In June 2013, a volunteer Advisory Committee was formed to oversee the maintenance and operation of the Ward Cemetery. Much has happened since that date: Lawn mowing equipment has been purchased; trees have been trimmed and removed, maintenance building has a new roof; the fence is in the process of being cleaned off; grading of the road on the Sugar Camp side, and the gate overhead sign has been repainted. The goal of the Committee is to have mowing done more often in 2014. The Committee was able to secure the services of the Mt. Olive Prison Community Service workers in 2013, and this has resulted in the ability to buy some mowing equipment and other needed maintenance equipment. Even with these services, there is the expense of providing lunches for 7 to 14 men, gas for mowers, string/gas for trimmers, and other costs. At present, we are in need of funds to purchase a riding mower to mow large expanses of grass outside the cemetery fence. The cemetery is 12 acres in size and is very time-consuming to get it all cut.

This year, another Mother’s Day weekend Benefit Gospel Sing with hot dog & bake sale will be held at the Ward Church of God (located beside the Cemetery) on Saturday, May 10 (10 am - 4 pm). Please plan to attend and remember to bring your lawn chair! (The church will host the Sing indoors if it rains). We are looking forward to another successful event.

Please feel free to contact John B. Kidd (304-727-5695) or Wanda Bass (304-767-8326) if you have questions or concerns or would be willing to be a much-needed volunteer. Everyone is welcome to attend the Advisory Committee meetings - check the Ward Cemetery website for dates. In years’ past, the Cemetery was funded by the Ward Funeral Fund -- today the Cemetery operates and depends on your donations. 

Please continue to send donations payable to Ward Cemetery, c/o Sherry Smith, 3012 Dorsey Dr., Belle, WV 25015. Thank you for your continued support.

The next meeting of the Ward Cemetery Advisory Committee will be held on June 12, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. at the Ward Church of God beside the cemetery. Everyone is welcome to attend. We need volunteers! Please join us!

                                                  MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

EVENT:  Ward Cemetery Benefit Gospel Sing (with hot dog & bake sale)

DATE:  Saturday, May 10, 2014

TIME:  10 am - 4 pm

LOCATION:  Ward Church of God Parking Lot (beside Ward Cemetery) 

RAIN LOCATION:  Inside Ward Church of God

Remember to bring your lawn chair!


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