Lafollette Press, Thursday, June 2, 1932.
Burial Ground of Pioneers is Memorial Scene
Sharp Graveyard Last Resting Place of Early Residents
About 250 people gathered at the old Sharp Graveyard on the
hill, back of John Lett's residence Monday to
decorate the graves of pioneer settlers. It was the first time
ever that memorial exercises had ever been held at this old burying
The morning program was held at the graveyard. Rev. L.J. Mullens
spoke on reminiscences of the past. He recounted incidents connected
with this hallowed spot from his earliest recollection. It was
used, until a few years ago, as the burying ground for a large
area in that community. It's gravestones bear the names of original
families who came to make homes for themselves in the most beautiful
valley in Tennessee.
Dr. W.I. Gentry spoke of the pioneer stock that not only settled
and cleared the land but established a reputation for sturdy integrity
that has carried on to the present time. He paid tribute to those
who not only conquered nature in establishing homes in the wilderness,
but ruled their own spirits to such a marked degree that their
influence had much to do with the shaping of a new civilization
west of the mountains. At noon the crowd gathered at the spring
and spread lunch. It was a lavish demonstration of the
excellence of country cooking. There was enough food to have
supplied twice the number present.
At the conclusion of the feast, Rev. Walter Sharp spoke on the
Unity of the Churches. He stressed the fact that human distinctions
cease at the grave. His plea was for a more understanding of
the aims amd purposes of the living to the end that greater unity
of action, sympathy and love may obtain in the hearts of the
Special music was performed by a quartet from Inskip and by
Mills' Male Quartet from LaFollette. Both these organizations were
heartily received and their selections were particularly appropriate
to the occasion. A permanent Graveyard Committee was organized
with R.H. Sharp as Chairman and Miss Gladys Sharp as Secretary.
This committee will see that the old burying ground is kept in
good condition. It was unanimously voted to make the occasion an
annual affair as a tribute to those resting there who contributed
so much to the development of Powells Valley.
This has been a community graveyard
for over a hundred years. Names connected with early history
of Campbell County are found on the old home-made tombstones.
Sharp, Hampton, Walker, Ford, Mise and others who wrought nobly
in a century already passed into history