So, you may be thinking to yourself,
“If you have already raised the money to put Dabbs Greer’s death date on his head stone, why do you want to keep raising money to have a bench or memorial too?”
I will answer that question in a minute, but first, some exciting news!
On Friday July 25, 2014 at 5:10 p.m. at Peace Valley Cemetery in Anderson, Missouri the death date was placed on the headstone of Actor Dabbs Greer parents. This took place seven years after his passing. The date was placed on the headstone by Kodi Keene, son in law, to the owners of Premier Memorial. His wife, Crystal, their daughter, Kaydance and myself were present for the event.
The Keene’s were there when I arrived with their equipment ready to place the date. Glue was placed over the sight where the date was to be placed, then a stencil was placed over the glue. Everything was measured for correct placement, stencil material was glued below the date then hammered so there were no air bubbles,or sand to get below the stencil. Then the sand blasting began. The comma needed a little tweeking, so a little more blasting took place, then the death date was neatly and nicely in place. It was a 25 minute process. Thank you, Premier Memorial, for a job well done!
Now, back to your question, the reason the memorial matters to me, is because the headstone that has William Robert Dabbs Greer’s birth and death date on it, is actually the back of the headstone which he purchased for his parents in the 1980’s.
The fact that he does not have his own headstone is what has motivated me to put up a memorial.
Recently, a couple here in Grandma’s Attic, was wondering why the cast who worked with him on “Gunsmoke” had not come to the aid on this concern? They recounted memorials raised in honor of the characters of Gunsmoke. They started considering each person; James Arness, passed on June 3, 2011, Amanda Blake on August 16, 1989, Milburn Stone on June 12, 1980, and Ken Curtis, April 28, 1991. It seems the people from “Gunsmoke” are not around at this time.
James Arness, “Matt”, has his own toy, Amanda Blake “Miss Kitty” has a memorial wildlife refuge named after her, Milburn Stone, “Doc” has a Gary Hawk Painting from 1975, and Ken Curtis, “Festus Haggen” has a statue at the Fresno Educational credit union, and Dabbs Greer has The Town Hole park in Anderson, Missouri. The only real difference is that Dabbs Greer does NOT have a headstone of his own.
Another customer suggested contacting the Actor’s Guild. We have been contacted them, but they are not answering e-mails until September, so now we wait.
Any help you can give toward a memorial for Dabbs Greer would be greatly appreciated!
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-The GA Gang