Founding Officers & Committees

Founding Officers

Chair Harold Annis
MS Consultants
Vice President Faye Gardner
Garner Chamber of Commerce
Secretary Judy Bass
Town of Garner Clerk
Treasurer Mark Berube
Progress Energy


Founding Committee Members

  • William E. Anderson, Attorney
  • Pete Ashworth ~ American Legion Post #116, VFW Post #10225, Wake County Veterans Council
  • Pat Ayscue ~ Family of a Veteran
  • Ann Barnhouse ~ Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #10225, Ladies Auxiliary
  • Thomas C. Walker ~ American Legion Post #232, Post Commander
  • Kenneth Johnson ~ American Legion Post #232
  • Terry F. Chatfield ~ American Legion Post #232
  • Mark Judson ~ Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #10225, Post Commander ~ New York Life Insurance Co., Agent
  • Barry Moore ~ American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, USO ~ Integrity Investigations
  • Warren Murphy ~ American Legion Post #232
  • Charles Scott ~ Veterans Events ~ Major General, US Army (Retired)
  • Chad Simon ~ Website ~ InternetFD.Com
  • Gra Singleton ~ Town of Garner, Council Liaison
  • Rob Smith ~ Town of Garner, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department
  • Kaye Whaley ~ Memorial Names ~ Daughters of the American Revolution & United Daughters of the Confederacy 

 In Memory of Committee Members

Raymond Barnhouse~ Committee Member from 2006 to 2007. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #10225. He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps for 22 years. Mr. Barnhouse retired as a Gunnery Sergeant and served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Mr. Barnhouse passed away on July 19, 2007, shortly after the Committee was formed.

Tom Morey ~ VFW Representative from 2010 to 2012. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #10225, Quartermaster; retired from the US Army, after serving in Vietnam, and several stateside locations; served in the local Army Reserve Center after retirement as part of their Family Support Group. Mr. Morey passed away on July 13, 2012.

Charles Everett Purser, Jr.~ Co-chair Research Committee 2009 to 2013. Served his country in the United States Air Force for 23 years. His love for history and research led to his 25 years of work with Oakwood Confederate Cemetery. His efforts led to placement of a bench in his honor with the inscription “Yet we should mark it – the soldier’s grave, ” IN MEMORY OF CHARLES E. PURSER AUTHOR, RESEARCHER AND PROTECTOR OF OAKWOOD’S CONFEDERATE CEMETERY. Mr. Purser passed away on January 22, 2013.

Advisory Members

  • Ron Smith ~ S&A Cherokee

Capital Campaign Executive Committee

  • Jay Strickland, Chair ~ WingSwept
  • Magdy Saad, Business & Community Chair ~ Saad Investments
  • Robert Williams, Civic & Community Groups
  • Warner & Mary Powell, Individual Gift Chairs ~ Powell Frame Shop

Memorial Brick Committee

  • Charles Scott, Chair ~ Major General, US Army (Retired)