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Ron Byrd - 'Cherokee Brave' Dogwood Memorial Dedication

Written by Mark Seder

dedicationparticipants900 Participants at the Ron Byrd Memorial Ceremony.

(l - r): Mark Seder, Tom Miller, Valerie Hendrix, Janie Bitner, Wanda Taylor, Charlotte Miller, Cheyenne Miller, Vicky Moya, Donna Nuchols, Madison Gallostra, Myrtle James, Leslie Byrd Moya, Sheryl Byrd Gallostra, David Allen Jr, Florence Byrd, Tyler Byrd Gallostra, Linda Lee, Scott Schehr, Theresa Schehr, Martha Frink, David Allen, Sr.

clearing pollinator garden area ron byrdRon clearing the area to start building the Pollinator Garden.February 29, 2020.

It was a cold morning but the sun shone and we had a wonderful turnout for the Memorial Dedication of the "Cherokee Brave" Dogwood for Ron Byrd who passed away August 24th, 2019.  Ron's wife Florence (member of the Tuckaleechee Garden Club and Mary Blount DAR) was in attendance as well as several family members.  Members from the Tuckaleechee Garden Club and Mary Blount DAR also came to celebrate the dedication.

Ron spent an incredible numbers hours working on the evolution of the River Walk including the development of the lower River Walk trail and the steps up to the Roadside Garden area.   I am sure that Ron did all this out of dedication to the River Walk although Florence said it was her promising to take him out for breakfast after the River Walk work was done.  All his hard work really paid off and the dedication showed what a special person he was.

The dedication was opened by Myrtle James of the Mary Blount DAR.  Charlotte Miller gave a brief history of the River Walk and Ron's work on the River Walk.  Donna Nuchols provided the group with a prayer and Ron's grandchildren took turns doing inspirational readings.  After the ceremony we all went to the the Townsend Pancake House for Brunch.

Ron's memorial tree is located on the top trail, next to the "Cherokee Princess" Dogwood that was donated by the Mary Blount DAR.  Plaques for both will be added later this year.

Enjoy some of the pictures from the dedication and stop by to view our new TRWA "Cherokee" Dogwood Grouping (An additional "Cherokee Chief" Dogwood will be added to the group later this Winter).