A Message from volunteer Kevin Hudson: In 2010 I moved to Athens, GA. As such I am not around Hillcrest as often as I would like any more, but I still maintaining the records and helping people with grave locations as best I can with occasional visits. Unfortunately, we also stopped having volunteer cleanup days at Hillcrest when I moved, as I had lived nearby and kept the tools handy and time to coordinate the events. Cam and Margene still keep the hired mowing crew going using the donations that still come in—we have a great local mower who respects the grounds and gives us a great rate.

I visited Hillcrest earlier this month to do some research, and found that we are long overdue for some volunteer work before the first spring mowing. We will be out there this Saturday, March 16, from 10am-2pm and invite those of you who are local and able to join us on this day.

Here is a partial list or projects that need attention:

  • Remove a couple small dead trees/shrubs
  • Pick up limbs and branches
  • Pick up litter…lots of it
  • Remove old flowers (our biggest project for this date)
  • Perhaps some pruning and cutting back some shrubs
  • Raking is a low priority, but is sometimes needed in the old section


  • Bug spray or sunscreen (maybe needed?)
  • Gloves—we will have some but best to being some you like
  • Heavy-duty trash bags for flowers
  • Any hand tools you like using (pruners, loppers, leaf rakes) though we may have some to share
  • No power tools or mowers, please! Hopefully there will be too many people around for this. If you would like to volunteer to do some leaf blowing and such, contact me and we can arrange another time.
  • Exception: We need one chain saw to cut a couple small trunks and maybe to cut some limbs to a smaller size.

Please share this and invite your friends and community groups. We hope to have refreshments as well.

If you use Facebook, you can sign up and invite others to this event here.

Hillcrest also has its own Facebook page too.

Greetings family members, supporters, friends and neighbors. I realize it has been over a year since I have updated this blog. While everything is going ok at Hillcrest and with the Association, it has been a very eventful year for us all. Those of you who know me—this is Kevin Hudson writing the update— know that brevity is not my strong suit, but I will try to hit just the highlights in this post.

  • Steven K. Bramlett

    On April 29th of this year one of the founders of our association, Hillcrest Historian Steven Bramlett, passed away. Steven was the impetus for the creation of an association to preserve and restore Hillcrest, and first inspired me to get involved in the project. After he saw that Hillcrest was on track for preservation, he moved on to other area cemeteries, then turned his attention to the East Point Historical Society where he was on the Board of Directors and held the position of Curator, but I could tell Hillcrest was his first priority even when he didn’t always admit it. Steven is survived by his mother, and missed by many friends and fellow historians and preservationists.

  • In October, I moved from East Point to Athens. I am still involved with Hillcrest in terms of technical items such as maintaining the information we have on burials, our online presence and helping with locating graves, however, I resigned my position as Chairman of the Board of Hillcrest and my regular position on the Board because of my inability to be present at the quarterly board meetings. I will always have a place in my heart, and presumably my scheduled, for Hillcrest, and hope to become more active again in the future.
  • The loss of Steven and my moving out of the area has left Hillcrest without anyone available locally to find and/or mark graves for new burials, family visits and researchers. (And only one person who knows enough about the layout to do it remotely.) While I hope to find at least two other people with the availability and willingness to again offer on-site location services, I have begun the process of making “self-service” grave location available as an option at Hillcrest. This weekend we began by logging more information to use as landmarks and taking some key photos. These will be used on an enhanced website later this year which will allow users to find a grave location “address” online, then use new maps to see an overview pointing out the location in a way that will pinpoint most graves, and give guidance for finding others. I hope to have this somewhat completed by mid-summer.
  • Besides adding the grave search functionality, I plan to thoroughly update the existing Web site this summer as well.
  • The apartments across the street from Hillcrest have been closed down and boarded up, and are slated for demolition soon. There has been no recent word on plans for the site, but prior to the housing market downturn, a new mixed-income development was planned.
  • Freshly repaved Stanton Road

    Stanton Road has just been repaved by the City of East Point from Langford Parkway (Lakewood Freeway) to Norman Berry Drive.

  • We are continuing to mow all of Hillcrest during the growing season, however, for the last couple of years, the amount in our bank account has been shrinking as donations have slowed dramatically.
  • To the best of my knowledge, monthly scheduled cleanups have been suspended for some time. While there is some work to be done on a regular basis, now that all of the graves have been made accessible, it is not quite as important. Presumably, scheduled and group events will resume in the future.
  • The main portion of the Hillcrest Veterans Memorial Wall has been constructed. We anticipate completing the project this year (installation of the engraved brick pavers, flagpole and other details) and will announce a dedication ceremony when it has been scheduled.
  • I plan to post another update within the month, hopefully including a message from the current Hillcrest Board.
With warmest regards,

Robert Phillips, 73, of Eatonton died Monday, February 8, 2010.

Louise Reardon, 88, of Stockbridge died Tuesday, February 15, 2010.

Our deepest condolences to both of these families.

We have just received word that Sara Goen, who ran Sara’s antique store on Whiteway in East Point up until about a decade ago, has died. Family visitation will be Monday, January 25, 2010 from 6-8:00pm. She will be memorialized at East Point Christian Church at 2:00pm Tuesday, followed by interment at Hillcrest Cemetery. Carmichael-Hemperly Funeral Home is taking care of the arrangements.

Nelly Ruth Kelly, who was preceded in death by her husband James Marion Kelly, passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2010. She will be interred in Hillcrest Cemetery on Wednesday, January 13, 2010.

Due to popular request of our volunteers, we planned to work in the cold tomorrow, but the Atlanta Community Toolbank was closed due to weather/road conditions, so we were unable to obtain the needed tools and gloves. We have unfortunately had to cancel tomorrow’s volunteer event. No alternate date has been planned, however we do this monthly and can be found on the HOA and Disney Directories. If you signed up for this event and either have not received an email from us or called and been told about the cancellation, please let us know. The new Disney system did not inform us of all signups somehow, so we have no way to contact this group and do not know how many there are. On top of this, Hands on Atlanta is closed today, so there is no one there to look into this problem for me.

Joseph Barnett

10/10/1917 – 12/13/2009

Joseph H. Barnett, Jr of Wesley Woods-Newnan, GA age 92 died December 13, 2009. Joe was born Oct. 10, 1917 in East Point, GA to the late Joseph H. and Vanie Williams Barnett. Sr. He was preceded in death by sisters, Betty Rucker College Park, GA, Louise Shirley East Point, GA, brother, James Barnett N. Highland, CA. Survived by twenty one nieces and nephews, great – to great, great, great. After graduating from Russell High School in 1935, during the great depression, he signed on with the Civilian Conservation Corps “CCC” and along with other young men – help build Lake Rabun Beach and Recreation Area in North Georgia. He was employed by Genuine Parts Co, Atlanta, GA 1936 to 1951, later owned and operated Trio Cleaners and Launder until retirement. Joe and his high school sweetheart, Lucile Virginia Bragg, were married in 1940. Made their home in East Point until 1997 when they moved to Christian City, then to Wesley Woods of Newnan-Peachtree City. Veteran of World War II, served as an instructor in Army Ordinance at Aberdeen Proving Ground Maryland. He was a member of East point Masonic Lodge #288, Adult Leader in Boy Scouts of America, the Gideon’s International, Charter Member of East Point Historical Society, Founding Member of Hillcrest Cemetery Memorial Association, and a member of East Point United Methodist Church for eighty years. Joe and Lucille were members of the Wany Bryan Airstream Club and traveled to all fifty states, Canada, and Mexico. Joe and Lucile had a wonderful life together. Their love and devotion to each other was a testimonial to family and friends. Joe had said of all the experiences in his long life, what he was most proud of and received the greatest joy and happiness from was the sixty seven wonderful years of marriage, love , travel and adventure with the one he called “beautiful”. Now they are together for eternity. Condolences may be sent to the family online at http://www.mckoon.com. Those who wish may make donations to Hillcrest Cemetery Memorial Association, P.O. Box 91377 East Point, GA 30364 The family will receive friends on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at McKoon Funeral Home, 38 Jackson St, Newnan, GA from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. The memorial service is Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 11:00 AM at Wesley Woods of Newnan-Peachtree City with the graveside service following at 1:30 PM at Hillcrest Cemetery in East Point, Ga. McKoon Funeral Home 770-253-4580

giveadayThe Hillcrest Cemetery Memorial Association has been selected by Disney Parks and Hands on Atlanta as one of the Atlanta area participants in Disney’s “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” program. This is the program that was introduced on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition last month. Beginning with our January 9th cleanup and continuing through 2010, anyone who registers with the program online in advance of a Hillcrest volunteer day, and then participates in that volunteer event, will receive a complimentary one-day pass to any Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort theme park. We are still being set up in their system. Once it goes live we will let you know so all of our Volunteers, including those who sign up through Hands On Atlanta, can participate.

The next scheduled meeting of the board of HCMA will be Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 5:30 pm at Jefferson Avenue Baptist Church.

We have been invited by the East Point Historical Society to join them for their annual Christmas Tea on Sunday, November 22, 2009 from 2:00–5:00 pm. Details are on their website.

I wanted to add a few recent photos and quick updates on some Hillcrest Projects:


70 shovels and trowels, 75 pair of gloves, 3 buckets, and a wheelbarrow: What it took to equip 70 volunteers. This was a $47 rental from the Atlanta Community Toolbank, where we get most of our tools at a significant discount for being a non-profit. (Plus we provide water and miscellaneous supplies.) The toolbank has been a partner with Hillcrest for over three years, enabling us to have different tools each month, and without having to worry about storage or replacement over time. We spend $400-800 per year equipping our volunteers. It would be great to find a person or company who would specifically sponsor our cleanups by covering some or all of these costs, as our 2008-2009 tool and supply sponsor will be unable to continue this in 2010.


Work is progressing quickly on the Hillcrest Veterans’ Memorial. The memoral wall will be technically complete within a week or so, but there are other pieces of the overall project to be completed after the wall is done.


The Bronze section’s (Section M) driveway has been torn in two over the years by a big mudhole at the corner. We have tried to shore it up from time to time but with this year’s rains it has now sunken so deep that the asphalt curbing is collapsing into it. From past experience it will take at least $2000 to make a proper gravel repair to this area so that cars can again make a full loop of the section and not have to back up long distances (or unknowingly turn around on unmarked graves). We have plenty of dirt nearby to raise the ground level, but we will need to support it so that it does not collapse again before adding gravel, plus provide for drainage. If anyone reading this can help with engineering or construction, please let us know.


The wrought iron fence around the Phillips lot—likely a century old—has long been a landmark of Hillcrest. It has fallen into disrepair and several sections were loose. We re-secured them with bolts and wire, but just this month someone came and disconnected three sections—about half—and stole them. We are heartbroken about the loss. While headstones, the visible items that matter most in a cemetery, are not being stolen, the fencing and urns that have been taken are a great loss to us.


Several people volunteered to cut up and haul away the bulk of the pair of fallen oak trees at the edge of the historic section. They get the firewood and we get the trees removed. Work is progressing, but due to weather, has been slow so far. We will likely need to have a large amount of smaller limbs (foreground) removed once they are finished.