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Vance, Johnson pass on North Shore leadership after 43 years

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North Shore Association


Sunday May 19, 2019, was a bitter sweet Decoration at Cable Cemetery across Fontana Lake. Helen Cable Vance and Mildred Cable Johnson, started a journey that began here 43 years ago with the formation of the North Shore Cemetery and Historical Association. They began the daunting task of gaining access and preserving 26 cemeteries on the North Shore of Fontana Lake. 

Original officers were Helen, Mildred, Eleanor Cable Rhinehart and Leeunah Vance Woods. 

Today, that journey came to a closure for them as the torch was handed over to Henry Chambers. Without their work for the past 43 years, we would not have access and preservation of the 26 cemeteries as they were slated to be put in wilderness and let disappear, making it appear that no one had ever lived in the area. 

Henry has a great love for the North Shore as his family are also from the area. He will continue working with the Great Smoky Mountain National Park on behalf of the North Shore Cemetery Association. 

It is sort of ironic that Helen and Mildred worked 43 years for fulfillment of the 1943 Agreement beginning and ending with a Decoration at their family cemetery, Cable Cemetery. 

Thanks ladies for your dedication, inspiration, foresight, perseverance, love of the area and example you have set for all of us. We will always remember you as our wonderful pioneers of the movement to preserve the history of the Hazel Creek- Fontana area. 

We as former families will always be grateful for your work and leadership. Love to you both and best wishes on 43 more years of leadership to Henry.  

Smoky Mountain Times

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