Bethel Cemetery Memorial Service to be held July 13

A JOINT PROJECT — Three churches in the Bethel community meet together annually to discuss the community cemetery and its upkeep.

The 65th annual Bethel Cemetery Memorial Service was held last Sunday.

The event featured a worship service to honor ancestors and family members buried in the Bethel Community Cemetery.

A covered dish luncheon followed at the Bethel Middle School Cafeteria, and an offering for the cemetery upkeep was taken after a financial update.

The Bethel cemetery came into being on Dec. 19, 1854, through the generosity of Elijah Deaver Sr. The community cemetery faces a beautiful view of both Cold Mountain and Mount Pisgah.

The Bethel cemetery is the resting place for not only cherished family members but those who have made a place in history.

The list includes William Pinkney Inman of Cold Mountain fame and 50-plus unnamed slaves from the 1800s. The cemetery committee has begun the process of placing a plaque in the cemetery to honor those unnamed graves.

There are no provisions to ensure the upkeep of the original section.

The late Rev. Thomas Erwin and people in the community, relatives and friends decided to meet together on the second Sunday in July with Bethel Baptist, Bethel Methodist and Bethel Presbyterian churches meeting together for the service and luncheon.

Trustees of the cemetery and committee members include: Bill Holbrook, chairman, Chuck Cathey, Carl Ledford, James Duncan, Ricky Hannah, Allison Cathey Suttles, Doris Cathey, Tom Cathey, Robert Cathey, Julie Cathey, Jason Ledford, Diane Lane, Earlene Holbrook, Becky Ledford, Linda Duncan, Norman Long, J.M. Long, and Linda Caldwell.

Contributions for the maintenance of the cemetery and perpetual care fund can be made payable to: Bethel Memorial Cemetery Fund and mailed to Bill Holbrook, 3401 Old River Road, Waynesville, NC 28786. Lots are also being sold in the cemetery.

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