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Finger residents clean up historic cemetery

Staff Photo By Jeff Whitten Janice Turner cleans up a grave at the Finger Cemetery cleanup Saturday.

Finger residents volunteered to help clean up the historic Finger Cemetery Saturday.

The cleanup was organized by the Finger Cemetery Committee, the association that manages the cemetery.

The committee consists of President Dennis Ward, John David Clayton, George Droke, Jere Redmon, Burl Malone and Myrna Malone.

 The association was formed three years ago by George Droke and Richard Leath. Attorney John Talbott drafted the papers.

Prior to the association, land for the cemetery had been donated by Droke’s family and adjoining property owners as needed.

This is the first community cleanup, according to committee president Dennis Ward.

Prior to that, George Droke had been doing the cleanup himself.

While Ward was unsure exactly how many people came to help out, he said he counted 14 cars.

Myrna Malone was pleased with the turnout.

“I didn’t expect to see this many people, but I’m really glad to see them. It looks like we had a really good turnout. I’m really pleased,” she said.

The volunteers mowed the cemetery, cleaned old flowers off the graves, filled in graves that had sunk, and sowed new grass. 

According to Ward, they will have a table set up for donations during decoration day, the second Sunday in May.

“Anyone who comes by and would like to donate would be appreciated to go toward mowing and upkeep of the cemetery,” Ward said.

The cemetery was first established in 1913 when A. J. Maness was buried there.

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