Donations are being sought by a Monett Boy Scout for help in restoring a rural Monett cemetery.
Thomas Willis, a Scout in Troop 38, has selected restoration of what is commonly known as the Anderson Cemetery. The cemetery is located northeast of Monett, east of the Liberty United Methodist Church at Farm Roads 2210 and 1090, on a farm now owned by Linn Nutt.
The 6,660-square-foot cemetery was originally on the Century Farm owned by Rod Anderson. According to grave markers, the cemetery was used between 1865 and 1945. It has 31 marked graves from the Anderson, Holley, Sanderson, Bandy, Brewer, Shipman and Chitwood families. There are believed to be around five additional unmarked graves.
Willis, the son of Bill and Kami Willis, said his goal is to clean up the cemetery grounds, remove the Yucca plants and weeds, level some of the grounds and reset the fallen stones. Willis chose the project last fall and began work in June.
"A lot of it is grunt work," Willis said. "We need to go out and keep battling it. There is one big stone that was toppled, possibly by one of the tornados that went through there. We have an estimate on what it will cost to bring in a crane to move it."
Willis and his parents have staked out the head stones and foot stones. Willis would like to reseed the grounds once the weeds have been brought under control. The very old barbed wire fence around the cemetery needs to be replaced as well, he said.
Willis, 15, has participated in Scouts since age 8. He will be a sophomore this fall at Monett High School.
Donations to help Willis complete the project can be made to Eagle Scout Project, Troop 38. For more information, call 235-8288.