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Strong men maintain historical cemeteries

By Mary Murphy

New Enon News

We live near and around a historical cemetery. Most people cannot see the beauty that reflects the newborn with the death of the dead. We did not come this way to stay, but to fertilize the beauty of the earth.

The memories are in the heart of the loved ones left behind.

We have been maintaining this historical cemetery with many blacks and whites buried next to each other without color lines, without sandstones as a marker to say they were here, but now they are gone.

A very talented man who refuses to let his handicap hinder his belief in himself, continues his quest for professionalism.

Mr. James Vaxter, the father of five children, two deceased, became a machinist of big trucks for the City of Oxford. He drove for a truck line.

He also learned various skills that life has to offer. Keeping up this unique piece of property took skill and labor.

Mr. Vaxter and Elvage Fondren worked hard to restore this property. The arch was restored by Elvage and Keith Fondren to its former glory.

When you walk under the arch going into the garden, you feel the spirit of those who have passed on to a better place.

Mr. Vaxter, a man who loves his neighborhood and his church, rolls with the punches to carry on the legacy of these cemeteries. At Old Enon and behind New Enon the historical marker stands between east Batesville and New Enon Church. Take a walk. You will feel a sense of peace as you strong through the garden.

Mr. Vaxter serves as a deacon at his church. He loves Bible study which he attends faithfully with his wife, Phyllis.

The couple enjoys traveling to the Colorado mountains during the fall of the year, when the leaves are changing to magnificent colors.