FlowerFest 2015: the Lawton Folks at Black Swamp Baptist Church

Can you believe it? We’re at the end of our FlowerFest, even though  we actually finished it on December 9, 2015. I get the blues at Christmas. I probably should finish sending out my Christmas cards, since tomorrow is New Year’s Eve. 

So before I finish the photos, I’ll say that Sugar and I were talking about all the planning and activity that’s involved in a FlowerFest, and I mentioned how all the photos I have of him show him acting with purpose. Deliberately striding. Carefully digging. Turning the poinsettias to their best angle. He agreed that our ritual has purpose, especially to him, because it’s an offering of peace and reconciliation. We don’t know half the people we leave flowers for. We only know OF them because of family history. 

Now to Black Swamp Baptist, which is now known as Robertville Baptist. It’s on Highway 321 on the south side of the Black Swamp, which is written one word – Blackswamp – on some of the early tombstones. 

  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
We meet up with another do-gooder, but we don’t know who it is. Someone has placed a stone for Capt. William Lawton’s third wife, Mary Stone Grimball Lawton Fickling. At this past summer’s reunion on Edisto, we saw some papers related to the inventory made after her death. 

Who did this magnificent marker? Somebody please step up and take credit. 

  
  
 

The church is behind me to my right.

 

 

Behold your Lawtons.


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Before our FlowerFest started, back in the planning stages, Sugar called his daughter in another state to see if she would put a flower at his father’s grave.  It turns out that she and her family live about 30 minutes away. 
And she did. 

  
And another generation carries the torch. 

  
 

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2 Responses to “FlowerFest 2015: the Lawton Folks at Black Swamp Baptist Church”

  1. Libby Says:

    Look at that sweet face!!!

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