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Local volunteers cleaning up neglected cemeteries

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The grass was so high, Robert Harris could not see the grave markers. Hidden by grass, he says these names should not be hidden from memory.  

“Because they pass on, I think someone should care enough to maintain that section. Life is hard, but it's fair,” says Harris.

The same people Harris shares a pew with on Sundays at Mt. Peria Baptist Church share rakes and saws with him on Saturday.

This weekend's mission field is the Graysville Cemetery in Ringgold.

“We are going to have to remove some of the stones; put some concrete down, level them out, so they will be presentable,” says Harris. 

Harris says it's been about two years since the last time someone cut the grass here. If loved ones cannot keep it up and the owner doesn't step up, servant hearts do.

This is more than land and stones. It is the earthly resting place for those before us.

“I couldn't see anything except for the hay. The grass was up this high. It was really disheartening to see that,” says Harris. 

This is not the first cemetery project for Harris. He felt haunted by the site at Wood Station where his father is buried. 

“I’ve had some nightmares with him telling me to get up and clean up the graveyard. I’ve taken it upon myself to clean up that cemetery,” says Harris. 

Harris and his small army of volunteers are looking for their third battleground, and then fourth and fifth.

“I think that's the way it should be, shouldn't be forgotten,” says Harris. 

Channel 3 is told a person out of Atlanta is in charge of upkeep for the cemetery.

Harris and his group of volunteers need several pieces of equipment to keep doing their work.  

If you would like to help them out, call (423) 255-0705.

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