David O. Dodd Chapter holds memorial service

David O. Dodd Chapter 212, United Daughters of the Confederacy, held its annual memorial service at the UDC Bolder in Bellwood Cemetery.

There were 10 members and two guests present. Members attending were Glennda Fread, Jean Pollard, Dorothy Wilkes, Jerri Townsend, Marjo Dill, Lela Murray, DeeLois Lawrence, Sandy Poore, Susan Railsback, and Sharon Wyatt. Ellen Haralson and Bobby Wyatt were guests.

Chaplain Dill opened with prayer. Chapter President Fread led the group in the UDC ritual followed by a reading of the Indian version of the 23rd Psalm as written by the students of Bacone College in Oklahoma.

Fread gave the history of the purchase of the UDC memorial site and bolder in Bellwood Cemetery. The site was purchased for the purpose of having a place to bury UDC members who had no other burial space. There are two documented graves at the site, both ladies buried in July, 1915. The large bolder, placed by the chapter, names the David O. Dodd Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and is dated 1902.

The memorial service honored our ancestors and all other military personnel and their families who have rendered service and sacrifices to defend the United States of America, especially those who are currently defending our great nation.

Following scripture readings and the laying of the wreath by President Fread, Chaplain Dill closed the service with the Lord’s Prayer.