This past Memorial Day weekend, a group of Mayer Electric Supply Montgomery, Alabama associates and their families teamed up to help clean up around the local community. Located a few blocks down the road from the Mayer-Montgomery Adams Avenue location is the Lincoln Cemetery. Glenn Ford, the Mayer Branch Manager, and other associates had driven by this cemetery one afternoon and seen what terrible condition it was in so Glenn decided to check into it.
He found the Lincoln Cemetery to be over 100 years old and originally designed as an African-American cemetery. The owners of the cemetery, who should be maintaining the cemetery, cannot be found. Compounding the problem is the fact that it was only designed to hold 700 graves and there are now over 6,000. With no one to manage the cemetery, Glenn discussed it with his fellow Mayer-Montgomery team members and they took it upon themselves to do something.
The Mayer-Montgomery clean-up team consisted of John Sides and his son Perkins, Lane Dodson and his wife Heather, Joey Latham and wife Cathy, Darryl Durham, Mike Lewis, Kathy Roop, Tony Trammell and son Nick, Robbie Ellison and his son Jacob, Britton Durham, and Derrick Creekmore. This team of dedicated workers mowed and trimmed the cemetery as well as hauled off more than 50 55-gallon bags of cuttings and trash.
Glenn explained the good feelings the work generated: “I could not be more proud of our team. We chose Memorial Day weekend not knowing that in our cleanup we would find so many graves with markers showing they belonged to veterans that had served in WWII and Korea. That just made it even more special. We were truly honored to show them just a bit of dignity and respect they deserve.”