Decoration Day services will be held Sunday, May 18 at the Greenvale Community Cemetery honoring and paying tribute to the deceased buried at the historic final resting place for many former settlers and residents of Greenvale.
A brief memorial service will begin at 2:30 pm. In the event of inclement weather, the service will move to the nearby Greenvale Baptist Church. The Cemetery and church are located in Wilson County South of Lebanon off state highway 266 on Greenvale Rd.
According to Cemetery records, the earliest recorded deaths taken from headstones are November 1886, January 1896 and August 1899. The cemetery was officially established in 1900 after property owner Dr. J.S. McMinn ‘bargained and sold” a parcel of land located on top of a hill located on his property overlooking the Greenvale valley to several members of the Greenvale Community who wanted to establish a final resting place for themselves and family members. Dr McMinn divided the parcel into 25 sections, (10 graves per section) selling them for $5 dollars each with the stipulation that the graves “would be retained by property owner until paid.”
Cemetery rules and regulations were adopted during the first business meeting in 1907 indicating that the cemetery “should be cared for with tools and wheelbarrow to be designated and paid for by shareholders.” Annual assessment for cemetery upkeep varied from $.25 cents to $.50 cents with minutes calling for owners to move excess dirt within three days after burial or be charged a removal fee.
Today, the cemetery has a perpetual care fund established to fund upkeep and maintenance. The name “Decoration Day” originated from Memorial Day established years ago to honor deceased Veterans who served their country. Family members and friends decorate the graves with flowers for this special day set aside to honor relatives.
Greenvale Cemetery Decoration Day is held every year on the Third Sunday inn May.
Everyone is invited to attend.