Descendents to claim tombstone found along Augusta Canal

Friday, March 22, 2013 11:00 AM
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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.

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Officials say Wade H. Pender is not buried under the granite slab bearing his name along the Augusta Canal. He was buried that year in Augusta's Magnolia Cemetery, according to city records, and his remains were relocated in 1960 to Hillcrest Cemetery.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN
MICHAEL HOLAHAN
Officials say Wade H. Pender is not buried under the granite slab bearing his name along the Augusta Canal. He was buried that year in Augusta's Magnolia Cemetery, according to city records, and his remains were relocated in 1960 to Hillcrest Cemetery.

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.

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soapy_725 03/22/13 - 11:21 am
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Who carries and places a granite tombstone
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in the Augusta Canal? What would be the motive? What would justify the effort? Someone with a city bulldozer cleaning up at a city cemetery looking to dump a load of debris. BingGo !!!!

GA DOT was caught dumping tombstones and dirt from a road clearing project into the Big Ohoopee River in Emanuel Co.

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