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Wilmore (AKA Powell Township) Cemetery
Comanche County,

The Wilmore Cemetery Association was formed on September 12, 1913. The cemetery's land was purchased from John Bell. Located on a hill north of Wilmore in the southwestern quarter of S18-T31-R17, the land had already been the site of several family burials. Mayor Ware helped lay out the cemetery. He based his idea of no trees or shrubs on cemeteries he had seen in California. Lots were platted and sold for one dollar each. The cemetery was fenced in 1914. A constitution and by-laws were drawn up May 21, 1917. President was T.C. Pepperd; vice-president, J. Berry Ware; secretary-treasurer, R.O. Nevens; and directors, Robert Booth and C.E. Richardson.

After fifty years, the Powell Township board began overseeing the cemetery. Lawrence York, Jr. was trustee in 1980; Glenn Dillinger, clerk; and Lester Fry, Jr., treasurer. For over twenty years Josh Pendergraft was caretaker, then Charlie Pendergraft. The board recently purchased a mower. The cemetery has continued to look nice, thanks to the efforts of concerned citizens of Wilmore. As of September 1, 1980, 274 burials had been made. Memorial Day services are held each year, followed by a reunion dinner at the Federated Church.

By Harriet Richardson
Comanche County History, p. 134.

The wrought iron fence installed around the cemetery in 1996 was the gift of Geneva Bell Pepperd.

Photo by Bobbi (Hackney) Huck.

Contributed on 2/21/14

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Record #: 27702

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Submitted: 2/21/14 • Approved: 2/21/14 • Last Updated: 3/12/18 • R27702-G0-S3

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