It's a Crown-ing Achievement
Volunteers Bring Town’s Old Cemetery Back to Life
by Yvonne Yount - President - Crown Garden Club
Rockdale Reporter - 2015-07-30
The club was originally contacted by Jack Brooks to ask if we would consider putting in
some flower beds at the entrance of the cemetery, which he and his wife Beth were already
working on with a group of volunteers to clean up and beautify.
We voted to continue and member Barbara Nelson called on her friend, Robin Howard Moore
of Austin, a landscape architect, to draw up a plan for the beds. She suggested native
plants that would be attractive and also attract butterflies and bees to the area.
In the meantime, the site (base) of the old water standpipe in Rockdale was uncovered in
some of the clean-up work and its round size and site made it the perfect place for
adding a gazebo to the grounds.
The club knew that would call for funds the club didn’t have and would involve a fund-
raising effort, but decided to go ahead with the project.
Last November, club member and artist Michelle Fletcher presented a drawing of the area,
complete with the flower bed entrance and the gazebo.
Janice King, then Chamber of Commerce chair, offered to donate an unused gazebo behind
the chamber rock house to be used at the cemetery.
Although it was in fragile and aging shape, the club accepted this generous offer after
conferring with volunteers who could help with the restoration.
Club members met with the City Cemetery Committee to get permission for the gazebo plans
to move forward.
At this point, the entire project took on a life of its own. Volunteers came from every
This is an incomplete list of those who worked diligently with the Club until this
project was completed: Jack and Beth Brooks, Gary Jackson, Rockdale Chamber of Commerce/
Janice King, Knife River Concrete.
Herb Brown, Ernest Garza, Louie Edelmon, David Yount, Charles Bland, Craig Debault
Welding, City of Rockdale and City Manager Chris Whittaker.
City Cemetery Committee, Wallace Jones, Vickie Everhart, Payne-less Landscaping and Kevin
Payne, Carolyn Burford and others not known.
The project is completed and Crown Garden Club is proud to be a part of it. We hope
Rockdalians will at least drive by and enjoy it.
There are not enough ways to say thank you to all who stepped forward and volunteered
their time and hours of hard work to get this work completed.
Volunteers are a big part of what makes Rockdale a great place to be.
Editor’s note: The renovation work at Rockdale’s Old City Cemetery on South Main is now complete. It was
spearheaded by the Crown Garden Club. Here’s a brief chronology:
Photos by Jack Brooks and Mike Brown