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Lost and Found

Posted on Friday, May 23, 2014 at 10:57 am

A most unusual item has been located that is unquestionably one-of-a-kind and possibly the only one to ever land in the lost and found category — a World War II era grave headstone.

The person who found the item wants desperately to return it to its owner.Lost and Found

While working on Tims Ford State Park property near Rock Creek boat ramp recently, Tims Ford State Park maintenance worker Wendell Carter paused to take a second look to be sure he was actually seeing what he thought he was seeing.

“I saw a headstone in the ditch by the water inscribed with the name, ‘Leroy M. Tay-lor PVT US Army World War II,’” Carter said. “I know TVA moved a lot of gravesites when they made the lake and maybe it’s one that was moved and they may have already sup-plied another headstone.

“Or it might be an act of vandalism — I don’t know how it could have landed there by the lake.”

Carter said he believes there’s got to be someone in the area who knows about the headstone and he wants to get the word out.

“I just want to get it back in its rightful place. There might be a family out there who sees it in the newspaper and says, ‘Hey that’s my father or my grandfather,” Carter said.

Anyone with information about the headstone that could get it back to its rightful owner should contact the Tims Ford State Park office at 962-1183.