Sons of Confederate Veterans adds two members
Posted: Thursday, March 15, 2012 8:00 pm
The Gen. Otho French Strahl Camp 176 Sons of Confederate Veterans conducted its monthly meeting Sunday at the Obion County Museum on Edwards Street in Union City.
The meeting was called to order by commander Danny Isbell, who led the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States flag and the SCV flag salute. Chaplain Mike Alexander led the opening prayer.
Past commander Bill Threlkeld gave a most interesting and informative presentation using several authentic artifacts from another time in Obion County. Among the oldest was a piece of fossilized coral dating back to the glacier age. Another interesting item was the original bill of sale for the Town of Troy purchased from the Polk family of North Carolina. A newspaper story of the Dietzel murder of a Mr. Weimer also revealed an interesting story taking place in Obion County. Another very informative four-page newspaper article listed 1938 depression property losses in Obion County.
New member certificates were presented to Chuck Isbell and Tommy Jernigan.
Lt. commander John Abernathy was presented with the SCV Guardian Certificate for his work in maintaining the graves of Confederate veterans in Obion County.
A headstone dedication at the Holloman Cemetery near Mason Hall is still pending.
The group received an update on the cleaning of the Chambers-Holman Cemetery across the road from Obion County Memorial Gardens. Another two work days are needed to complete this project when weather permits.
A formal dedication of the newly installed Confederate soldier statue at the Parks Cemetery Ridge Confederate Memorial Plaza is planned for April 28 to correspond with Confederate History Month. SCV National Lt. commander Kelly Barrows will be the program speaker for this event.
Approval has been granted by the Obion County Public Library for a Confederate History & Heritage Month Display in April. Anyone wishing to loan period items for the one-month display is asked to contact Abernathy at (731) 991-1069 or Danny Isbell at (731) 592-0958.
The April meeting will be rescheduled for April 1 due to the Easter holiday falling on the second Sunday.
The meeting closed with 18 members and five guests in attendance.
Alexander closed the meeting in prayer.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans is the nation’s largest Southern heritage, history and honor organization open to all male descendants of Confederate soldiers who served honorably in the War for Southern Independence.
For more information, call 1-800-MYSOUTH or visit the website scvcamp176.org.
Published in The Messenger 3.15.12