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Two new names to join list on War Memorial

Two additional names plus the Iraq War name and dates will be added to the Halifax County War Memorial bringing the total names listed to 751 after Halifax County Board of Supervisors granted approval to the War Memorial Oversight Committee last week during its regular monthly meeting.


Committee Chairman Douglas Powell’s request to add the names of William K. Tune who fought in the War Between the States and John Smith Jr. who fought in the War of 1812 was part of the committee’s annual report included in the board’s consent agenda that received unanimous board approval.

According to Powell, South Boston Memorials has quoted a price of $450 for the addition of new names and text.

Committee members had delayed engraving dates of the war in Iraq until the conflict ended, Powell said.

The committee sought supervisors’ approval last week in an effort to have the work completed in time for the Memorial Day celebrations that take place at the War Memorial.

Donated funds remaining from the project when the volunteer Halifax County War Memorial Committee disbanded in 2004 continue to be kept by the county treasurer in a separate account, Powell explained.

 The balance in the account as of Dec. 31 was $14,943.04, according to Treasurer Linda Foster. 

Such funds are only to be used for non-maintenance enhancements and needs as identified and recommended by the oversight committee, and then approved by the board of supervisors.

According to Powell’s report, the oversight committee continues to meet as needed to share its observations and develop its recommendations holding its annual meeting in January of this year. 

Officers reelected were Chairman Douglas Powell and Vice-Chairperson Grace Elliott.

The committee also met Tuesday with plans to meet again on July 10 and Oct. 9 before holding its next annual meeting in January 2013.

“The oversight committee continues to work with the county building and grounds department as it continues to deal with problems with the landscaping. The original boxwoods and some other shrubs have continued to die as a result of summer heat and other causes,” according to Powell, and the committee recently agreed with recommendations that some of them be removed and not replaced at this time.

The current membership of the oversight committee includes Frank Carr, Halifax Post 99, American Legion; Joe Chandler, John M. Jordan Camp 581, Sons of Confederate Veterans; Dot Clements, Halifax Woman’s Club; Jane Confroy, Berryman Green Chapter 2-010-VA, Daughters of the American Revolution; Mickey Conner, South Boston Post 8, American Legion; Wayne Conner, Halifax County Board of Supervisors, Building and Grounds Committee; Chair Grace Elliott, Halifax Chapter 1321, United Daughters of the Confederacy; H. L. “Pete” Myers, Halifax County Post 8243, Veterans of Foreign Wars; George Nester, County Administrator; Douglas Powell, Halifax County Historical Society; and William Stephens, Tri-Rivers Chapter 840, Vietnam Veterans of America.