December 21, 2014

Local DAR Members Attend Grave Marker Dedication

Pictured above are James Stewart members Carla Brown and Mary Lane shown with piper John Mortison and members of the Award Winning Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard at the Grave Marker Dedication for Revolutionary soldiers Benjamin Hughes and Drury Banks in Senoia, Georgia

Pictured above are James Stewart members Carla Brown and Mary Lane shown with piper John Mortison and members of the Award Winning Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard at the Grave Marker Dedication for Revolutionary soldiers Benjamin Hughes and Drury Banks in Senoia, Georgia

(Senoia, GA) — On Saturday June 21, 2014, Regent Carla Brown and Vice Regent Mary Lane represented the James Stewart Chapter NSDAR at the Grave Marker Dedication for North Carolina Militia Soldiers Benjamin Hughes and Drury Banks at the White Oak Presbyterian Church in Senoia, GA.

The dedication ceremony was sponsored by the Marquis de Lafayette Chapter Sons of the American Revolution.

Mr. Winston Skinner, Assistant News Editor of the Newnan Times-Herald served as master of ceremonies. The posting of the colors was performed by the award winning GASAR Color Guard and the Marquis de Lafayette Chapter Militia with Piper John Mortison piping in the colors.

Compatriot Charles E Baker gave the invocation and General Daniel Newnan Chapter DAR past Regent Audrey Wylie led attendees in the singing of the Star Spangled Banner. Compatriot John Sloan led the Pledge of Allegiance and Compatriot Charles Baker led the SAR Pledge.

Distinguished guests bringing greetings were Compatriot J. Michael Tomme, SR., Registrar General NSSAR; Compatriot James E. Stallings, Immediate Past President GASSAR; Compatriot George H. Wheeless, Casmir Pulaski Chapter GASSAR; Compatriot Ed Rigel, Sr., Commander GASSAR Color Guard and Past President GASSAR; and Mr. Tyler Baker, State Treasurer GSSCAR.

Mr. Robert Trammel gave a biography of his ancestor Benjamin Hughes and Ms. Sara Jane Overstreet shared information on her ancestor Drury Banks. Compatriot John F. Sloan, III and Compatriot Charles E. Baker dedicated the markers which were then unveiled by descendants of each patriot.

Mrs. Lisa Davis and her son Brandon Wheelus unveiled the marker of Benjamin Hughes and Mrs. Norman Hunter unveiled that of Drury Banks.

Wreaths were presented by members of the following societies: Andrew McBride Chapter NSDAR, Button Gwinnett Chapter NSDAR, Cherokee Rose Society NSCAR, Chestatee River Chapter NSDAR, Georgia State Society Children of the American Revolution (GSSCAR), Fayette-Star’s Mill Chapter NSDAR, General Daniel Newnan Chapter NSDAR, Georgia State Society NSDAR, Hightower Trail Chapter NSDAR, James Waldrop Chapter NSDAR, Lyman Hall Chapter GASSAR, Marquis de Lafayette Chapter, GASSAR, Martha Stewart Chapter NSDAR, Ocmulgee Chapter GASSAR, Old Noonday Chapter NSDAR, Casmir Pulaski Chapter GASSAR, Robert Forsyth Chapter GASSAR.

Drury Banks descendant, Mr. Ronnie Whatley, led attendees in the singing of Amazing Grace to the accompaniment of Piper John Mortison.

The Marquis de Lafayette Chapter Militia fired a 21 gun salute which was followed by the playing of taps by Cadet Lance Corporal Cole Veal of the East Coweta High School MJROTC.

Colors were retired by the GASSAR Color Guard and the benediction was given by Compatriot Charles E. Baker. Compatriot James E. Brown led attendees in the SAR Recessional and Master of Ceremonies Winston Skinner thanked all who attended.

The Color Guard and Chapter Militia then posed for pictures and General Daniel Newnan Chapter provided refreshments in the church hall.

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