Preserving Oakwood Cemetery and the History of the People Buried There
What the Committee does:
Oakwood Committee members work together to preserve Oakwood Cemetery, both esthetically and historically, for future generations, by providing marker restoration, cemetery improvements, as well as research and documentation on individuals buried therein.
Where & When the Committee meets:
Senior Citizen's Center, Garden Valley Road
Second Tuesday of each month at 3:30 p.m.
How the Committee got started:
Oakwood Cemetery Restoration Committee was formed in 1998 because there was a concern that the cemetery markers would deteriorate if someone didn't step in and work to preserve them. Since the markers and monuments are not the property of the City of Tyler, there were no funds to maintain them, nor would there be unless an effort was made to collect donations.
A fundraiser, "The Spirits of Oakwood", was first presented in 2005, during the annual Azalea Trails Festival, featuring historically accurate portrayals of individuals buried in Oakwood Cemetery. This adventure proved to be a rousing success and continues to this day with usually a different set of Spirits appearing each year.
President - Jimmy Horton
Treasurer - Todd Lestage (City of Tyler)
Secretary - Jim Jones
Parliamentarian - Mary June Goodson