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Lois Cemetery plans Decoration Day

Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 11:10 am

The historic Lois Cemetery plans its annual Memorial Service and Decoration Day for Sunday, May 27 at 2 p.m.

According to the Heritage of Moore County, seven community members officially established the cemetery in 1927 – though the first burial there was in September 1920.

Twelve men (Wilburn Wiseman, James Copeland, Charlie Matlock, Joe Owens, Lucas Philpot, Lannie Wiseman, James Matlock, Pinkney Evans, Ben Waggoner, Lawrence Campbell, William Darnell and Wilson Evans) purchase a one-acre lot behind the Lois Church of Christ from Calvin Evans for $50.

Many of those men’s deceased relatives are buried there today.

The first burial there was James Dillon Evans, the five-year-old son of Pinkey and Georgia Marshall Evans, who was the grandson of Calvin Evans.

In 1980, four trustees (Gerald Hinkle, Hardy Copeland, Walter Owens and Rufus Lee Preston) bought an additional acre of land from Paul Ray Cashion for $2,000 to expand the cemetery.

Brother Johnny Tucker will speak at the event. For more information, contact Nancy Hatfield at 759-7346.