Cemetery central to reunion

Without plans for internment, Carolyn Sigler Schellang’s only sister Billie Linda Sigler Taylor died in 1995. Carolyn wanted to bury her sister in the Sigler Cemetery in Shelby County, Tennessee, on land donated in February 1870 by Littleton Smith Sigler and deeded to Sigler heirs.

Carolyn, of Pensacola, Florida, discovered that few family members even knew about the cemetery. She was dismayed by the overgrown weeds and broken headstones. Maintenance had become too much for family members who were trying to take care of it. She has since found and notified family about the cemetery and has resurrected a family reunion at the site. With money donated by “found” kin they’ve built a fence, a new concrete drive and installed a wrought iron half moon over the entrance with the Sigler name in it. She credits her cousin, Ray Sigler, and uncle, Joe Sigler, for their hard work and letting kin know their donations were spent only for cemetery care.

Family Rallies

Andrew Elton Williams was buried at South Butler Methodist Cemetery, McKenzie, Alabama. There was a group willing to refurbish the grounds but needed funds. The Williams Family Reunion newsletter publicized the need and request and the needed money was raised. This family newsletter was vital to identify the descendants of Williams according to Sissy Williams Howell.