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Cemetery walk planned in Fulton

Cemetery walk planned in Fulton
The Fulton County (Ky.) Genealogical Society will host a cemetery walk at Fairview Cemetery on North Highland Drive in Fulton Saturday. Participants can meet some of Fulton’s most memorable citizens.
The first guided tour will begin at 4 p.m. There will be a tour every 10 minutes and the last tour will start at 6 p.m. This is a walking tour and lasts about 45 to 55 minutes. In case of rain, the cemetery walk will be held on Sunday at the same time.
Local residents and descendants of earlier citizens, dressed in period costume, will give brief histories of the selected citizens. There are a total of eight stops on the tour.
Shelby Jones, a Fulton High School student and son of Dr. Alan and Beth Jones, will portray Roy “Bub” Walker Edwards. Edwards was an outstanding football player while attending Fulton High School. Next on the tour will be Ernest R. Treas and his wife, Mary N. Treas. The Treas family will be portrayed by their great-grandchildren, Joe Mack Treas and Joanie (Treas) Cavaness. Ernest Treas was a farmer and carpenter in the Rush Creek area.
The third stop will be to visit with Charles Smith, an aviator and close friend of Charles Lindbergh. Karl Ivey will portray Smith. No. 4 on the stroll will be Will Allen Kerney, portrayed by his grandson, Tramel Kerney. The elder Kerney worked on the Illinois Central Railroad and at the A&P grocery store.
Next, participants will visit with the Vicks. Harvey Vick III will portray his father, Harvey Vick II, who worked for the railroad and later owned a grocery store on Stovall Street in South Fulton. Sylvia (Vick) Jenkins will portray her mother, Dorothy. Mrs. Vick taught school for several years and helped with the family business. The sixth stop on the tour will be with Walter Wirt Morris, portrayed by Eddie Crittendon. Morris engaged in farming at an early age when he took over the management of his father’s plantation. He was also the president of City National Bank for many years.
No. 7 will be a visit with the Robinsons, portrayed by their great-grandchildren, Bob and Brenda Mahan. Eunice (Clanton) Robinson was the daughter of Maj. George W. Clanton of the Confederate Army. She held many high ranking positions in the Order of the Eastern Star. Robinson managed the Robinson Manufacturing business in Fulton and traveled a lot for business purposes.
Last, but not least, participants will stop to visit with Gideon Jeffrey Willingham, portrayed by Dan Voegeli. Willingham worked for Illinois Central Railroad for many years and became the CEO of the Peoria and Pekin Railroad, a subsidiary of the I.C. He also made a provision in his will for money to be used to build a recreational facility at Fulton United Methodist Church.
Admission is free.

Published in The Messenger 9.15.08

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