Descendents of a man whose tombstone was abandoned along the Augusta Canal more than 50 years ago plan to retrieve the monument after learning of its existence through a story earlier this week in The Augusta Chronicle.
The granite marker was made for Wade H. Pender, buried in 1928 in Magnolia Cemetery. His remains were relocated in 1960 to a family plot in Hillcrest Cemetery, which does not use above-ground memorials.
Officials believe that is when someone left the marker from Magnolia along the Augusta Canal, where recent underbrush clearing made it more visible.
Rebecca Rogers, the Augusta Canal Authority’s marketing director, said she was contacted by a family member, Peggy Langham of Waynesboro, Ga., who is making arrangements for relatives in Augusta to retrieve the marker.