Weatherford Democrat

October 18, 2013

‘Men of the Cloth’ theme of Talking Tombstones Tour on Saturday


Weatherford Democrat

— The 2013 Talking Tombstones Tour, this year titled “Men of the Cloth,” is this Saturday at Old City Greenwood Cemetery, 300 Front St., in Weatherford.

The first tour will begin at 1 p.m. with tours following every 15 minutes. The last tour will begin at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for ages 10 and up and $5 for ages 5-9 and will be sold the day of the tour at the front gate. Proceeds benefit Parker County Heritage Society.

Actors will portray some of the local pastors buried in the historic city cemetery who played important and historical roles in Weatherford’s colorful past. Duncan Alexander will portray Reuben A. Eddleman, who pastored the CME Church during the Civil War. Rev. Van N. Houser will portray William G. Parsons, who was killed while hunting wild turkey. Pastor B. Gee Pearson will become Henry Day Bantau, a journalist and founder of Add-Ran College. Rev. David Goodrich will portray Charley Witte Byron, known as the clown preacher. Rev. John Thielepape will portray Thomas W. Hines, whose health improved by his circuit rider travels. Dr. Randolph Coney will portray Patrick F. Brannan, a lawyer, Weatherford mayor and priest.

Those taking the tour, which lasts about 75 minutes, will hear Jean Bennett tell the cemetery’s history. Kay Huse will give the background for the theme of this year’s tour, which is marks its 10th anniversary. Kathy Mosby is the gatekeeper.

Serving as docents this year are Larry Bartoli, Bill Warren, Lana Robinson, Linda Bagwell, Gwendolyn Dowdy-Nash, Janice Smith, Jacquie King, Elizabeth Lawrence, Karen Nantz and Dale Fleeger.

Volunteers this year are Barbara Osborn and Kathleen Baker. The photographer is Andra Franks and the tour coordinator is Jonelle Ryan Bartoli.