Confederate memorial service held at Big Horse
A Confederate memorial service was recently held in the sprawling cemetery behind the 160-year-old Big Horse Creek Church to honor eight Confederate soldiers. They were Andrew Jackson Becton, Matthew Edward Burke, William D.S. Burke, Enos B. Dickey, James L. Dickey, Madison Monroe Dickey, Samuel Calhoun Madison Monroe Dickey and Samuel Wilson.
The event was sponsored by the Margaret Jones #27 United Daughters of the Confederacy of Waynesboro.
The program included the giving of eulogies of each soldier and their unit by family members as follows: A.J. Becton by Betty Bargeron; Matthew Burke by Ricky Blackburn; W.D.S. Burke by Steve Burke; Enos Dickey by Sandra Harley; James Dickey by Mary Hazel Sharpe; Madison Dickey by Neal Dickey; Samuel Calhoun Madison Monroe Dickey by Dot Cauley; and Samuel Wilson by Joe Wilson.
The "widows" were introduced and escorted to the graves to place roses, and family members laid wreaths for their fallen soldiers. Flag presentations were done by Don Bazemore and Randall Burke. Jim Willis led the re-enactors in a 21-gun salute.
Dot Cauley, great-great-greatgranddaughter of S.C.M.M. Dickey closed the service by tying all the soldiers to the Dickey family. Pastor Wendell Madray gave the benediction and refreshments were served in the social hall of the church.