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Deadly accident shines light on aging gravestones in Arkansas

Fixing treestones one man’s mission

By Bill Bowden

This article was originally published May 27, 2018 at 4:30 a.m. Updated May 29, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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Bob Young, administrator of the Fayetteville Evergreen Cemetery Association, demonstrates how easy it is to topple an unsecured Woodmen of the World tombstone. “These are in cemeteries all over everywhere, and nobody’s addressing this issue,” Young said.

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TimberTopper says... May 27, 2018 at 6:22 a.m.

You'd think that fraternal would make it a project for their current membership, with some funds from their headquarters to help with the expenses. But maybe they are only interested in writing insurance now days, and the fraternal part is no more, except on paper.

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DoubleBlind says... May 27, 2018 at 9:57 a.m.

Where were the kid’s parents or those supervising the birthday party? The kid shouldn’t have been climbing on tombstones. Not saying he deserved to die as a result. Just that it wasn’t meant for that purpose.

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NoUserName says... May 27, 2018 at 10:26 a.m.

Do you have kids, DB?

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Jfish says... May 27, 2018 at 11:29 a.m.

I was thinking the same thing NUN, I do not have kids, but I can guarantee you that as a kid that tombstone would have been an invitation to climb. Nobody's fault, but it is something that needs to be corrected, kudos to Mr. Young and his efforts.

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NoUserName says... May 27, 2018 at 11:53 a.m.

DB isn't wrong. Had I been there and seen kids leave to play in a graveyard, I would have stopped it. Not because I thought it could be dangerous (I wouldn't have...), but because playing in a graveyard just isn't appropriate on ANY level. On the other hand, kids are insidious little b@stards and it isn't possible to watch them 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Sometimes they get into things they shouldn't or do things they shouldn't. You just hope that when they do, the results aren't as tragic as this. That being said, I also don't favor shrink-wrapping the entire world. That just isn't feasible either.

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