business included a review of the progress of the church renovations project, the cookbook project, the memorial fence project, and the clearing/boundary fence project. Current donations for special projects total $20,677.57.
Cookbook sales, which we surmise should be about $5,000, will benefit the church renovations project, helping us reach our goal of $25,000 for beginning the outside church improvements. Printing costs of $855 have already been paid for by an anonymous donor. Cookbook is nearing completion.
The cemetery’s website contains all forms and information about purchasing a fence panel, or you may contact Marilyn Browning Burrow or Sherry Mills Finney for assistance. Sherry reported that we are two-thirds finished with the memorial fence project, having already installed forty-four panels and three gates, leaving twenty-one panels remaining to be sold. Of those twenty-one, four have been sold, with seventeen still remaining.
Property survey is in progress, and clearing is completed on the fencerows. Special appreciation was given to Sam Gearner, Eric Hart, and Benton Burrow for their work in clearing. We are still logging some pines which will continue in cooler weather. An anonymous donor will be providing $3,000 toward the boundary fencing.
Other old business included a review of two important cemetery events:
The Barto Browning Memorial Stew and Silent Auction 2017 was a great success and will be held again in 2018 but on the second Saturday instead of the first Saturday. The date will be Sat., Nov. 10, 2018, 4:00-7:00 p.m. Stew and desserts will be served. Funds earned benefit special projects for church and cemetery improvements.
In an effort to increase participation and to provide a more convenient time for folks to attend the annual Box Supper event, Box Supper 2018 was changed from the last Friday night in April at 7:00 p.m. to the last Saturday afternoon in April at 4:00 p.m. Night driving by the elders was eliminated, and out-of-town working folks didn’t have to rush to drive a long distance at the end of a long work week. The change was a great success and will continue in 2019. The date will be Sat., April 27, 2019, 4:00-7:00 p.m. Funds earned benefit the perpetual care of the cemetery.
Memorial Day 2018 donations for the General Fund were $2,232.00 which benefited the perpetual care of the cemetery. Sherry reminded folks that donations are accepted at any time throughout the year and may be designated, if desired, for either the General Fund (perpetual care) or Special Projects Account (church and cemetery improvements). There is a PayPal link on the cemetery’s website for your ease in donating. The Association appreciates the generosity of folks as we work on church and cemetery improvements in addition to supporting the perpetual care of the cemetery.
Ron and Cathy Lawson provided more special singing which was enjoyed by all. Special songs included “How Great Thou Art” and “I Saw the Light.”
Mr. Israel Lewis, founder and director of the Christian Counseling Center in Sulphur Springs, Texas, was the guest speaker, and he spoke on “immense patience” as related in 1 Timothy 1:16…“but for that very reason, I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.” Israel demonstrated “immense patience” in an interactive game with the youngsters and in a personal analogy about waiting in line at a convenience store, stressing the theme of exercising patience, being grateful, and remembering that “it’s not all about me.” He encouraged members to be grateful for the legacy of our forebearers and their sacrifices. Larry noted the contribution of land for the cemetery by Reuben Elledge in 1855 when little five-year-old Bobby Scoggins was laid to rest after drowning in a local mill pond. He further noted that The Association purchased a panel in Elledge’s memory and for his land contribution and that the Browning family purchased a panel in Scoggins’ memory as the first grave in Shady Grove Cemetery.
There being no further business, announcements were made about the three upcoming events: (1) the 2nd Annual Barto Browning Memorial Stew and Silent Auction on Sat., Nov. 10, 2018, at 4:00 p.m.; (2) the Box Supper and Live Auction on Sat., April 27, 2019, at 4:00 p.m., which will be the 104th consecutive Box Supper event; and, (3) the next Memorial Day on Sun., Aug. 11, 2019, at 10:30 a.m.
Fifty-six members were in attendance at the annual meeting. The closing song, “Precious Memories,” was led by the Lawsons. A motion to adjourn was made and passed by acclamation. The closing prayer and blessing of the meal were led by Israel. Larry dismissed the congregation, and the abundant potluck lunch was spread inside the church due to rainy conditions. Lunch was enjoyed by all.
Sherry Finney, Secretary/Treasurer
August 18, 2018
SHADY GROVE MEMORIAL DAY 2017: ANNUAL MEETING MINUTES
The Shady Grove Cemetery Association met on Sunday, August 13, 2017, with President Larry Finney presiding. Special singing was done by Cathy Lawson, local musician, and accompanied by her husband, Ron Lawson, on the guitar. The annual meeting opened with special singing of “Crossing Over the Jordan” and “How Great Thou Art.” Mr. Jeff Hightower, son of Dwight and Becky Hightower, and current Chairman of the Board of Cypress Cemetery in Winnsboro, Texas, was the guest speaker, and he spoke about traditions and similarities among perpetual care cemeteries and how we must ensure their future. Thirty-nine members were in attendance at the annual meeting.
The business meeting was called to order by Larry Finney. Minutes for the last meeting were read and approved. The financial report was reviewed and approved by the membership. Elections were held for the 2017-2019 terms of Larry Finney, President, and for the 2017-2020 terms of Belinda Baber Riley and Marilyn Browning Burrow, Directors. Vickie Baber Snyder and Dru Glazener nominated the three for re-election. There were no other nominations, and the votes were unanimously passed by acclamation.
Larry shared about the cemetery’s various communication resources: website, Facebook page, and mail-out of biannual newsletter. A special thank you was given to Linda Mills Roycroft for her assistance with the newsletter mail-out. He encouraged members to update contact information as needed. The wild hog issue was another discussion item, with Larry noting that a hog trapper is assisting with the problem, having captured ten hogs so far. A future goal is to have the cemetery fully enclosed to help impede the travel of wild hogs into the cemetery.
Old business included a review of the progress of the church renovations project and the memorial fence project. Current donations for church renovations include $4,100. The Board is planning two fundraisers to help raise funds. The cemetery’s website contains all forms and information about purchasing a fence panel, or you may contact Marilyn Browning Burrow or Sherry Mills Finney for assistance. The first installation of eighteen panels was Dec. 29, 2016. The second installation of eleven more panels was Aug. 10, 2017, for a total of twenty-nine panels installed. The third order is ongoing, with six orders already. Marilyn has ordered east and west gates for installation, hopefully in Nov. 2017.
New business included a review and discussion of the recent directors’ meeting held on Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, 6:00-8:30 pm, at the Taylor Drive Activity Center, Winnsboro, Texas, as follows:
Decision was made by the Board for Vickie Baber Snyder to obtain bid from Hart Tree Service to clear off south and east perimeters of cemetery to prepare for chain link fence installation (old chain link from old fence for south side and earn funds to eventually purchase chain link for east side.) Marilyn will get other bids as well for this clearing brush project.
Decision was made by the Board to erect a 16x24 pavilion next to the church on the east side. Marilyn Browning Burrow, Nancy Browning Stewart, and their families have donated supplies and labor to erect a pavilion in Barto Browning’s memory, which could be used by families having only graveside services for their loved ones or used for other church and cemetery activities.
Decision was made by the Board to attach the old refurbished Shady Grove sign to the arched end of the new pavilion as an historical artifact.
Decision was made by the Board to pursue creating a Shady Grove cookbook as a fundraiser to boost the church renovations account. Cookbook information was distributed and will also be posted under the Cookbook Project tab on the cemetery’s website and on the SGC Facebook page.
Decision was made by the Board to increase cost of a lot from $200 to $300 each, effective Jan. 1, 2018.
Decision was made by the Board to increase the clean-up fee for burials from $75 to $100, effective Jan. 1, 2018.
Decision was made by the Board to purchase a fence panel in memory and historical recognition of Reuben Elledge, who donated the land for the cemetery in 1855. Also, Marilyn, Nancy, and their families are purchasing a fence panel in memory of Bobby Scoggins, the first burial in the cemetery in 1855.
The decision was made by the Board to organize a stew fundraiser at the church on Sat., Nov. 4, 4:00-6:00 pm. Stew and desserts will be served. Funds earned will benefit the church renovations project. Plans are to have this event annually, and entitle it the Annual Barto Browning Memorial Stew and Silent Auction 2017, in recognition of the Browning family’s various recent contributions to the cemetery in Barto’s memory.
In an effort to increase participation and to provide a more convenient time for folks to attend the annual Box Supper event, the decision was made by the Board to experimentally change Box Supper 2018 from Fri. night, April 27, 7:00 pm, to Sat. afternoon, April 28, 4:00 pm. Night driving by the elders will be eliminated, and out-of-town working folks will not have to rush to drive a long distance at the end of a long work week.
Discussion was had to determine interest in establishing a quilting club in 2018, after the cookbook project is complete. Maybe, Stitchin’ Guys & Gals Club (SGGC)…to match initials of SGC. If men don’t want to quilt, this might be a good opportunity for them to complete honey-do projects at church and cemetery, while the ladies quilt, and then enjoy a potluck lunch. After 2018, we will need to provide quilts for auctioning at the Box Supper. Geneva Messimer Kennemer was recognized for her many years of providing the Box Supper quilt, having quilted many of Ruth McAllister Bailey’s s donated quilt tops.
Memorial Day 2017 donations for the Working Fund were $1,819.00, including the Love Offering of $152 returned as an additional donation to the cemetery. All donations benefit the perpetual care of the cemetery.
More special singing by Ron and Cathy Lawson was enjoyed by all.
Eight loved ones were deceased from August 2016-August 2017, and included the following:
Audry (Garner) Blair
April 29, 1934-August 22, 2016
Lloyd Wayne "Rocky" Lancaster
August 13, 1955-October 17, 2016
Alice Imogene (Jordan) Myers
December 30, 1926-October 31, 2016
Glenda (Saxon) Puryear
July 8, 1939-December 11, 2016
June 28, 1938-December 25, 2016
Karen Ann (Bradshaw) Swindell
October 25, 1955-May 28, 2017
Billy Dean Roycroft
September 5, 1940-July 11, 2017
David Marion Barry
May 12, 1953-August 7, 2017
There being no further business, announcements were reminded about the two upcoming events, one being the 1st Annual Barto Browning Memorial Stew and Silent Auction on Sat., Nov. 4, 2017, at 4:00 p.m., and another being the Box Supper on Sat., April 28, 2018, at 4:00 p.m., which will be the 103rd consecutive Box Supper event, quite an historical accomplishment.
The closing song was “Precious Memories.” A motion to adjourn was made and passed. The meal prayer was led by Larry, and the potluck lunch was spread inside the church due to rainy conditions. Lunch was enjoyed by all.