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Donations Sought For Palmer Cemetery Grave Adoption

By Staff | Apr 24, 2019

Many times when someone dies there just aren’t enough funds to pay for the funeral and to mark the grave with some type of durable monument. Plans are, that at some point and time in the future, a monument will be purchased. In the meantime, a temporary marker is used to mark the grave.

When the grass is cut, sometimes the temporary markers get snagged and chewed by weedeaters, lawn mowers or brush hogs. Currently at the Palmer Cemetery near Proctor, there are approximately 50 graves that needs permanent markers.

The caretaker, Weldon Williams, has worked out a special deal with the monument supplier he uses and can provide a small granite marker (20″ x 10″ x 4″) at their special rate of $90 for each grave. Williams is looking for folks who are willing to donate funds to purchase these granite markers. Anyone willing to adopt an entire grave the cost would be $90 for the single grave; otherwise, any amount can be donated to help adopt a grave. The total goal for Adopt a Grave is $4,750.

Last names of some of the individuals in need of markers: Moore, Rhodes, Palmer, Converse, Cox, Sovil, Dunham, McKinney, Brown, Longwell, White, Davis, Smith, McLaughlin, Stiles and Greathouse.

Donations may be made by swinging through the drive thru window of Bayer Heritage Federal Credit Union or making a check out to Palmer Cemetery and mailing it to Palmer Cemetery, 1224 S Bridge St., New Martinsville, WV 26155. On the memo line write “adopt a grave.”

If Williams is unable to raise enough funds another fund raiser will take place in the near future. He would like to get these 50 markers in and set by Labor Day 2019. A GoFundMe has been set up as well, titled “Palmer Cemetery Adopt A Grave.”