The holiday festivities are over, the New Year has arrived and soon we will be welcoming spring! The Cranston Cemetery Association, open to all interested volunteers, is now requesting help in raising funds for the continued maintenance of six historic cemeteries: Sardis, Hogge, Steagall, Cranston, Caudill and Mabry.
In the early 1950's Henry C. Hagan, an agriculture professor at Morehead State University, became the moving force behind cleaning up the overgrown cemeteries of Rowan County. He got people interested in this effort and "got the ball rolling."
After a community effort to clean up the cemeteries in the Cranston area, the Cranston Cemetery Association was established as a non-profit organization on Oct. 31, 1951.
Officers elected at the first meeting were: President Henry Cline, 1st Vice-President John Thornsbury, 2nd Vice-President Charlie Tackett, Secretary Leland Hall, Treasurer: H. T. Hogge, and Directors C.E. Fraley, Charley Littleton, and Hobart Stigall.
The Cranston Cemetery Association holds open meetings in April and October on the third Friday at 7 p.m. at the New Hope Primitive Baptist Church (drive 1/2-mile north on Cranston Road and turn right onto Cranston Cemetery Road).
The current board includes President Cephas Littleton Jr., 1st Vice-President John King and 2nd Vice-President Eugene (Roy) Hamm.
After 20+ years of dedicated service, Treasurer Roy Brown and Secretary Robin Brown asked to "retire" from their duties. The association thanks them for their service.
Jim Mabry was elected as the new treasurer and Ronnica Mabry was elected secretary at the October 2019 meeting.
With annual membership dues of $20, the Cranston Cemetery Association attempts to maintain six of the oldest cemeteries in Rowan County. Unfortunately, as older members die there is often no one to replace paying their dues. This led to a $525 shortfall in 2019.
It is critically important that more family members and friends step up as members and contributors. In addition, if your interest is primarily in preserving history and culture, or in ensuring that every veteran's grave is properly maintained, a contribution in any amount is most welcome!
The Cranston Cemetery Association asks for the public's help in building its reserve fund to guarantee respectful maintenance of the Sardis, Hogge, Steagall, Cranston, Caudill and Mabry cemeteries.
For the next six weeks an article will be featured about each of these cemeteries with a request that checks for the reserve fund (indicated in the memo area) be made out to the "Cranston Cemetery Association" and mailed to Jim Mabry, Treasurer, 280 Pond Lick, Morehead, KY 40351. Unless indicating otherwise, donors will be included on the association's mailing list.
The Cranston Cemetery Association's new Facebook page will provide updates on the association's history, meetings, cemeteries, etc. Like and share it with friends. https://m.facebook.com/groups/504285256826693/?ref=group_browse
For questions or to volunteer to do clean-up, offer historic information or assist with efforts to map any of these cemeteries, contact Jim or Ronnica Mabry at 783-1428.