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Crepe myrtles beautify Fairview Cemetery

By By SHERRY DIGMON
Advance Staff Writer
John Watkins envisions how the cemetery will look in the spring when the newly planted crepe myrtles leaf out and soften the area around Fairview Cemetery.
For Watkins, the work is a tribute to the people buried there – his own and others.
As a member of the Atmore City Council, Watkins has had discretionary funds available to him. He chose to use those funds to purchase 50 crepe myrtles and entrance markers for the cemetery which is located at the end of Harris Street.
The crepe myrtles are on two sides of the cemetery. The other
two sides had become an illegal dumping ground, but the city has cleaned up the area.
Three cemeteries actually made up the city cemetery at the end of Harris Street.
Lucious is the oldest. Immediately north of Lucious is Stallworth. Directly across the street from Lucious is Fairview. Watkins said he believes the cemetery is technically known as Lucious Cemetery with Stallworth and Fairview being sections or divisions of Lucious.