Cemetery group needs help moving markers

Published 10:05 pm Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Chilton Cemetery Association needs help to put grave markers at some of the county’s most historic cemeteries.

The organization has several headstones to put on graves in the Jumbo community and in Thorsby and Maplesville. However, the group needs help transporting the markers from Calera to the graveyards.

Kat Reece, with the association, hopes someone with a pickup truck will volunteer to help the group. Reece said the group would be glad to pay for gas money.

Many of them will be placed at the Williams-Goodgame cemetery, which has been vandalized many times over the years.

Three veterans are buried in Williams-Goodgame. These are Thomas Williams, the first sheriff of Chilton County (then Baker County), who was a second lieutenant in the Confederacy; John Goodgame, who fought in the Creek War of 1836; and Edward Willis, who served in the 39th Alabama Infantry, Company F.

If you can help the association with the project, please call Reece at 294-2197.

The group has a work day planned for the cemetery on Aug. 14 and would like the markers to be in place by then.