Tryon Cemetery gets a Spring clean-up  

Published 10:08 pm Tuesday, April 2, 2019

On Saturday, a group of hard working volunteers spent their morning sprucing up the Tryon Town Cemetery on Markham Road. The workers spent their time removing exotic plants like privet and kudzu among the gravesites. In addition the volunteers helped clean-up broken limbs and other debris from December’s snowstorm. 


“Although we were small in number we got quite a bit accomplished,” said Jerry Soderquist, chairman of the Tryon Cemetery Commission. “We had a dedicated group of folks who were determined to improve the appearance of the 119 year old cemetery. Hopefully we’ll schedule another work day at a later date.” 

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The volunteers for the work detail were Greg Minor, Frances Waldrop, Dylan Morgan, Ambrose Mills, Robin Waldrop, Jerry Soderquist and Andy Haynes. (not pictured – John Vining) 


Polk County Historical Association president Pat McCool applauds the efforts of the cemetery volunteers. “The progress made on Saturday made a huge difference to the families of love ones buried in the cemetery,” added McCool. “We have many neglected cemeteries across Polk County that are in dire need of some attention. Thanks to the volunteers for their efforts” 


The Tryon Cemetery Commission is an official advisory committee of the Town of Tryon. Anyone with an interest in helping improve the cemetery is encouraged to get in touch with committee chairman by phoning Tryon Town Hall at 828-859-6655 and leave message for Jerry Soderquist. 


– Submitted by John Vining