Lee Cemetery, Verona, Lawrence County, Missouri, USA
This cemetery is well taken care of as far as the landscape but the headstones are in poor condition. A lot of them are broken due to vandelism and a lot of headstones have been taken away from the grave site and place up against trees. (see story below)
There once was a church directly across from the cemetery at one time called Lee Church. There is now a headstone type marker placed at the location.
Story Published: Nov 20, 2008 at 11:06 PM CDT
Story Updated: Nov 21, 2008 at 4:07 PM CDT
VERONA, Mo. -- It's an unthinkable crime for most of us but apparently not all of us. Vandals destroyed Lee Cemetery near Verona on Halloween night. Now, its caretakers say the pressure's on to get it cleaned up quickly.
It's tough for Bill Weldy not to take it personally.
"My wife is buried down there, my son, sister,” he said.
Since Halloween night, Weldy has had to see his family cemetery in ruins.
"It's going to cost probably $2,000 to fix this back like it should be,” he said.
Weldy's family is here. His plot is here, and so is the plot for the woman he re-married 11 years ago, Dorothy.
"He has a form and he put the stone in there and put concrete around them and let them sit. And they're real heavy to move back out here and set. And they turned them over,” said Dorothy Weldy.
She says it's difficult to see Bill's handiwork -- done originally with honor and respect -- treated so callously.
The Weldys say they wouldn't mind cleaning up the cemetery themselves but the problem is some of these headstones weigh more than 800 pounds apiece, and they just won't budge.
“I don't think two people could do it. I think it took more than two to do it."
The vandals overturned, split in two, or re-arranged 75 headstones.
"The ones around the tree, we don't really know where they go."
They're hoping to get it fixed up before the next round of visitors next week on Thanksgiving.
"It's just all over."
They also pray in the meantime that no loved ones of those buried here come here to see it in this shape.
"All the holidays they come out and put flowers."
|Last Name, Given Name(s)||Buried||Person ID||Tree|
|1.||Gibson, Anne Bowie||Aft 02 Sep 1859||Verona, Lawrence Co., Missouri - Lee Cemetery||I84754||4-22-08|
|2.||Hillhouse, Erasmus Wilson||Aft 25 May 1944||Verona, Lawrence Co., Missouri - Lee Cemetery||I84782||4-22-08|
|3.||Hillhouse, George Andrew||Aft 07 Apr 1942||Verona, Lawrence Co., Missouri - Lee Cemetery||I84775||4-22-08|
|4.||Hillhouse, James William||Aft 21 Feb 1940||Verona, Lawrence Co., Missouri - Lee Cemetery||I84769||4-22-08|
|5.||Hillhouse, Robert Dickey||Aft 02 Sep 1845||Verona, Lawrence Co., Missouri - Lee Cemetery||I84759||4-22-08|
|6.||Inman, Mary "Jane"||Aft 02 Mar 1905||Verona, Lawrence Co., Missouri - Lee Cemetery||I84768||4-22-08|
|7.||Maxwell, Nancy E.||Aft 14 Apr 1936||Verona, Lawrence Co., Missouri - Lee Cemetery||I84770||4-22-08|
|8.||Stokes, Polly Ann||Aft 06 Mar 1888||Verona, Lawrence Co., Missouri - Lee Cemetery||I84793||4-22-08|
|9.||UNKNOWN, Eliza||Aft 08 Dec 1871||Verona, Lawrence Co., Missouri - Lee Cemetery||I84794||4-22-08|
|10.||White, Mary Jane Rosella||Aft 23 Dec 1946||Verona, Lawrence Co., Missouri - Lee Cemetery||I84783||4-22-08|
|11.||Wilks, Henry W.||26 Jul 1899||Verona, Lawrence Co., Missouri - Lee Cemetery||I83453||4-22-08|
|12.||Wilks, John J.||Aft 11 Dec 1894||Verona, Lawrence Co., Missouri - Lee Cemetery||I84791||4-22-08|
|13.||Wilks, William Riley||Aft 14 Oct 1867||Verona, Lawrence Co., Missouri - Lee Cemetery||I84795||4-22-08|