Ward Cemetery Advisory Committee is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization licensed to conduct business and fundraising in the state of West Virginia. The Committee's primary purpose is to to assist with the preservation and beautification of Ward Cemetery, and to provide a public service to the community and to family and friends who have loved ones interred at Ward Cemetery. Committee members are volunteers. The Ward Cemetery Advisory Committee's preservation and beautification efforts are supported by donations from the area's local businesses and residents. Thank you for your support!
The Ward Cemetery Advisory Committee is exempt from charitable solicitation registration in West Virginia. The Ward Cemetery Advisory Committee does not employ a professional solicitor or fundraiser, and does not raise or receive contributions from the public in excess of $25,000.00 during a calendar year.
WARD CEMETERY ADVISORY COMMITTEE OFFICERS
BURIAL RECORDS MANAGER
Jan Smith Richardson
c/o Sherry Smith
3012 Dorsey Drive
Belle WV 25015
Ward Cemetery Advisory Committee shall exist to assist with the preservation and beautification of Ward Cemetery located on Kelly’s Creek near Cedar Grove in Kanawha County, West Virginia.
PURPOSE AND GOALS
- To assist the Ward Cemetery in continuing to serve the surrounding communities as an active burial ground, and to aid in the preservation of the fencing, buildings, and infrastructure of the cemetery for the primary purpose of providing a volunteer public service to family and friends who have loved ones interred at Ward Cemetery, and to provide a volunteer public service to the community as a whole.
- To assist with the beautification of the Ward Cemetery including mowing, planting, seeding, fertilizing, raking, pruning, and other activities related to caring for the grounds, in an attempt to provide a more accessible community resource.
Please Note: Terraces, curbs, and similar structures, headstones, statues, and other grave monuments, are the personal property of the family who purchased them or built them. The family of the deceased is responsible for the installation, care and maintenance of these items. If you are the owner of a headstone, repairs and replacements may sometimes be covered by your homeowner's policy. The government will sometimes replace worn or damaged military headstones upon request of the family.
The Ward Cemetery Advisory Committee members and officers are volunteers who donate their time to serve on the committee. Ward Cemetery is an old community cemetery. It is NOT a perpetual care cemetery and there are no deeded plots. The cemetery is very old and depends on donations and volunteers to assist in its care and preservation. There is no private owner on record for Ward Cemetery and there is no one to care for the cemetery except for the volunteers. The volunteers do the best they can as time and money allows.
Only so much can be accomplished with limited funds and limited volunteers. If the current volunteers abandon their work due to lack of funds, lack of support, or unwarranted criticism, the cemetery will become completely overgrown, as there is no one else to care for it. The care of the cemetery will revert back to each family being responsible for taking care of their own family graves as it was in times past.
If you are unhappy about the condition of the cemetery or think the length of the grass is unacceptable, you are invited and encouraged to attend the Advisory Committee Meetings, become a volunteer, and donate your time to help improve conditions. If you cannot attend the meetings or physically help with the work, donations are always appreciated, as the cemetery grounds cannot be maintained without sufficient funds.
The next meeting of the Ward Cemetery Advisory Committee will be Tuesday, April 21, 2020, at 1 p.m. at Shrewsbury Baptist Church, 1096 Ferry Street, Shrewsbury, WV. Everyone is invited to attend and all will be welcomed.
The Ward Cemetery Advisory Committee, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit organization with public charity status.