This is an opinion column.
DDecorating season has always been important in my family.
My late father, Edwin Allen, was treasurer of the Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery fund for over 50 years. Part of his duties was to be the contact person for funeral homes requesting the interment of a body in our cemetery.
Mom and Dad served as caretakers of our cemetery for a time after his early retirement from the USDA in 1988. Today, David Hester does an outstanding job of maintaining our hillside cemetery and keeping it beautiful throughout the year. year.
When I was growing up, I remember the Liberty Baptist Cemetery overflowing with cars, causing people to park along both sides of the county road in front of the cemetery on the first Sunday in May, when we celebrate our decoration.
Nowadays, more and more people choose to decorate on the Thursday, Friday or Saturday before the first Sunday in May. This year, the first Sunday in May falls on the 1st for the first time since 2016. According to timeanddate.comit won’t happen again until 2033.
Benny Martin succeeded dad as treasurer of the cemetery fund. David Hester, Kenneth Colvin and my brother Jeff sit on the cemetery committee with Benny.
A few years ago, Jeff and Benny asked Dad and Kenneth to help them put together a chart listing all the graves and reserved plots. Dad and Kenneth knew everything by heart, but only they knew. Their knowledge of our cemetery amazed me.
My parents, several of my Hammonds relatives, and some of my Colvin relatives are buried in Liberty Cemetery. My Allen grandparents and several of my Allen relatives are buried in Macedonia’s Number 2 Cemetery in the community of Oak Hill.
My uncle, Thomas Allen, reminded me recently that Macedonia celebrates decorating on the Saturday before Mother’s Day, not the second Saturday in May. This year, Macedonia’s decoration is May 7, which is the first Saturday of the month.
I thank God for the precious memories I have of those whose graves I will visit in May, and I look forward to that joyous day of reunion when I will see them all again.
Shannon J. Allen is a sports editor for The Reporter. He can be reached at [email protected]