HAZARD — Last week, the Hazard Herald published an article about a Facebook group Cheryl Spurlock started to connect people with loved ones buried at Riverside Cemetery, and hopefully lead to a unified plan on the best method for providing steady upkeep of the cemetery.
Since last week’s article was published, Perry County couple, Allen Webb and Cheyenne Crutcher, have been devoting their spare time, free of charge, to cutting grass at Riverside, which is one of the largest cemeteries in the region. In the smoldering heat, the couple has tended to this work using a push-mower and a weed eater.
In a post to Cheryl Spurlock’s Riverside Cemetery Facebook group, Donna Campbell said, “To do what they (Webb and Crutcher) are doing, I see them as angels walking through a cemetery, caring about their heritage and ours, and caring about a cemetery that has been forgotten and trying to give it back the look it had years ago. I do want to say this much from what I have seen today; the care they had to remove flowers and put them back; they both have heart to care for something this size.To give up their free time and go do this without being asked or paid; my hat goes off to you and I was honored to shake your hand today.From my heart and from the families of the loved ones that have passed away, we do thank you.”
Allen Webb said, “I would like to thank everyone for their kind words. There is a lot left to do, and I’m thankful I’m able to do this for the community.”
The next public meeting to discuss future upkeep of Riverside Cemetery is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on July 22 at the Perry County Public Library.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.