An Eagle Scout candidate from Denton will be honored during Commissioners Court today for work cleaning up two cemeteries in the county.
During the regular 9 a.m. meeting of the Denton County commissioners, Chris Green will be recognized by the Denton County Historical Commission for his work and leadership role in the June 1 cleanup of Harrington and Cassady, two of three historic cemeteries near Little Elm.
“It made me feel good cleaning up the graves so we can remember them,” Green said.
Green is a member of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 366, chartered by Denton Bible Church.
He said his scoutmaster, Ken Reedy, brought the cleanup project to him and got him in touch with Gary Cook, a historical commission committee member who Green worked with on the project.
All three cemeteries date back to the 1870s. Harrington was originally located at the site. Clark and Cassady were moved from the Little Elm area when the Garza/Little Elm Dam and reservoir project was developed in the 1950s.
Green said the preservation of the cemeteries is important to those who were buried there.
“Because anyone who has ever lived, has a gravestone to help people remember them,” he said. “I felt kind of bad for them, that they were just hidden from the world. That’s why I did it.”
In addition, the historical commission will present a certificate of commendation noting the help and support Troop 366 gave Green during the project.
Boy Scouts who assisted in the cleanup included Ethan Coppedge, Jacob Wyman, Jackson Cook, Ben Leonard, Will Leonard, Kyle Cummings, Maxwell Pacheco, Jack Rayson, Michael Green, Zach Curran, Alex Walford, Kevin Curran, Charles Shelton, Dylan Towne, Connor Roche and Cody Roche. Adult workers were Gary Cook, Jeff Whitcomb, Todd Cook, DJ Anderson, Ken Reedy, Gerry Green, Miriam Green, Michelle Curran, Bret Curran, John Towne, Allison Green, Heath Autry and Mark Pacheco.
Green said recognition was not his intent with the project.
“I think that’s pretty cool. It was just kind of a bonus,” he said. “I didn’t even think I’d get recognized for doing it.”
BJ LEWIS can be reached at 940-566-6875 and via Twitter at @BjlewisDRC.