Memorial pays tribute to those with lost gravestones

Members of the Webb and Brown families were on hand Tuesday morning for a dedication ceremony at Old City Cemetery at 1000 E. McCarty St. From left, Donald Webb, Sandra Brown-Thomas, Arthur Brown (behind Rev. Cornell Sudduth) and Glover Brown, stand and listen as Rev. Sudduth officiates over the dedication ceremony. This was created as a way to remember Nora Webb, who died a week shy of her 10th birthday in 1923.

Members of the Webb and Brown families were on hand Tuesday morning for a dedication ceremony at Old City Cemetery at 1000 E. McCarty St. From left, Donald Webb, Sandra Brown-Thomas, Arthur Brown (behind Rev. Cornell Sudduth) and Glover Brown, stand and listen as Rev. Sudduth officiates over the dedication ceremony. This was created as a way to remember Nora Webb, who died a week shy of her 10th birthday in 1923. Photo by Julie Smith.

The “Gone But Not Forgotten Memorial” dedicated Tuesday at the old City Cemetery, 1000 E. McCarty St., is the culmination of a sister’s love, a son’s promise, a family’s support and a community’s commitment.

Bertha Webb-Brown lost her younger sister just before Nora turned 10 in 1923. A devoted sister, Bertha always remembered Nora and passed on that tradition to her son, Glover Brown.

Although Nora Webb’s name is the first listed on the memorial, city staff hope to soon hear from other families with loved ones interred at the aging cemetery but whose headstones may be gone due to weather or vandalism.

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