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Lighthouse keepers to be honored in ceremonies in Mathews

Volunteers with the nonprofit organization U.S. Lighthouse Society and its Chesapeake Chapter will honor six Chesapeake Bay lighthouse keepers in special ceremonies beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7, at three cemeteries in Mathews County. The ceremonies are open to the public.

In the ceremonies, each keeper will be honored with the unveiling of a United States Lighthouse Service grave marker, according to a press release. The chapter will conduct the first 30-minute tribute to William Edward Davis at 9:30 a.m. at H.C. Smither Memorial Cemetery in Hudgins.The event, rain or shine, then moves to Mathews Baptist Church Cemetery, also in Hudgins, where at 10:45 a.m. keeper Robert Franklin Powell will be honored.

After a lunch break, the ceremonies will continue at St. Paul United Methodist Church Cemetery in Susan as keeper John William Thomas is honored at 1:30 p.m., followed by a 2:15 p.m. ceremony recognizing keeper James Temple Ripley. At 3:30 p.m., keeper Oliver R. Hud...

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