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Improvements ongoing at Greenwood Cemetery, donations solicited

The Greenwood Cemetery Preservation Association (GCPA) was incorporated as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization and recently unveiled their new website – gcpalamar. org. The mission of the GCPA is ‘To promote the protection, preservation, care and appreciation of the Greenwood Cemetery and to strive in all its efforts to insure the cemetery is maintained with honor and dignity for now and generations to come.’ The GCPA sponsored the Greenwood Cemetery Rededication June 3, 2015 and saw a large turnout of community leaders and citizens for the joyous but solemn ceremony to commemorate the importance of Greenwood Cemetery. Since the dedication the GCPA has accomplished much, while also identifying many projects for future improvement. ’Over the past two years, many wonderful improvements have occurred at the Cemetery. Brick pavers were installed at the main entrance, a wrought iron arch over the entrance with the name Greenwood Cemetery proudly displayed was added, and the streets throughout the cemetery have been resurfaced,’ said GCPA president Hedy Cauthen. ‘Work has also been done on the restoration of the Gideon Barnes gravesite and grave sites of other notable citizens who are important figures in Barnesville’s achievement is the installation of 31 brick columns and 770 linear feet of decorative fencing along the entire road frontage of the cemetery,’ she added. Though they have accomplished much in the past two years with the outpour of generosity from citizens who have family and friends in Greenwood Cemetery, the GCPA is still working towards funding future endeavors. Cauthen recently announced new improvement projects at the cemetery, including the construction of a second entrance matching the design of the primary entrance with brick pavers and a wrought iron arch with the cemetery name, the installation of area lighting along the main entrances and the repair work to monuments, statuary and other deteriorated elements throughout the cemetery. ’I am proud to be a part of the Greenwood Cemetery Preservation Association and want to personally ask you to help with any donation you are able to offer,’ said Cauthen. ‘We are proud that since our inception we have received donations totaling $148,478. It is our hope you will continue to help us honor your loved one, family, and friends that are buried in Greenwood.’ For more information, contact Cauthen or go to gcpalamar.org. Donations can be made online using the PayPal service or by checks payable to Greenwood Cemetery Preservation Association, 109 Forsyth Street, Barnesville. The GCPA is a registered non-profit, so all donations are tax deductible.

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