Union County, Blairsville, Georgia Holiday-Winter 2018-2019 - Page 13

Union County GA Magazine The restored Old Blairsville Cemetery . Photos/Norm C Pete White (left), David Junghans (second from left) Southern Cross Sons of the Confederate Veterans Harold Levi of the local SCV United Daughters of the Confederacy Johnny Holbrooks Entrance of Old Blairsville Cemetery The Enchanted Forest Gift Shop Holiday & Winter 2018-19 . www.unioncountymag.com Page 13 Blairsville’s Oldest Cemetery Restored Blairsville’s oldest burial ground is believed to have been established around 1835 near the time the city was named the county seat. The oldest grave marker is dated 1844. After years of neglect, the cemetery has been restored and was dedicated in November 2018. The Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) of Blairsville - Pvt. David W. Payne Camp 1633 - made it a camp project and successfully completed it with the help of Union County government, the City of Blairsville and many others. Master of Ceremonies was SCV Commander David Junghans. Junghans stated that in a time where many places are tearing down moments to history, the Union County community has embraced the preservation of history. The initiator and driving force was SCV Camp Publicist Pete White, noting the project took more than four years to complete. “We can all agree it has been worth the effort. What a difference in what we see today and how it looked in 2014.” It has been a long tradition for the SCV to place Confederate Battle flags on graves of Confederate soldiers around Confederate Memorial Day. When Pete’s son was helping place flags in 2014, Greg remarked how sad it was the cemetery was in such bad condition. Pete, Greg, Commissioner Lamar Paris, Harold Levi and others walked the cemetery. “Everyone was appalled at the condition of the cemetery,” said White. Apparel * Jeans * Caps * Shirts By Norm Cooper Editor, Union County GA Magazine Paris scheduled a meeting that was attended by White, Elmer Hogue, David Friedly, Jim Conley and others. Revealed in an article in the Union County GA Magazine [Winter 2014/15], there were 37 graves with marked headstones and more than 50 graves of unknown persons. Soon another 105 graves were found with a machine that can locate graves underground. Many individuals contributed money and Paris provided some funding through the county. The Georgia division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans provided thousands of dollars to complete the project. Johnny Holbrooks directed the work in restoring the monuments, the installation of numerous granite columns that create a perimeter of the cemetery, and other things for the effort. Harold Levi played a role as did some other SCV members. Peggy Deyton was involved in the project. Chaplain Russell described the restoration of the Old Blairsville Cemetery as a reminder of what had been before. Comments were made by Commissioner Paris and Mayor Conley. Paris described the project as “fulfilling” and as “amazing” while thanking many who had various roles in the project. The Blairsville United Daughters of the Confederacy [Smith Legion #2699) provided an Iron Cross Ceremony honoring Confederate Veterans. Jams/Jellies/Soaps Pottery * Iron Ware Owners: Dick & Jordan “Step back in time ... where old fashion service is our motto” General Supply 764 Gainesville Highway, Blairsville, GA Located 1 mile south of the Square www.facebook.com/gsfarmandfeed Largest Selection & Most Variety of Dog Food in Blairsville 706-363-1000 Plants * Trees * Flowers * Fertilizer * Garden Tools * Feed * Yard Decor * Fountains * Benches * Planters Union County Senior Center 95 Senior Center Drive Mountain View Funeral Home Distinctive Service at Moderate Cost 706-439-6105 Serving all faiths Same Entrance as North Georgia Technical College on Hwy. 515 West 119 Murphy Highway Blairsville, Georgia Kathy Hill, Director Meals on Wheels Congregate meals Exercise program Exercise equipment Quilting Painting Bingo Pool table Computer workshop Gazebo, courtyard Crafts of various kind Read publications 706-745-3456 www.mountainviewfuneralhome.com Charles & Denise Long, Benny Erwin