Our Cemetery

St Marks parish Building Committee recommended development of a cemetery in September 1992. The following month, Father Gilly, the pastor, accepted the recommendation, requested and received permission from the Bishop which was granted on 30 November 1992.

A Cemetery Committee was formed by the pastor in January 1993 to plan, design, organize, and oversee the development of the cemetery, and after its development to establish rules, regulations, initiate contracts, keep necessary financial records and supervise its operation.

In January 1994 volunteer work crews from the parish began the arduous task of clearing the land and laying out and marking the plots. By June 1, 1994, work was completed and the Most Rev. David B. Thompson, Bishop of Charleston, while visiting the parish to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation, inspected and approved the cemetery.

The cemetery, developed on the “Z” shaped acre of land behind the rectory and Regnery Hall, has an initial capacity for 188 grave sites. A columbarium is in future plans. It is enclosed by cyclone and wrought iron fences except for a strip of land connecting the cemetery with Burton Street between the Caldwell home and the railroad.

Future plans envisage a foot path around the outer edge of the cemetery, benches, plaques inscribed with the Mysteries of the Rosary, and the columbarium at the south-end of the lot.

Operation of the cemetery is under the auspices of the Parish Cemetery Committee.