Fund created for Still Memorial Cemetery

Published 5:27 pm Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Betty Crumpton’s curiosity of Still Memorial Cemetery has prompted the Alabaster retiree to preserve its legacy.

Crumpton is president-elect and treasurer of the Still Memorial Cemetery Fund. Still Memorial Cemetery, located at the junction of Alabama 119 and Shelby County 26 near First Presbyterian Church of Alabaster, is one of five cemeteries all referred to as Elliottsville Cemetery.

Elliottsville Cemetery also includes Redman Cemetery, Siluria Cotton Mill Cemetery, Liberty Cemetery and the original Elliottsville Cemetery.

Crumpton said Still Memorial Cemetery, which is privately owned, lacks upkeep compared to the other burial sites. The Elliottsville Cemetery Committee, First Presbyterian Church and Liberty Baptist Church in Simmsville maintain the other cemeteries.

“We’ve done the paperwork to set up this fund to have perpetual care done,” Crumpton said. “We’re asking for donations to help us keep this fund going so we can keep our cemetery up and not let it grow up.”

Crumpton will manage the fund alongside Peggy Jernigan, president of the fund, and Connie Carter, secretary. A meeting will be held at First Presbyterian Church Saturday, Aug. 29 at 10 a.m. to discuss the cemetery’s needs.

“Anybody that has family at the cemetery or is interested in the cemetery are welcome,” Crumpton said.

Crumpton also plans to gather historical data about the cemetery and compile a list of all the people buried there.

“We’ll eventually get the names of everybody in the cemetery,” Crumpton said. “As a retiree, you decide you want to do something. I’ve adopted the cemetery and see what I can do with it.”

To donate to the Still Memorial Cemetery Fund, send contributions to Still Memorial Cemetery Fund in care of Betty Crumpton, 81 Smokey Road, Alabaster, Ala. 35007.

For more information, call 663-9326.