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Greenwood to restore veteran grave markers

Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 2:22 pm

PLEASE NOTE: The breakfast scheduled for Saturday, May 4th has been postponed, future date to be announced.

May 4, 2019, is the annual spring breakfast being served for the benefit of Greenwood Cemetery.
The American Legion building on Hwy 79 will be the site for hot biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, grilled sausage, pancakes and drinks. Serving will begin at 7 a.m. and will continue until 9:30 a.m. Tickets are $8.
This last 12 months have been busy at the cemetery. Following the two storms during the summer of 2018 and its cleanup and tree removal, the board is moving along with another major stone restoration project.
David Snyder from “Jacobs Ladder” will be returning to raise the cemetery’s military markers. There are over 60 markers on stone bases that were laid flat on the ground, marking a veterans grave with his military service information. Through the years these markers have sunk below grade level and in some cases have become buried in dirt and weeds.
Each stone with a plaque will be pried up and resettled after the hole has been properly prepared and filled with chat. The project will begin this month. A generous donation from the Dudley Patton Harvey Post 349 Ladies Auxiliary earmarked specifically for this project has spurred the board to commit to addressing all military markers. If anyone would like to help offset the costs involved in this project send donations to Melva Lovell, PO Box 315, Clarksville Mo., 63336 and designate a military marker. The cost to realign each stone is fifty dollars.
One of our veterans whose military plaque will be lifted and reset is Moss Redd, the father of board member Daisy Warren. Redd was born in Clarksville on Oct. 20, 1909 to Fielden and Elizabeth Gillum Redd. He married Mary A. Bolden on April 5, 1935, and was a father to five children. He worked in the orchards at the Weakley farm.
Moss’ time of service from March 1943 through November 1945 during World War II was spent in the Army with TEC5 Ambulance CO 587.
His brother, Arch Redd, also served in the army. He married Cordelia Van Dyke who was a well known pianist at Green Chapel Baptist Church in Clarksville. Their father Fielden Redd and grandfather Commodore Redd are buried at Greenwood in the Public Burial Grounds.
These two men were well known in Clarksville. Jim T. Cooper fondly recalls:
“ Arch had an identical twin, Otha, who was well known as a chef in restaurants in Louisiana, especially the one by the bridge at the intersection of Hwy 79 and 54.
Arch worked at the store for years, until his death in August of 1965. He was very close to both Stephen and me and our entire family. One of my favorite stories was about what Stephen’s name was going to be when he was born. I was five at the time, and Arch claimed I was closed mouth about it and wouldn’t tell him. Finally, one day, and I remember this, Arch finally said, ‘if that boy doesn’t have a name, I will give him one. We will call him John Henry.’  And from that day forward he called Stephen ‘John Henry’. Never anything else. No one else that I recall used that.
“I remember Moss as being very much a gentleman and somewhat mechanically inclined.”
Both Arch and Moss served in the army in WWII. Their headstones recognize that. The graves are to the west, a couple hundred feet down the road into what was once known as black or colored section.
Both of these gentlemen were well respected in the entire community. They would have been the sort of person that others would have turned to for advice and assistance in troubled times.”
There is an area in Greenwood located in the far southwest corner of the “old cemetery” known as the Public Burial Grounds. The area is approximately 100 feet by 120 feet and contains hundreds of unmarked graves. The city records show burials as early as 1869 and with last internment in 1966.

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