My mother's Aunt,
"Zude" Hester Fewell, to shade the final resting place of her parents
and siblings, and finally her own grave, planted the old tree. Missouri
Magnolia Trees while beautiful are also extremely messy, and the trees in
are no exception to this rule. Fellowship Cemetery
Recently, while searching for tombstones for the Find A Grave website, it was apparent that the people paid to keep
ignoring the areas under the Magnolias. Not only was the area covered with
dried leaves, and dried seed cones, an undergrowth of weeds, briars, brambles,
small bushes, and smaller trees had begun to take over the ground and the
As I began to try to pull up some of the weeds, I knew this was a project bigger than I was. I turned to Facebook to post photos and spread the word, and volunteers soon began to emerge to offer time, tools, and much-needed help.
Marilyn Woodard was the first to offer assistance. Larry Robinson and all his equipment, Sammy Scoggin who drove down from Brandon, and Darren "Tuttie" Prince from the Mineral Springs community quickly followed suit and within a few hours, the areas under the trees were almost pristine. Danny Woodard completed the task of hauling away the almost 40 bags of trash and armloads of limbs.
Graves long covered by the undergrowth were now visible. The old cemetery and it's "residents" could now rest in peace. People had come together to restore the area. It had taken a village.