UDC hosts re-dedication of Wayside Home marker
Margaret Jones #27 United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) of Waynesboro hosted the re-dedication of the Wayside Home Marker, dedication of the Olde Freight Railroad Depot Museum Confederate Section and presentation of the Wayside Home Registry in Millen Oct. 31.
Services began by MJ#27 President Dot Cauley calling everyone to order. Darryl Drake, commander of Buckhead-Fort Lawton (BFL) #2102 Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) of Millen, led the salutes and pledges to the United States, Georgia and Confederate flags, after which he led the group in singing Dixie. Ray Garvin, chaplain of BFL#2102, gave the invocation.
President Cauley welcomed everyone and expressed deepest appreciation to Bobby Dwelle and Camille Lane for rescuing the marker and moving it to its present location. She introduced Mr. Dwelle briefly and thanked him for attending. Paula Herrington, executive director of the Millen- Jenkins County Chamber of Commerce, thanked everyone for coming and expressed appreciation to her co-worker, Angie Morris, for the extra volunteer work preparing for the event.
President Cauley then introduced Paul Dye of Waynesboro, grandson of Mrs. Amos Whitehead, 1864 President of the Wayside Home UDC. She explained that Mr. Dye had brought his grandmother’s Confederate UDC diary, which he would read from and afterwards would allow it to be photographed, in part, for history. It was announced that Juanita McClain Joiner, last living member of Wayside Home UDC, is transferring into MJ#27 UDC. A wreath, loaned by the Charm Barn, was placed at the marker in memory of all UDC members of Wayside Home Chapter.
President Cauley introduced Jennifer Mansell and thanked her for all of the work she had done on the copy of the Wayside Home Registry and DVD. She also expressed appreciation to Van Purvis, of Purvis Photography of Sylvania, for photographing the registry. At this time, Ms. Mansell presented a copy of the registry to Wendy Weinberger,
regional director of the Jenkins/ Screven Library. She then presented branch director of the Jenkins County Memorial Library, Wilma Gainey, with a copy of the DVD.
The original and duplicate charter of the Wayside Home UDC is housed in the museum.
President Cauley read a letter written by Confederate Private Hardie Hodges to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Hodges. He spoke of Camp Millen and the railroad. A certified copy of the letter and a transcribed copy were given to MJ#27 by Mary Karen Hardie Blackburn of Evans. She is a direct descendant of Private Hodges. Mrs. Cauley then introduced David Moncus of Evans and member of Col. John J. Jones Camp SCV. Mr. Moncus is an expert on railroads and he told how the railroad began and how it related to the Confederacy.
MJ member Jennifer Mansell sang Shenadoah, bringing tears to eyes of many. Dot and MJ member Donna Drake re-dedicated the marker and dedicated the museum. President Cauley then presented Mrs. Herrington with a sign made of 100+ year old cypress boards that were taken from Briar Creek twp miles from where Sherman crossed at Miller’s Creek on his famous March to the Sea. The boards for the sign were donated by Johnny Taylor of Screven County. She also presented her with a Confederate flag and a copy of Hardie Hodges letter, all to be placed in the museum. A basket was placed for donations towards the upkeep of the museum. Tours were free. Assisting in the tours were MJ member Lillian Gregory and BFL member Leonard Gregory. Georgia State Fifth District Director Mary Ann Whatley brought greetings. Susanne Jones, Augusta UDC, was introduced. Greetings were given by Darryl Drake, Wendy Weinberger and Wilma Gainey. James Henry, chairman of the Jenkins County Commissioners, brought greetings. Jennifer Mansell sang How Great Thou Art. Mrs. Drake gave the UDC prayer.
Mrs. Herrington again thanked everyone for coming. She thanked those who had loaned items to the museum: BFL 2102 members-
Ray Garvin, Neil Dickey, Paul Herrington and Darryl Drake. She thanked McCloud- Moring #1386 SCV member Steve Burke and invited everyone to take part in the tour of the museum, after which she invited them to a southern reception on the train depot gazebo, hosted by the chamber of commerce.
MJ members Betty Bargeron and Kaye Mansell assisted in serving.
Mrs. Cauley thanked all who attended and helped in any way, including her husband, Tom, and Thompson-Strickland-Waters Funeral Home of Sylvania, and The Millen News. She thanked RTB Entertainment/Video Productions of Metter for filming the event for history.
At this time, Dot announced that it was the 50th birthday of Ricky Bragg and asked everyone to sing Happy Birthday to him. Angela Canty presented him with a surprise birthday cake. Teresa Bragg made sure his surprise was captured on film.
Copies of the service will be on sale at the chamber of commerce and the Charm Barn.