Letter to the Editor

John Paul Lee: Lee Cemetery trustees, families thank volunteers

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Dear Editor:

The beautiful Lee Cemetery is located in Verona along the Spring River, and the Cemetery has been around for generations, with headstones dating back as far as the late 1841.

On June 1, a terrible discovery was made. Approximately 40-50 headstones had been knocked over, some of them broken beyond repair. The cowards that did this terrible deed have yet to be found. The outpouring of support was immediate and far reaching.

One of the most touching acts of generosity was provided by the owner and staff of Quality Memorials in Carthage, and Travis Boyd, manager of Mt. Hope Cemetery in Webb City. Mr. Joslen and Mr. Boyd were quick to call and offer support. On Tuesday, only three days after the discovery of the vandalism, staff from the two organizations loaded up their equipment and made the 40 mile trip to Verona and went to work. Within hours, the headstones were placed back up, and the cemetery was looking great.

They did not ask for money or recognition. They did not ask for anything in return. Travis Boyd, Jeff McGuire and Colton Laster from Mt. Hope Cemetery were on hand that day, as well as Billy Joslen and Kevin Wosley from Quality Memorials.

The trustees and families of the buried at Lee Cemetery would like to extend our thanks to Quality Memorials and Mt. Hope Cemetery. It is so good to know that there are people and businesses out there who do the right thing, not for recognition or to make money, but because they genuinely care and step up to lend a hand when needed.

Thank you!

John Paul Lee

Trustee-Lee Cemetery Association