Thursday, October 19, 2017

Cemetery Book Now Available at Winston Co Library

This is a photo of David Holder (center), President of the Winston County Genealogical & Historical
Volunteers are: front row (l-r) Junie Fuller, Diana Northcutt,
Bobbie Hamm, Jennie Morel, Gloria Sarvis and Cathy Jones. 
Back row (l-r) Katherine Kirk, Connie Jarnigan and Dara Anderson. 
Volunteers unable to attend the book event are Martha Weeks,
Joyce Shepperd, Bobbye Holder, Sandra Mayo, Dot McCorkle and Joyce Kirkpatrick.
Society, along with the ladies who volunteered their time to help put together the new book Winston County, Mississippi Tombstone Inscriptions 1993-2015. Mr. Holder started the project five years ago and has literally walked every cemetery in Winston County, including family cemeteries on private land and in wooded areas. He crossed-referenced all obituaries in the newspaper with funeral home information. He and his team of volunteers proofed everything multiple times. They held a book release program at the Winston County Library this past Wednesday, October 18, 2017 and provided free brown bag lunches for the first 30 participants. There was a room full of interested enthusiasts. The book is now on sale at the Winston County Library for $60.00. “This book is truly a labor of love, blood, sweat and tears,” said Holder. “Going in, I really didn’t realize all the work that would be required to complete this project, but I am very proud of the work I and all the wonderful volunteers did.” Librarian Beth Edwards told the crowd that “this is a continuation of Louis Taunton’s Cemetery book, which ended in 1993. David’s book brings the cemetery and tombstone inscriptions up to 2015. Generations to come will thank him for all this hard work!”