Camp Wheeler's Next Meeting is on
Tuesday, March 11th, at 7:30pm!
Our Guest Speaker will be Mr. D. Evan Castle.
In addition to being the founder of Co. B, 3rd Regiment, Confederate
Engineers reenacting company Mr. Castle attended the U.S. Army
Topographic Surveying School in Ft. Belvoir, Virginia and spent forty
years as a surveyor, the last twenty as a Registered Land Surveyor.
He is the owner of Confederate Surveying Associates, Inc. in Monroe, Georgia and is a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the Military Order of Stars and Bars and the Sons of Confederate Veterans Mechanized Cavalry. Also as mentioned in the front page article, Mr. Castle’s subject will be “Jed Hotchkiss,
Stonewall Jackson’s Mapper.
This will be a very interesting program and a good one to bring potential members.
Middlebrooks Family Cemetery Work Detail - Saturday, March 1st
Everyone showed up around 8am on a chilly morning to begin work. As the markers were being installed, Commander Underwood performed some chemical cleaning on the existing grave markers with a bio-degradeable solution designed to remove black and green moss from monuments.
At the end of the day all 100 markers had been installed and it was a very productive work session. It turns out Jerry needs to make an additional markers to mark 20 additional graves.
The Middlebrooks Family Cemetery has been an on-going project for Camp Wheeler going on for over three years now. It is a project that the Camp has deeply invested in and is the source of a lot of pride for the camp and our compatriots. You can read more about the cemetery at this page by clicking here.
is now available online!
If you have not received your copy directly, it is now available here on the Camp web site from the Newsletter section web page.
Person and Compatriot of 2013
Compatriot of the Year - Larry Cornwell
When we began the project, after the overgrowth from the cemetery had been removed, this is how the rock wall looked.
Person of the Year - Mrs. Cassie Barrow
If you have not visited Nash Farm Battlefield, you really should make plans to do so. It is a truly magnicifent space and the museum building is beyond words. While it was a true team effort, Mrs. Barrow was and is certainly instrumental in making this great memorial what it is today.
At Our December Meeting
The first bit of business was the nominations for Person and Compatriots of the year. No additional nominations were added to those that were posted below. Camp Wheeler Compatriots then cast thier votes via secret ballot. The results will be announced at the annual Lee-Jackson Dinner in January.
Speaking of the dinner, our plans were formalized for the dinner. It was suggested and approved that our dinner be catered by Hogs, Hens, & Heifers. This is a relatively new restaurant located at 1191 Irwin Bridge Rd in Conyers that Commander Underwood and others have visited and found themselves to be repeat customers due to their most excellent cuisine.
Compatriots are asked to bring a bottle of soda or some other non-alcoholic drink to share. Compatriots that were in attendance made note of what they plan to bring to the dinner. They will be reminded of those contributions prior to the dinner.
As the meeting drew to an end, Tommy reminded us that this time next year, we will be casting votes for our next group of commanding officers. Tommy told us that Commander Underwood has stated that he does not intend to run for a third term as our Commander and he alluded that others that are currently serving the camp also may not run for the same offices again. This creates the need for compatriots in the camp to consider to step up and place their hat in the ring for our new command staff. Tommy urged all our members to seriously consider this call to arms to help continue the fine work of our current command staff.
That concluded Camp Wheeler's business for 2013.
By Commander Joe Underwood
Nominations were opened for Person of the Year and Compatriot or the Year and so far here are your nominees:
Person of the Year
Mr. Mark Lemon
For publishing his Great Great Grandfather Captain James Lile Lemon’s memoirs “Feed Them the Steel” and keeping this first hand knowledge of the War of Northern Aggression alive.
Mrs. Cassie Barrow
Lt. CiC Kelly Barrow’s wife, for her work with Nash Farm Battlefield and keeping that history alive.
Compatriot of the Year
Second Lieutenant Commander Jerry New
For his leadership and hard work producing grave markers for the recently discovered unknown graves at the Middlebrooks Family Cemetery.
Adjutant Steve Camp
For his continued work keeping our camp records in good order and his volunteering on many other camp projects.
Compatriot Larry Cornwell
For his countless hours of volunteer work restoring the rock wall at Middlebrooks Cemetery.
Nominations will remain open until our December 10th membership meeting. If you have a name to add we will accept nominations until then. Be thinking about your choice and be plan to attend our December meeting to cast your vote.
Commander Jeffares Ray Bailey
Below is the obituary that was posted by the Turner Funeral Home, it was revised for date and time relevence.
Jeffares Ray Bailey, age 63, of Loganville, left this world on the evening of Thursday, September 12, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. A native Atlantan, He was born on March 8, 1950, to Mildred Jeffares Bailey and James August Bailey, Sr. He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Donna B. Bailey of Loganville; daughter and son-in-law, Carrie and Andrew Phillips of Bethlehem; daughter, Kathy Bailey of Milledgeville; sister and brother-in-law, Janice and Edward Tormey of Glen Haven, Florida, brother and sister-in-law, James and Connie Bailey of Walnut Grove; mother-in-law, Janelle Bailey of Snellville; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Cindy and Charles Kiker of Palmetto; brother-in-law, Frank Bailey of Snellville; niece, Tracy Tormey of Dacula; nephew and niece, Brian and Jennifer Tormey of Lawrenceville; nephew, Charles Kiker of Palmetto; great niece, Brittany Taylor of Dacula; great niece and nephew, Morgan and Charlie Tormey of Lawrenceville.
Mr. Bailey retired from J.A. Bailey and Sons Hardware Co. He was a Past Worshipful Master of Pythagoras Lodge No. 41, F. & A. M. He was the Past Worthy Patron of Decatur Chapter #148, Order of the Eastern Star. He was the commander of The Confederate Memorial Camp No. 1432, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Stone Mountain, Georgia. He was a member of John B. Gordon MOS&B and the Civil War Roundtable. Jeff was a loving and devoted husband, father and brother.
The family received friends Sunday, September 15, 2013 at the funeral home. A funeral service to celebrate the life of Jeffares Ray Bailey was held Monday, September 16, 2013 at A.S. Turner & Sons Decatur chapel, with Rev. Jim Cabaniss officiating preceded by a Masonic Ceremony at A.S. Turner & Sons. Interment followed at Crest Lawn Cemetery,located at 2000 Marietta Blvd. N. W. in Atlanta. Commander Bailey's Pallbearers were Richard Daniel, David Floyd, Miles Jackson, Ben Moon, Steve Tobelman and Timothy Turner. Honorary Pallbearers were Philip Autrey, Dale Bartlett, Dennis Elm, Ben Kelley, Bill Murphy and Richard Straut.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Confederate Memorial Camp No. 1432, Sons of Confederate Veterans cemetery restoration fund; address: Philip Autrey, 416 Candler Street; Atlanta, GA 30307-2036.
It's that time again,
Membership Fees are now due!
Nothing's more certain than death, taxes, and dues! Well, its that time again and your SCV dues are now payable for the 2014 calendar year. As it has been, SCV headquarters has mailed out the annual invoice for National, Divisional, and our Encampment dues at the end of July.
We request that you submit your dues to our Camp Adjutant, Steve Camp, within the next two months so he can send in our dues to the powers that be some time in October.
As you may well know, Camp Wheeler operated with a very modest budget and operating overhead. We are not a huge group by any means so each dues submission is very welcome and much-needed.
Thank you in advance for renewing your dues for 2014!
Camp Wheeler's August Membership Meeting
August's Membership Meeting featured a very special guest speaker, SCV Compatriot, Mr. Wayne Jones who will be speaking to us as Major-General J.E.B. Stuart. Below is a short biography of Mr. Jones.
Wayne is a retired Senior NCO with the US Army. After his retirement in 1990, he started a very successful business in the Golf Industry. He worked as the Eastern Operations and Production Manager for Scenic Golf International until 2006. He worked with many public and non profit organizations promoting themselves through video media and golf tournaments. He worked with many different businesses in their marketing and management services. In 2006, he closed his business and retired.He has done extensive research and study on the Life and Times of Major General James Ewell Brown Stuart. He now travels and presents his personal observations, thoughts, and understandings of General Stuart at Living History Presentations. He is available to schools, living history presentations, and other similar community organizations as he continues to teach and preserve his true Southern Heritage to a new generation. He is an active SCV member and has held positions of Camp Commander, Adjutant, Quartermaster, Judge Advocate, and 3rd Lieutenant Commander. He is currently the 5th Brigade Commander for the SC Division. He has been awarded numerous awards from the SCV including two Distinguished Service Medals for his work and Support. In 2010, he was awarded the General Robert E. Lee Meritorious Service Award from the group Our Reflections of Yesterday.
He is part of a larger organization that has been known as the “Voices of the
Past” and the group talkingIn addition, Wayne published "Ten Minutes of Blind
Confusion - The Battle of Aiken" in January 2012. This book about the battle of
Akin, South Carolina puts Maj. Gen. Hugh J. Kilpatrick against Maj. Gen. Joseph
Wheeler which gives it a special interest to us. Copies of his book will be available at the meeting.
This was one meeting that was very well attended. Mr. Jones enthralled us for well over ninety minutes as he regailed us with the life experiences of Gen. Stuart in the first person. It was simply amazing and you quickly got lost into thinking the great general was indeed in our presence.
Camp Wheeler is in the News!
See the article about our work on the Middlebrooks Family Cemetery in the Rockdale Citizen Newspaper by clicking here!!!
Camp Wheeler Compatriot
James "Jimmy" Moore Passes
Commander Underwood is saddened to have to inform the Camp that our Compatriot James H. "Jimmy" Moore unexpectedly passed away from a massive heart attack this past Saturday, June 1st. We are going to miss James’ presents at our meetings and his vast knowledge of history. Our prayers go out to James’ family and friends.
Jimmy was a graduate of Avondale High School Class of 1965. He received a Bachelor's Degree in History at GA State University. His interests were genealogy, politics, the Civil War, and studying the Bible. He was a dedicated, wonderful and loving son and cousin. He was a member of the "Sons of Confederate Veterans". He loved his church family and was very involved at Conyers First United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by parents, Harold & Elizabeth Moore, Sr. and his aunt and uncle, Oscar and Betty Cook. He is survived by cousins, Cherrene McCarthy, Kimberlea and Chaz Moore, Tommy and Jeannie Silvey and Jane Coburn and family. Jimmy was 65 at the time of his passing.
Funeral Services will be held Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Scot Ward's Green Meadow Chapel with Dr. John Beyers officiating; interment will follow at Dawn Memorial Park, 4685 Glenwood Road, Decatur, GA 30033. Lunch and a reception will be held prior to the service from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at Conyers First United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make contributions to Conyers First United Methodist Church, 921 North Main Street, Conyers, GA 30012. Scot Ward Funeral Services, 699 American Legion Rd., Conyers, GA 30012, 770-483-7216.
Middlebrooks Family Cemetery Mapping Project
is now Complete!
Georgia Vehicle Tag Changes
I've been driving around in a 25 year-old Audi and I'm afraid it is at a point that I needed to consider getting something else to drive. As Fate would have it, I decided to purchase a 1999 Ford Explorer Sport (2-Door) from a young man in Loganville.
As many know, there have been major changes in our car and truck registration laws, some of which you probably heard of, others you may have not. I want to pass on my experiences and what I learned to my SCV brothers.
First off, very quietly a new law want into effect in 2012 that has changed the time you have to register your vehicle. Prior to this, you had 30 days, but now if you purchase a car from a dealership, you and the dealer have 30 days to complete the registration process. The big change is if you purchase a car from a private individual, you now have a very short 7 day period to get it registered!
The biggest change is the elimination of the Ad Valorem Tax. It is being replaced by a one-time "sales tax". Vehicles purchased prior to March 2012 you continue to pay Ad Valorem tax until you no longer own the vehicle. If you purchased a vehicle prior to March 2012 and before December 31, 2012 you have the option to either continue paying the old-style Ad Valorem Tax or pay a one-time sales tax of 6.5% of either the sale price or the NADA value placed on the car. Vehicles purchased after December 31,2012 pay the 6.5% sale tax as described.
Once you pay the one-time Sales Tax, you only have to pay an annual renewal fee of $25, plus any additional fee for a designer tag such as a Vanity Tag or SCV Tag. If you are still paying Ad Valorem, this is in addition to that tax.
The way I understand it, if you purchase a vehicle from a dealership, you pay the tax based on the final sale price of the vehicle. If you purchase the vehicle from a private individual, they base the tax on the NADA value.
While this sounds fair and reasonable it is far from a perfect system. While most people own vehicles newer than 12 years old, those vehicles are fairly valued. The problem comes when you begin to deal with vehicles that are considered to be classic or collectable cars. The problem is that placing a value on these vehicles is purely speculative and can fluxuate wildly based on the whims of the collectible and classic marketplace.
I recently purchased a 1980 Triumph TR8 as a restoration project. I paid $1,500 for the car and it's missing the engine and transmission. When I inquired about its registration, I was told that NADA placed a value on the car of between $9,000 and $13,000. The minimum I would have to pay to get the car titled was about $650!
I have been involved in British Sports Cars for over 30 years. I am very familiar with the marketplace for these cars. They sold new for $11,500 and yes, they are very rare as only 2,700 were ever made. But this car is in need of a total restoration and does not have its powertrain, yet NADA and through it the State still feels it's worth more than it was sold for new. I have a friend that has a running TR8 that is nearly identical to how I wish my restoration project to be like when complete. His car has been on the market for two years at $6,500 and he has yet to find a serious buyer.
In another example, I have a friend who wishes to buy a 1984 Chevrolet El Camino. He has found several examples in fair to good condition by private owners going for about $3,200. Yet the State values these cars to be worth nearly $8,000 which makes the sales tax run around $500.
Fortunately for me, there is a loophole I can take advantage of. Vehicles older than 1986 do not require tags, so if I present a bill of sale, I can get the car tagged and road legal for a mere $20. I will then, put the old title (still in the previous owner's name) in my records with my bill of sale and quietly go about my business. But this shows how severely this current system is flawed.
Now for something more directly related to the SCV, I decided to put a Sons of Confederate Veterans License Tag on the Explorer. In the past, there was a one-time fee of about 30-40 dollars in addition to the annual tag fee. Well, brothers, this has increased to a whopping $60. With the annual tag fee, this totals out at $80!!!
I got on the Internet and checked with the State to see about this high amount of money. "Of the Initial $80 fees collected for the issuance of these tags, the fees shall be distributed as follows:
$20 Annual License Reg. Fee
$1 to the County Tag Agent
$10 to Sponsoring Organization
$49 to State of Georgia General Treasury"
When it comes time to renew the next year, there will be a $55 charge for renewal. "Of the $55 Annual Renewal fees, the fees shall be distributed as follows:
$20 Annual License Reg. Fee
$10 to Sponsoring Organization
$25 to State of Georgia General Treasury"
This does not include any Ad Valorem Tax should you vehicle still be charged that tax.
Therefore, when you purchase an SCV Tag, of the $80, $10 will be placed in the SCV Tag Fund. When you renew each year, an additional $10 returns to the Georgia SCV Tag Fund.
Yes, that's a lot of money to spend for a tag, but I decided to go ahead and purchase the tag. Ten dollars still goes into the fund the Georgia Battalion controls and that money is well-used to help preserve, memorialize, and maintain the resting places of our Confederate Ancestors. So please do as I have done and seriously consider purchasing an SCV vehicle tag for at least one of your vehicles!
Restoration Work Party
Saturday, April 27, 2013
We will return to the Meadors’ Cemetery Restoration to continue our work on Saturday April 27th, 2013 at 8:00 am. We got a lot of work done at our first session but more remains to be done.
This cemetery (also known as Anderson cemetery or Grant Store cemetery) is located on County Highway 213 just off of US Highway 36 south of Covington. Going out of Covington on Hwy. 36 toward Jackson Hwy. 213 is about ¾ mile past the Covington Bypass on the left. Turn left on to 213 and the cemetery will be about a tenth of a mile on the right.
You will see Cleary Enterprises on the right. We have permission to park on their property however when you enter their driveway go past the House on the right, past their equipment to the smaller building in the back. Park back there close to this “Garage Type” building and be sure not to block any driveway or equipment.
Bring chain saws, clippers and any brush clearing tools you may have. Most of what needs clearing are small (15 to 20’ tall) pine trees but there is some smaller brush, vines etc. around the edges. String trimmers for grass etc. are not needed at this point but if anyone has a gas trimmer with a metal blade for small bushes it would be useful.
Pam New Passing
Commander Underwood reports that the funeral service for Pam was held on Saturday, February 9, 2013, with a visitation prior to the service at the Jersey United Methodist Church in Jersey, Georgia. The memorial service was well attended with an overflow group in attendance.
At Camp Wheeler's
January 2013 Membership Meeting
By Hal Doby, January 10, 2013
It is our tradition that our January Membership Meeting is our annual Lee-Jackson dinner, recognizing the birthdays of General's Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. This year marked the 25th anniversary of Camp Wheeler's annual dinner.
This year, the camp chose to have our dinner catered by the fine people at Folk's Restaurant of Conyers. We were served fried chicken with all the fixin's you could ask for along with several great desserts prepared by some of our compatriots and their wives. Around 40 were in attendance of the dinner, which was a very good turnout.
As the evening began, First Lieutenant Tommy Cook made some fine opening remarks about the significance of the occasion. This was followed by Commander Joe Underwood welcoming everyone and recognizing several guests that were in attendance, but there was one whose presence was missed due to terrible circumstances.
Camp Wheeler was using the occasion to make the announcement that after almost 18 months of fundraising, we have reached our goal of raising $1850.00 in order to have the formal survey of the Middlebrooks Family Cemetery. We had invited Ms. Debbie Autry a member of the Middlebrooks family to be in attendance, which she accepted. As she was about to leave the school she works at, she got a call to inform her that her home was on fire. Later, we were informed her home was a total loss. Our deepest sympathies go out to Ms. Autry for this devastating loss.
The program continued with the announcement of Camp Wheeler's 2012 Compatriot of the Year and Person of the Year. To my surprise, the Compatriot of the Year was myself, Hal Doby for my services to the club as its Web Master. I was truly surprised and honored for this and I cannot thank my compatriots for this accolade.
The Person of the Year was Mr. Mark Pollard who lead the campaign to save and preserve the Nash Farm Battlefield in Newton County. As it was with me, Mr. Pollard was truly surprised and humbled by the honor.
Once the awards were in hand, the program moved on to the true reason we were all there, FOOD!!! The meal was enjoyed by all! As we moved onto dessert, we began our guest speaker portion of the evening. Our speaker was Mr. Len Strozier who is going to perform the survey of the Middlebrooks Family Cemetery. He explained why this is important not only to us, but to him as well and what will be involved in the survey. He told us he plans to perform the survey in mid to late February and invited us all to come out and see the work take place.
Finally, First Lieutenant Tommy Cook, made a quick presentation of a desk set to Commander Underwood to show the Camp's appreciation of his tenure as our Commander for the past two years.
It was a fine evening and all seemed to have a grand time. I hope you make plans now to join us in February for a regular membership meeting.