Ceme­tery gets a facelift

Record Observer - - News - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­times.com

CH­ESTER — Davey Tree Ser­vice, un­der the di­rec­tion of ar­borist John Blake, re­cently per­formed a “day of ser­vice” at the more than 130-year old Kings­ley (Methodist Church) Ceme­tery lo­cated at the cor­ner of Do­min­ion Road and Good­hand Creek Road in Ch­ester. Davey Tree Ser­vice pro­vided the ser­vice for free. In re­cent years, the com­pany has cho­sen to pro­vide its ex­per­tise in tree care needs to one lo­cal park per year, free, and this year the ceme­tery that was sorely in need re­ceived it. There are five very large red oak trees on the ceme­tery grounds, one of which Blake said “is more than 200 years old.” All the trees were pruned.

The site of the for­mer Kings­ley Methodist Church (1886-1963), where the first recorded per­son in 1870 was buried in what be­came Kings­ley Ceme­tery, is part of the de­tailed his­tory of Kent Is­land. Linda Sev­era Col­lier, who grew up a mem­ber of the Kings­ley con­gre­ga­tion, is to­day the care­taker of the ceme­tery along with her hus­band, Butch Col­lier. The two live less than a mile from the for­mer church.

Linda said, “I have never lived more than a mile from here in the places I have lived all my life.” The Kings­ley site has a very spe­cial mean­ing to Linda. She has many fond mem­o­ries of the small church build­ing that she grew up in, at­tend­ing Sun­day School and many other mean­ing­ful church re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties.

Col­lier had bit­ter­sweet mem­o­ries of when Kings­ley Church closed in 1963, Col­lier said, “It was a sad day when the lit­tle church that was filled with so much love was torn down and just the ceme­tery was left.” The Kings­ley con­gre­ga­tion con­sol­i­dated with two other Methodist churches, Do­min­ion and Trin­ity Downs, also on Kent Is­land to form Kent Is­land United Methodist Church, lo­cated to­day just off Route 50 at Cox Neck Road in Ch­ester.

The Col­liers are also very ac­tive mem­bers of the Kent Is­land Her­itage So­ci­ety. Linda has served as do­cent for the James Kir­wan House and Mu­seum for many years. She and Butch have played in­stru­men­tal roles in the restora­tion of the Kir­wan house, mu­seum and ac­com­pa­ny­ing grounds once owned by the for­mer Mary­land state se­na­tor who had a ma­jor im­pact on the his­tory of Kent Is­land 100-years ago.

Linda Col­lier said, “We are truly grate­ful to Davey Tree Ser­vice for prun­ing the trees and car­ry­ing the limbs away and spruc­ing up the grounds.” Col­lier also noted that KIUMC over­sees that the ceme­tery and its grounds are cared for.

Davey Tree Ser­vice, of Cor­dova, can be reached for a full ac­count­ing of their ser­vices at 410-822-3220.

Davey Tree Ser­vice pro­vided a free tree prun­ing re­cently at the Kings­ley Ceme­tery in Ch­ester. Here one of the Davey work­ers is trim­ming limbs of one of the 200-year-old red oak trees on the ceme­tery grounds.

PHO­TOS BY DOUG BISHOP

Davey Tree Ser­vice Ar­borist John Blake, left, with Kings­ley Ceme­tery care­taker Linda Col­lier of Ch­ester. Davey re­cently pro­vided a free prun­ing of the large red oak trees on the ceme­tery grounds. Some of the trees are more than 200 years old.

The marker of the Kings­ley Methodist Church Ceme­tery, lo­cated at the cor­ner of Good­hands Creek Road, and Do­min­ion Road in Ch­ester. The for­mer Kings­ley church closed in 1963 and was torn down as three dif­fer­ent Methodist church con­gre­ga­tions merged to form Kent Is­land United Methodist Church. KIUMC over­sees the care of the ceme­tery.

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