First, we send roses to all the participants — people who gave their time to be “Spirits” or portrayers, tour guides, parking attendants, and people who worked at the tables. You are all to be complimented for your hard work and dedication.
The “Spirits” would not be a success every year if it was not for the help of so many people here in Tyler.
This year, we send roses to the American Legion Post No. 12 for furnishing chairs; Mark Morris with East Texas Grave service for furnishing a tent for us; Brookshire’s Grocery Store No. 28 for furnishing bottled water and snacks; members of the Mollie Moore Davis Chapter 217 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy for working at the tables at the entrance; and True Vine Baptist Church for the use of its parking lot. We also send roses to the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce for including the “Spirits of Oakwood” in the Azalea and Spring Flower Trails brochure; and Tyler Morning Telegraph for publicizing the event.
This year, we send special roses to television stations KETK and KLTV for the time and publicity they gave us. That was really wonderful. And a big bouquet of roses goes to all the people who gave donations. We will be able to have more broken markers repaired with the donations we received and the tickets that were sold.
The “Spirits of Oakwood” event would not be possible without the Tyler Parks Department. The Oakwood Cemetery Restoration Committee is a city committee and we work with the parks department. Jerry Wilson, city cemeterian, attends all our committee meetings, helps us plan the “Spirits of Oakwood” every year, attends the event and works with us at the event. Besides being a great cemeterian, Jerry is a wonderful person with whom to work.
Roses again to all the above people who helped make the “Spirits of Oakwood” a success again this year.
Oakwood Cemetery Restoration Committee