4th Mathews Grave Marker Event – 2023
On October 7, 2023 six lighthouse keepers buried in Mathews County, VA were honored with USLHS Grave Markers bringing the total honored in this “lighthouse keeper county” to 25. The day began with March winds and then April showers with gradually clearing skies giving way to sunny conditions by the final two combined ceremonies. A big thank you to the descendants of Keepers William Edward Davis, Robert Franklin Powell, John William Thomas, James Temple Ripley, Oliver R. Hudgins and James Beauregard Hurst for your help and support. And thank you to all who attended the ceremonies throughout the day.
A big thank you to Chapter members Betty (board member) and Ron Collins and to Tony (past president) and Alma Pasek whose many efforts contributed greatly to the success of the event. Also, thank you to Chapter VP Greg Krawczyk, Chapter historian Jennifer Jones, and Chapter members Hobie Statzer and Susan Lewis Powell for their help and assistance. A tip of the light keeper’s hat to Zachary Cox, Mary Godsey and Flotilla 66 members Commander Matt Smith, Don Connolly, Jim Gierlak, Nick Koch, Ray Procopio and Tom Edwards for their invaluable help. (Zachary Cox assisted Tony with the grave marker preparation and Mary Godsey provided Betty with information regarding the honorees.) Also, kudos to Bm2 Gabriel Lacombe, Station Milford Haven, USCG for his presence and for unveiling the grave markers. And a big thank you to the Gloucester-Mathews Gazette-Journal and to the Mathews County Visitor and Information Center for providing publicity.
It was a very special day!
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