Vinton–Mountain View Cemetery in Vinton is under new management and ownership after being purchased by Evergreen Memorial Trust of Roanoke.
Workers have put the finishing touches on a new perimeter fence for the site, the first in the century old property’s existence. Next up is a complete renovation of the fieldstone cottage which was initially a chapel in the 1930’s, but has served as the office for years. At one time the cemetery office was located in downtown Vinton.
Workers from Viking Fence of Vinton recently completed construction of a new fence at Mountain ViewCemetery, now owned by Evergreen Memorial Trust.
Evergreen, which has operated cemeteries in the RoanokeValley since 1916, bought the 30-acre Vinton cemetery after its current owner, Hilda Basham, decided to retire. The cemetery is currently about one quarter occupied.
Evergreen already owns and operates cemeteries in Roanoke, Boones Mill and Buena Vista, including EvergreenBurialPark, Mountain ViewMemorial Park, Forest Rest and Green Hill Mausoleum.
“Mountain View was a good fit for our company,” said Donald Wilson, president of Evergreen. “It’s a family-owned traditional monument type cemetery like our others.”
Located on the original property of Cornelius Ruddell, a member of one of Vinton’s founding families, the cemetery was first owned by J. H. Upson family. Vinton’s largest cemetery, it was founded in the 1800’s. It is the final resting place for many of Vinton’s most prominent citizens.
According to Karla Turman, Associate Planner for the Town of Vinton, the earliest grave in the cemetery is that of Annie “Little Annie” Booth, who born on August 6, 1872 and passed away on March 8, 1874.
The new fence, constructed by Viking Fence Company of Vinton, runs along the cemetery property line westward on Ruddell Road to the intersection of Mountain View Road, then north on Mountain View to Olney Road.
The office has been completely gutted and is being renovated by Roanoke’s Cornerstone Builders, Inc., who expect to wrap up the project in April.
Cornerstone Builders, Inc., of Roanoke are renovating the fieldstone office at Mountain ViewCemetery and expect to complete the project in April.
Mountain View’s Family Service Counselor, Sandy Feazell, is currently working out of a temporary office near the maintenance area. She says she can’t wait to move back in to the modernized
office, which hasn’t seen much change in the more than twenty years she has worked there with her mother, Hilda Basham.
“I love what I do, and I love being here,” said Feazell, one of four workers at Mountain View, including three grounds workers. Feazell is well-known to area residents as a comforting presence in times of grief.
Wilson has no plans to gate the cemetery and encourages
neighbors who stroll the lanes for exercise to continue.
“The fence was added to improve the appearance and security of the cemetery,” said Wilson.