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Volunteers clean up cemetery

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SPRING HOPE — A group of volunteers met Saturday morning to clean up Oak Dale Cemetery as a labor of love for folks unable to take care of their loved ones’ burial plots.

“We had a wonderful turnout,” said Becky Barbee, leader of the Friends of Oak Dale Cemetery.

In all, around 40 people showed up to rake leaves and pine straw and pick up trash and sticks.

Boy Scout Troop 37 and Girl Scout Troop 4835 were very helpful, Barbee said.

The cemetery is the final resting place of several veterans and they, along with everyone else buried in the cemetery, deserve a beautiful place for families to visit, Barbee said.

The Friends of Oak Dale Cemetery formed in 2017 with a mission to improve the cemetery to show respect for the people buried there, Barbee said.

The group has a mailing list 200 people strong who all contribute in some form or other including donations to help on cleanup days, Barbee said.

The group is a ministry of Gibson Memorial United Methodist Church. For more information, call Becky Barbee at 252-303-0425.