Bear Creek Cemetery - Collin County, Texas

Established 1873

Historical Marker Dedication Ceremony

We held a Dedication Ceremony on October 20, 2007. The ceremony was very well-attended. Over 80 people came, from as far away as California, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Lubbock, and Houston, as well as all parts of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and surrounding counties.

In additions to the program and pictures below, there is a slide show here.

Program

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The Bear Creek Cemetery Foundation
presents the
Texas Historical Marker
for Bear Creek Cemetery
of Collin County, Texas
Saturday
October 20, 2007
4:00 p.m.

Presentation of ColorsBoy Scouts
Opening GreetingLolisa Laenger
PrayerClint Bratcher
Special MusicSue Webb Lawson
History of Empire CommunityEarl Price
Recognition of SCOREBob Sander-Cederlof
Unveiling of MarkerBecky Sander-Cederlof & Becky Yeager
Reading of InscriptionDavid Stanfield
Closing “Taps” (Recorded)
ReceptionJoAnn Brockman Werner,
Betty Brockman Tyler & Tami Brockman Womack
Bear Creek Cemetery Foundation Officers
PresidentJoAnn Brockman Werner
Vice PresidentBecky Yeager
Secretary/TreasurerBecky Sander-Cederlof
DirectorsEarl Price, Bob Sander-Cederlof, Mike Turner,
James Turner, Betty Brockman Tyler, Tami Brockman Womack

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Pictures of the Ceremony

Lolisa Laenger opens the ceremony. Click to see larger image. Jim Murray introducing Masons. Click to see larger image. Earl Price reading history. Click to see larger image.

Lolisa Laenger opens the ceremony. She is Chair of the Collin County Historical Commission and curator of the Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano.

Jim Murrray, of Empire Lodge #586, introducing other Masons in attendance. Earl Price, who will speak about the history of the Empire community and Bear Creek Cemetery.

Earl Price, speaking on the history of the Empire community and Bear Creek Cemetery. Bob Sander-Cederlof, helping with the page turning.

Unveiling of the marker. Click to see larger image. Becky Sander-Cederlof and Becky Yeager. Click to see larger image. David Stanfield and Earl Price. Click to see larger image.

Becky Sander-Cederlof and Becky Yeager unveil the marker.

Becky Sander-Cederlof and Becky Yeager with the marker.

David Stanfield and Earl Price

David Stanfield reading the inscription. Click to see larger image. Boy Scouts from Troop 327. Click to see larger image. Masons from Empire Lodge 586. Click to see larger image.

David Stanfield reading the inscription.

Boy Scouts of troop 327 in Nevada, Texas,
and their leader, who presented and retired the flags for the ceremony.

Members of Empire Lodge 586 who attended the ceremony.

Full-size Pictures

Click to see thumbnails.

Lolisa Laenger opens the ceremony.
She is Chair of the Collin County Historical Commission
and curator of the Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano.

Click to see thumbnails.

Jim Murrray, of Empire Lodge #586, introducing other Masons in attendance.
Earl Price, who will speak about the history of the Empire community and Bear Creek Cemetery.

Click to see thumbnails.

Earl Price, speaking on the history of the Empire community and Bear Creek Cemetery. Bob Sander-Cederlof, helping with the page turning.

Click to see thumbnails.

Becky Sander-Cederlof and Becky Yeager unveil the marker.

Click to see thumbnails.

Becky Sander-Cederlof and Becky Yeager with the marker.

Click to see thumbnails.

David Stanfield and Earl Price.

Click to see thumbnails.

David Stanfield reading the inscription.

Click to see thumbnails.

Boy Scouts of troop 327 in Nevada, Texas,
and their leader, who presented and retired the flags for the ceremony.

Click to see thumbnails.

Members of Empire Lodge 586 who attended the ceremony.