A pancake sausage breakfast to benefit Clarksville’s Greenwood Cemetery is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5 from 7-10 a.m. at the American Legion building in Clarksville.
The cemetery committee again is sponsoring the breakfast fundraiser and is reaching out to the community for assistance in maintaining the 145-year-old cemetery. The proceeds will be used for the stone repair project. In many cases, there are no living family members, especially in the older section of Greenwood, who have taken care of the monuments.
By state statute, the perpetual care money for the cemetery only allows the interest to be used and the current low interest rates provide little financial assistance. The cemetery has no endowments. The city of Clarksville uses general revenue funds to pay for required maintenance. The Greenwood Memorial fund was established for memorials and donations to be used for improvements to the cemetery and donors should designate they desire their funds to go for stone repair.
The cemetery committee meets monthly on the third Thursday at 9 a.m. at Clarksville City Hall from March through October. The group recommends cemetery needs and offers suggestions to the city council but has not voting authority. Members are appointed for a four-year term and approved by the city council. Visitors are welcome to attend meetings.
Pancake and sausage breakfasts are held in the fall and spring as fundraisers. Proceeds from previous fundraisers were designated and used for tree, stump and limb removals.