The forgotten section of Glenwood Cemetery that has been consumed by Mother Nature for the past several decades will return to a presentable state thanks to local volunteers.
Building Inspector Russ Carter reached out to five tree cutting and yard maintenance companies, who were more than willing to donate their time and equipment to breathe new life into a section of the historic cemetery that is overrun with vegetation and trees.
“I really appreciate these people stepping up to help with this project,” Carter said. “I was able to have them read The Herald to see what was happening. And these are all local men with businesses in town, willing to volunteer their services and expertise.”
The Herald brought attention to the matter last week when it published a story on the many graves hidden among the trees and vines in the woods in a section of Glenwood Cemetery that has been neglected for decades.
Cemetery Sexton Prentiss Young said that he is aware of the graves, but they have been neglected for so long that he doesn’t have the resources to restore the area.
Carter and Young both said cutting some of the overgrown vegetation and trees in the area would be a great starting point in restoring that section of the cemetery.
Carter was able to get commitments from Mario Cooper with Triple C Tree Cutting Services; Keith Foreman with Foreman Yard Services; Ken Parker with Parker Tree Services; Doug Andrews with Andrews Yard Service; and local resident Allen Williams to lend a hand in bringing new life to the final resting places of many Yazooans.
“Ken Parker will get the process started this Friday,” Carter said. “On April 22, the rest of the volunteers will come in that morning and continue the jobs. They are bringing all their own equipment, whatever it takes to start cleaning up that cemetery.”