Saturday, December 10, 2016

REMEMBERING BILL COWART



William Guy “W.G.” Cowart, Jr, age 82, of Carrollton, passed away Thursday, December 08, 2016. He was born July 13, 1934 in Carroll County, Georgia to the late William Guy Cowart, Sr and Mary Haynes Cowart.
He proudly served in the United States Navy as a Navy Chaplain and also served two years in the United States Marine Corp. He was a retired Methodist Minister.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his siblings, Elizabeth Weathington, Verdie Nunnally, Evelyn Moore, Thomas Cowart, Eugene Cowart, and Rex Cowart.
He is survived by his loving wife, Charlotte Creel Cowart of Carrollton; son and daughter-in-law, Allen and Gina Cowart of Indiana; daughter and son-in-law, Irene and Robert Kelley of Kansas; three brothers, Terry Cowart, Travis Cowart, and Don Cowart; seventeen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Funeral service will be conducted Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 2:00 PM from Martin & Hightower Heritage Chapel with Pastor Ken Stephens and Rev. Karen Kagiyama officiating. Interment will follow in Carroll Memory Gardens with Rev. Larry Patton presiding. Those serving as pallbearers will be Tanner Cowart, Baylon Kelley, Kade Crawford, Seth Crawford, Joseph Crawford, and Matt Crawford. The U.S. Navy Honor Guard will perform military honors.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 12:00 PM until the hour of service.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial contributions be made to the Carroll County Veterans Memorial Park Association, Inc., P. O. Box 1062, Carrollton, Georgia 30112. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www.martin-hightower.com. Martin & Hightower Heritage Chapel of Carrollton has charge of the arrangements.

Fountain Dedication 5-24-2008

"We dedicate this fountain to the veterans and their families, who served this country honorably and gave us the freedoms we enjoy. We honor their sacrifices and brave service. 
They are our heroes!"
"Almighty God, as we meet together, we pause to give you thanks for your abiding presence in our country. We thank you for our forefathers who established this great nation and gave us the opportunity to live in freedom. Guide us and direct us to wise decisions that we might continue the legacy left to us by all those
who, throughout our history, labored to preserve our American Heritage and way of life. We pray your continual blessing upon our veterans and armed forces. Protect us against all that threatens our nation's welfare, and keep us always in your warm embrace and loving care. In your holy name we pray. Amen."

Remembering Bill Cowart: He served as Chaplain of the CCVMP and was a regular and faithful Chaplain!
At our Memorial Day Program on May 24, 2016, Chaplain Bill Cowart read my dedication speech – since I was at home with a broken leg!  The Community Foundation gave us a $20,000 matching grant to build the fountain - this was the first added feature to the Park.  
Thank you Bill for your service!                                                            -Violette Denney

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

ROGER KNOWLES IS THANKED FOR HIS SERVICE TO THE VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK


Director Roger Knowles (right) finished his term as Director of the Carroll County Veterans Memorial Park and was presented a plaque in recognition of his service.  The plaque was presented by President Don Levans.  Knowles has served faithfully for many years and has now retired from his most recent job as Director.  We look forward to his continued support of the Veterans Park.

CCVMP OFFICERS FOR 2017 ELECTED


Past President Norris Garrett, chairman of the nominating committee, introduced the 2017 officers and they are pictured from the left Norris Garrett, President Don Levans, Treasurer Rebecca Smith, Director Sam Pyle, Vice President Barry Gardner, Secretary Joe Harrod, Credentials Chairman Charles Griffin, and Director Mike Washington.

THANK YOU GAIL LIGGETT FOR YOUR SERVICE


Gail Liggett retired from her Secretary position on the board and was presented an "Appreciation Plaque."  This is always a good thing to do and cost very little to show appreciation for a job well done!  Thank you Gail and we hope you will continue to serve our Veterans.  President Don Levans recognized her and presented the plaque at the November CCVMP meeting at the Brookdale Senior Living facility where the Park Committee was honored with dinner.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

VETERANS DAY PROGRAM AT THE PARK

It was a great day at the Carroll County Veterans Memorial Park – Celebrating Our Military Veterans!  Sounds of patriotic music echoed throughout the Park compliments of the Carroll Wind Ensemble with Director Terry Lowry.  Master of Ceremonies LTC Barry Gardner (USA Ret.) presided and the Colors were presented and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by the Carrollton High School JROTC.  Students Anna Carnes and Courtney Vance sang the National Anthem and later with the entire audience sang God Bless America.  Gardner read the names of those Killed-In-Action in Vietnam and the bell tolled for each one.  All veterans were honored and thanked for their service and welcomed home!  A special group picture was taken of the Vietnam Veterans in attendance.  The American Legion Honor Guard from Post 143 saluted the veterans with their rifle squad and Taps were played.

The keynote speaker was Col. Wayne Waddell (Ret. USAF).   In 1966, after completing F-105 Thunderchief Combat Crew Training, Maj. Waddell was assigned to the 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron of the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing at Takhli Royal Thai AFB, Thailand, In April 1967.  Maj Waddell was forced to eject over North Vietnam and became a Prisoner of War while flying his 47th combat mission on July 5, 1967.  After spending 2,070 days in captivity at the Hanoi Hilton, he was released during Operation Homecoming on March 4, 1973.  He was welcomed home by his hometown, City of Bremen and West GA.  Then he attended Air War College at Maxwell AFB, Alabama.  Col Waddell then remained on the faculty of the Air War College until 1975, when he transferred to the Pentagon and worked on the Department of Defense Joint Service Committee on Air Munitions standardization from 1975 to 1979. His final assignment was as director of U.S. Air Force Emergency Plans for the Eastern United States at Dobbins AFB, Georgia, from 1979 until his retirement from the Air Force on October 27, 1987. Col Waddell served as President of NAM-POWs Corp, the Organization of former Vietnam Prisoners of War, from 1981 to 1984.

 
The keynote speaker was Col. Wayne Waddell (Ret. USAF) and he is pictured on the left with  Master of Ceremonies LTC Barry Gardner (USA Ret.)  on the right.



Students Anna Carnes (right) and Courtney Vance sang the National Anthem and later with the entire audience sang God Bless America.  


Central High School JROTC


Sounds of patriotic music echoed throughout the Park compliments of the Carroll County Wind Ensemble with Director Terry Lowry.  Thank you Terry for a job well done.


Central JROTC placed the memorial wreath during the ceremony.


The local Abraham Baldwin Chapter Daughter of the American Revolution and the Casimir Pulaski Chapter Sons of the American Revolution are excited about honoring our American Revolutionary Veterans who settled in Georgia in 1826 through 1840. 
Standing left to right: Tina Clune, Violette Denney, Wendy Quinn and Gwyn Chesnut (Front from the left) Paula Steed, Idys Overton and Regent Alice Robinson.

Friday, October 21, 2016

NEW ADDITIONS TO THE CONTRIBUTORS WALL OF HONOR


It is my pleasure to post a recent picture of the "Contributors Wall of Honor" showing the latest names added.  Thank you: Eddie Cole and Woody Cole!

These patriotic individuals and companies on this wall are the ones who made donations which enabled us to build a "Million Dollar Park".  There are more names on the other side of this wall.  Check out both sides next time you visit the Carroll County Veterans Memorial Park.

WALLS OF HONOR - END PLAQUES



NUMERICAL LIST

WALL    PLAQUE
3 9 ARRINGTON, ROMIE
1 1 LEAK, D S III
1 3 LEAK, DOUGLAS PAUL
1 4 LEAK, GEORGE WESLEY
1 2 LEAK, JAMES GROVER
2 8 McEWEN, DONALD RAY
2 5 McEWEN, FLOYD
2 6 McEWEN, FLOYD STEPHEN
2 7 McEWEN, VICTOR BRAD
3 10 WILLIAMS, WILLIAM CHARLES