PARRISH, Fla. (WWSB) - Cemetery clean-ups have deep roots round here in Parrish. At least according to the folks who’ve been around here for awhile.
“Back in the old days, we had cemetery clean-up, dinner on the grounds and we just came and cleaned up your own plot,” said life-long Parrish resident Vivian Simmons Buice. Now, 92, she says preservation of this place is important.
“It’s the only thing really left.”
Vivian’s son, Mike concurred.
“We’ve got graves out here in the late 1800′s,” he said. And as the Parrish Cemetery Committee President, he would know. “Parrish Cemetery is the History of Parrish.”
And on this December morning, Mike was joined by his cemetery board members, and dozens of his neighbors, pulling out bags of accumulated trash, and scrubbing away the grime of time.
“It’s been unbelievable,” said Relford Cooper, the Vice President of the Parrish Cemetery Committee. “Since this morning at 8 o’clock... we started and its just taken off. We’ve got the Boy Scouts out here, and all sorts of volunteers out here today helping us clean up the cemetery.”
A community effort to help keep this community alive.
“Without these volunteers, it’d be a lot tougher,” said Mike Buice – the Parrish Cemetery Committee President -- as his mom beamed with pride
“It really is wonderful,” said Miss Vivian. “Becasue this cemetery means a lot to me.”
And apparently – to plenty of other people in Parrish as well.