Volunteers give Pelzer Cemetery a face lift

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Members of The Pelzer Heritage Commission want to restore pride in their community and are getting involved to make it a better place.

They recently organized and sponsored the second annual Pelzer Reunion and now they are working to clean up two of the area’s oldest cemeteries. The project, headed by PHC member Jim Harrison, began last weekend with a number of volunteers helping at the cemetery behind the Pelzer Church of God on Hwy 20. When they finish there, the clean up will continue in the oldest historic cemetery in Pelzer which is located in the Monkey Park.

During a clean up day last Saturday, volunteers included Williamston Girl Scout Troop #725 led by Julie Poteat. “These little girls raked, picked up sticks and even placed American flags on the veterans graves. They had a wonderful turnout with their parents, and Grandparents too,” said organizer Dianne Lollis. “It was great.”
Also helping was Blaze McClellion, 11, of Pelzer and his Grandfather, Earl McClellion.

Anyone interested in helping with the cemetery clean up is invited. Volunteers are asked to bring weedeaters, lawn mowers, rakes, lawn trash bags and other needed equipment. Experienced volunteers with chain saws are also needed. Clean ups are scheduled for this Saturday, Nov. 12 and Saturday, Nov 19th. For more information please call Jim Harrison at 245-8452, Dianne Lollis at 847-5743 or Larry Joe Coker at 243-9120.

The Pelzer Heritage Commission is also selling Pelzer throws, T shirts, DVDs, and Christmas ornaments. All proceeds will go toward future projects by the Commission.

Pelzer Heritage Commission members include Dianne Lollis, Larry Coker, John Kelly, Linda Lozano, Jimmy Harrison, Sara Dacus, Tina Mackey, Martha Bryant Fleming, Ola Jane Hooper, Leslie Turner and Margaret Jamison.