The Memorial Day and Annual Meeting 2020 at Shady Grove Cemetery, traditionally scheduled for the second Sunday in August (Sun., Aug. 9, 2020), will be canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and continued increases in cases, not only in Texas but in our very own Wood County as well. 

This event will not be rescheduled. Please share this cancellation news with friends and family.  I will also have cancellation notices in the weekly Winnsboro newspaper for the next two weeks.

Memorial Day contributions and funds earned from the Box Supper fundraiser are both traditionally designated for our caretaker salary and basic cemetery operations. We are asking, but only if you are financially able and secure during these difficult times, to send a donation to the cemetery, please.

Mailed donations to help support the upkeep of the cemetery may be sent to Shady Grove Cemetery, P.O. Box 861, Winnsboro, TX 75494. We also have PayPal available for sending donations. PayPal donations can be sent to but be sure to designate “friends and family” to avoid a fee. For more information, contact Sherry Finney at 903-438-7455 by texting or calling or email to Many thanks to several folks who have already contributed. I can’t adequately express how much your continued support means to us! 

Also, I delayed mailing out newsletters in July, when I realized the probability of having Memorial Day was becoming bleak and minuscule. I’ll be editing that newsletter to include those deceased from August 1, 2019-July 31, 2020, and then mailing out after July 31.

I will continue to remain hopeful about having our stew event in November. No discussion among directors has been done about that yet.  The decision will be made just like we’ve done with the cancellations of the Box Supper and Memorial Day.  Stay tuned.

I’m so looking forward to everyone having some normalcy in their lives again! These are tough times, but somehow God will see us through. Please continue to pray for our world!

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