Savoy, Texas — Trustees and families of Sunnyside Cemetery met Veterans Day for a work day, dedication of new chapel, flagpole and flags, and the new Veterans Memorial Gazebo. After prayer, Vice President, J. W. Vaughn, welcomed and thanked everyone for coming out and helping to clean the cemetery.
He then presented the dedication of the new chapel to the families and pioneers of the Sunnyside Cemetery.
Over the last 117 years, the cemetery has been totally maintained through donations and gifts. Last year a family member and his partner donated $20,000.00 to help build the chapel. Then another family member
bought and donated the new large flagpole and flags. Another family member had a dream to have a Veterans Memorial place to recognize the 150+ veterans who are buried there. So the donated gazebo was turned
into a place to recognize all the veterans with their names listed per the war they were in, inside the gazebo.
Then another family member donated another $20,000 to use as needed. New gravel for the roads and a mapping of the cemetery are on the agenda for some of this. There is no end to the help and hard work that is contributed to Sunnyside.
Some of the pioneers who started and kept the cemetery running over the years were the Arterberrys, Harpers, Teagues, Blounts, Gorrells, Strouds, Bomars, Steedmans, Elks, Blakeys, Melugins, Malones, Wrenns, Doans, Claud & Marie Strickland, Brown Bibby, Betty Dodson, Bill Bibby, Billy Bob Sloan, Larry Little, and so many more. A special thank you to all.
Another person who has contributed his talents to help raise money for the Cemetery will be making his tenth-year debut Sunday, Nov. 19. Mr. Brent Frailicks and Friends continue their yearly fundraiser with an auction/bake sale.
For any information one the Cemetery call 903-271-2071 or mail donations to Sunnyside Cemetery, P O Box 153, Savoy, Texas 75479.