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Mark you calendars for Fri., April 26, 2024, 10:00 a.m. for our Civil War Veterans' Roll Call...and...for Sat., April 27, 2024, for our Annual Box & Pie Supper and Live Auction 2024, 4:00 p.m.!!

We have two upcoming events at Shady Grove Cemetery. First, on Friday, April 26, 10:00 a.m., in recognition of Confederate History Month, celebrated in Texas each April since 1999, the Sons of Confederate Veterans Mechanized Calvary (motorcycles) of the Upshur County Patriots, Camp # 2109, Sons of Confederate Veterans will visit Shady Grove Cemetery to pay tribute and respect to the memory of our fourteen Civil War veterans. There will be a formal roll call of these fourteen veterans to be answered by descendants of these soldiers as well as a brief discussion of the purpose of Confederate History Month, which is to preserve the history and legacy of these heroes. To honor our Confederate ancestors as well as recognize our heritage, the non-controversial First National CSA Flag will be placed at the gravesite of each Civil War veteran. The program will last about thirty minutes.

 

Second, the annual Shady Grove Box & Pie Supper and Live Auction 2024 will be held on Saturday, April 27, 4:00 p.m. It will be the 107th Box Supper fundraising event in Shady Grove Cemetery history. Funds earned will benefit the perpetual care of the cemetery. Sadly, we can no longer say “consecutive Box Supper” due to the coronavirus cancellations in 2020 and 2021, and without the two cancellations, it would’ve been the 109th. Also, we will have our traditional drawing for an old-time, handmade full-sized quilt, which was pieced and quilted by the late Temple Mills Miller, longtime church and cemetery supporter. Temple was the daughter of James Pinkney Mills II and Vila Mae Gearner Mills Steele and step-daughter of Thomas Austin Steele. Temple was married to the late Charlie Miller. The quilt was donated by Linda Miller Taylor, Temple’s daughter. (Quilt pictures are on our Facebook page and below on our website.) Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 and will be available at the event for purchase.  (As you will remember, our tickets are not fancy but just recycled cracker box squares with your name and phone number.)  You do not have to be present to win.  The youngest person in attendance on Box Supper night will draw the lucky winner! This is another special tradition which has continued throughout the years. Pre-sales may be made by contacting me at 903-438-7455 or contacting any director. Ticket money may be sent online via PayPal under the Donate tab on our website, but be sure to denote “friends and family” to avoid a fee. Let me know if you use PayPal, so I can look for it and get your tickets timely completed for you and dropped in the drawing bag. Please call me, if you need to use any other payment methods.  And, of course, we accept cash or checks for ticket purchases. 

See attachments below for further information...Civil War Veterans List, Box Supper 2024 Newsletter, and Quilt 2024 Photos (to see quilt photos, click on each of the seven tiny rectangles below on the right side.)

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