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Garvin County Cemetery Desecrations
It's good to see that the majority of our young people are part of the solution rather than part of the problem. Maybe the Paoli story will help inspire other young people to lend their talents to helping solve the problem of cemetery vandalism rather than contributing to it.
Pauls Valley Daily Democrat, Friday, March 23, 2001
Taking a stand, By Stephen Beets, Staff Writer
Agricultural students from Paoli High School, along with some concerned local citizens, recently joined together to build gates to stop vandals from destroying the town's cemetery. The cemetery has been vandalized a number of times in recent months and students and citizens have had enough. "They (vandals) throw beer bottles at tombstones" siad Kellie DeArman, a concerned Paoli citizen. Ten students from the Paoli Ag Mechanics and Ag II classes have built gates for the cemetery to try to deter vandals. The most recent act of vandalizm included the removal of a tombstone. "These are the remains of our family and they should be protected not destroyed." DeArman said. Those citizens involved in intalling the gates were DeArman, Ben Robbins and Charlie Moore. (The article included a picture of the gates with Paoli seniors, Michael Hagan and James Dulin, who helped build them, standing next to them.)
There was a recent letter to the editor in the Pauls Valley paper (I can't find it just now) which stated that flowers and mementos left at their loved one's gravesite kept disappearing, sometimes overnight.
Old Purdy Cemetery
Date: Tue, 06 Mar 2001 19:37:18 -0600
From: Mary Gonshor <email@example.com>:
Old Purdy Cemetery
I was over at the Old Purdy Cemetery today; my Great Great Grandparents stone, ABP Mayfield broken from base as was Sarah Masoner's - my other Great Great Grandmother. Daniel Harrison's stone broken. Is there any way to repair same - someone to report these atrocities to - have you heard anything about the cemetery--beer bottles strewn around;
need to be cleaned of brammbles - willing to help as I live in Cyril. appreciate any help, suggestions.
(Mary would like help cleaning up this cemetery - if you can or would like to help, please contact her)
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