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Newton Cemetery Needs Volunteers to Cleanup and Maintain Grounds

Newton Cemetery Association (NCA) board members walked the cemetery grounds on August 30, 2023, making a list of cleanup and maintenance that needs to be done. A volunteer workday is planned for Saturday September 30, 2023, starting at 8AM to take advantage of morning temperatures. Volunteers are needed to bring and use bush-hogs, chainsaws, pole-saws, water tank and sprayers to wash headstones, weed-eaters, edgers, three Polaris type 4x4 vehicles with small trailer to pick up limbs, pick up trash and distribute soil to level out sunken headstones. The 4x4s will allow better mobility within the sections of the cemetery. Also needed are volunteers to use shovels, shrub clippers, garbage bags, hoes, rakes, gloves, boots, and other yard maintenance tools. Please contact Charlene Medley 409-379-5976 for coordination of bush-hogs and other large equipment.

Mayor John Pollock will walk the cemetery grounds to assess herbicide needs to keep the weeds down along the entire fence line. Cemetery fence lines need considerable work with weed eaters and manual labor. Two trees were cut and felled, crushing a section of fence, this section of fence needs to be cleared of the trees and repaired and sprayed.

The Newton Cemetery has served the town of Newton since it was officially set aside in 1903. The first burial, however, dates to 1864, when the landowner, G.W. Robinson, buried his young son. After Robinson passed away, a Newton resident bought the land and later donated it to use as a burial ground. Many Newton citizens are interred here, including veterans of the Civil War, WWI, WWII, the Korean, and Vietnam Conflicts. Since 1943, an Association of concerned citizens has cared for the cemetery helping to preserve the history of the community. This cemetery was officially registered as a Historic Texas Cemetery in 2005 by the Texas Historical Commission.

The NCA fund bank account needs to be consistently replenished. Donations, memorial contributions, and standard burial fees are payable to Newton Cemetery Association. Please send checks to:

Stellar Bank of Newton C/O Newton Cemetery Association 319 Rusk Street, Newton TX 75966 or Charlene Medley C/O Newton Cemetery Association 551 FM 2626, Newton TX 75966, she will send an acknowledgement letter to the family for memorial donations.

August 2023 approved NCA board members:

Conley Todd, President Charlene Medley, Treasurer

Mike Greer Frida Dillenbeck

Adelle Brown Molly Woods Will

John Fortenberry Dusty Spivey

Danny Medley Meredith Todd Love


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