The Oakwood Cemetery Association would like to send out a big “Thank You” to all those who came out Saturday morning, Aug. 10. It was a true community effort, and the results most definitely show. We would most specifically like to thank Cathy Schubert-Wallace and her crew, Sara Moeller, the Rev. Veda White, Alex White, Bo Henderson, Robert and Lynette Nixon, Kathy Powers, Parker Dixon, Francis Johnson, Vicki Johnson, Tim Gloria, James Henry and the trustees. If we accidentally left someone out, we apologize to you in advance.
We would also like to address several concerns noted in a letter to the editor published Aug. 15, in the Refugio County Press. The author suggested several uses for the association’s funds that would be preferable to a gazebo.
We understand the author’s intent, however, our intention is to build the new gazebo with donations, not perpetual care funds. The state of Texas mandates what dollar amount must be held in a perpetual care account. We cannot spend below that dollar amount for a gazebo or even for a “clean-up” as the author called it.
The good news is that, on a voluntary basis, the cemetery has been kept up via work days on at least a quarterly basis these last several years.
We hope that this spirit of volunteerism continues until interest rates improve and allow us to hire this work done once more. There is no reason we can’t have a self-sustaining perpetual care fund and a beautiful gazebo at Oakwood Cemetery. With hard work, better economic times and generosity, together we can see these ideas come to fruition.