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Oran M. Roberts

Oran M. Roberts

Chapter 440

United Daughters of the Confederacy®


Houston, Harris County, Texas


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Confederate Gravemarking Ceremony

Saturday, 3 June 2006

Gravemarker Dedication Ceremony at Heards-Prairie Petteway Cemetery near Bremond, Robertson County, Texas

L to R - Front: Members of the 7th Cavalry Regiment, Texas
L to R - Back: Karen Campbell, Judy Meschwitz, Lynna Kay Shuffield,
Anne Woods, Rita Crabbe, Janice Langford

On Saturday, 3 June 2006, the Oran M. Roberts Chapter 440, United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) held a Gravemarker Dedication Ceremony to honor the service of 19 Confederate Veterans at the Heards-Prairie Petteway Cemetery near Bremond, Robertson County, Texas.

Mrs. Janice K. Langford, President Texas Division, UDC of Huffman, Texas was the Presiding Officer and performed the ritual of dedication to honor the memory of these men and the remember their service during a monumental time-period in America.

Karen Campbell, Chaplain of Oran M. Roberts Chapter, 440, UDC read the prayer and Lynna Kay Shuffield read the poem, “A Dedication” by Rev. Dr. Randolph McKim.

There were well-over 350 individuals who attended the ceremony, which also included a celebration of the Heards-Prairie Baptist Church’s 130th Anniversary.

The markers were provided at no charge from the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs and placed in the cemetery by Leonard White, the long-time caretaker of the cemetery since 1985.

The program for the day was coordinated by Jerrie Jones Dickens Yates and Kay Lynn Mayer Knee. These ladies did an amazing job and produced an outstanding event.

The color guard for the ceremony was provided by the reenactors of the 7th Cavalry Regiment, Texas and included: 1st Lt. Mark Hanna, Sgt. Ron Paynter, Trooper Tim Lee, Trooper Mike Kientzle and Trooper Wililam Paynter.

Also participating in the ceremony was Rev. Kenny O’Quinn, pastor of the Heards Prairie Church.

The program ended with singing “Dixie” and a cannon salute was performed by Randy Billingsley of Maysfield, Texas with his one-pound cannon, known as “Little Sister.” He was assisted by Gene Shuffield of Houston. The cannon carriage is replicated from 1800s period and was used as a community cannon to signal volunteer "Minute Men" to form in town to aid against Indian attacks.

Members of the Oran M. Roberts Chapter, located in Houston, who attended the ceremony were: Rita Crabbe, Karen Byars Campbell, Judy Hoke Meschwitz, Lynna Kay Shuffield and Anne Richardson Woods. Also attending from the L. S. Ross Chapter 100, UDC, located in Bryan, were: Doris Johnson Emshoff and Anna Robertson Kellett.

Names of the Confederate Veterans Honored

David Barclay
1st Infantry Regiment, Texas State Troops

Thomas Jefferson Benge
6th Infantry Regiment, Arkansas

George H. Brantner
4th Infantry Regiment, Texas

Andrew J. Garner
Co. G, 1st Cavalry Regiment, Arkansas

Uriah Gibson
20th Infantry Regiment (Elmore’s), Texas

Ezra S. Gunter
Co. F, 9th Infantry Regiment, Arkansas

John M. Hand
Co. F, 4th Infantry Regiment, Texas

Edward Hudson*
Co. H, 2nd Infantry Regiment, Texas

Owen Jenkins
Co. C, 9th Infantry Regiment (Nichols), Texas

William Wilburn Johnson
Co. K, 20th Infantry Regiment, Texas

David Willis Meggs
Co. C, 11th Spaight's Battalion, Texas

Benjamin Franklin Oldham
Co. L, 1st Light Artillery Regiment, Mississippi

M. Micajah Petteway
Co. G, 1st Infantry Regiment (Consolidated), Alabama

Judge Conger Rogers
Co. E, 28th Infantry Regiment (Gray’s), Louisiana

John P. Shelby
1st Cavalry Regiment (Reserves), Mississippi

Joshua T. Stanford
Co. G, 2nd Infantry Regiment (Quinn's), Mississippi State Troops

Calton Walker
Co. D, Heavy Artillery, Louisiana

Alexander L. Williams
Co. C, Madison’s Regiment (Phillips), Texas
Co. C, 9th Infantry Regiment (Nichols), Texas

J. L. Willis
Co. C, Spaight’s Battalion
Co. E, Spaight’s Infantry Regiment, Texas

* Rededication

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