From US 79, turn north onto N. Locust St. (1
block east of Coats Store);Go past Gause City
Cemetery and turn right onto Professor Smith St.
Go 50 yards and
turn left at sign
(turn between 2 houses);
0.4 miles to Cemetery
Commissioner Dale Jaecks at
Marker Dedication Ceremony
Sign on Professor Smith St. showing
route to Peaceful Rest Cemetery
Peaceful Rest Cemetery Assoc. celebrates 110 years
Rockdale Reporter, June 3, 2010
In “A Salute To Those Who Serve(d)” everyone was encouraged to get involved during
events at the 110th anniversary of the Gause Peaceful Rest Cemetery Association,
according to spokesperson Lillian Hill.
Memorial Day festivities held by the Association this year reflected on those patriots
who served in various capacities and began the celebration of Memorial Day in Gause but
not necessarily at the onset of the cemetery’s inception.
Assisted by the Gause Schools Alumni Association (GSAA) the Peaceful Rest Cemetery
Association presented a well prepared program on Saturday with honor, loyalty and
dignity that involved the participation of many home comers to celebrate the memory of
founders and dedicated members.
Speakers included Roy D. Moore, Ruthie Fuller, Jo Ann Moore, Verdie Sadberry, Ropie
Pierce, Ocie M. Swift, Della Moore Duke, Marie Jakson Dunovant, Willie Ray Owens and
The program’s keynote speaker was Rev. Melvin E. Burleson of Macedonia Ministries in
Houston. He elaborated on the theme admonishing each listener to not only “get involved”
in serving but to “lend a hand.” Basing his message on a passage from II Kings 3:15, he
admonished his listeners to read the story and its message therein taking up the mantle
and going forward, Hill said.
The Gause Schools Alumni Association (GSA A) held two separate events during Memorial
Day weekend. On Friday the annual social/fi sh fry and talent show was held. Organizers
were LaVerne Ferguson Ratcliff of Houston and Franis Moore Carter of Dallas.
On Saturday night the awards banquet was held and featured speaker Chandra Joyce Donald
of Houston. She is a high school educator, association minister, director of mentoring
and a life coach.
She is the daughter of Joyce Malone Hammon of Houston and the great granddaughter of the
late Prof. Doyle Smith, Sr. of Gause.