$100,000 gifts left to church, local cemetery

By CHARLES PEARL State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Frankfort Cemetery and Lebanon Baptist Church in Franklin County recently received $100,000 gifts from the estate of Naomi Christopher McGuire.

McGuire, 80, of 1150 Dry Ridge Road, died Nov. 3, 2002, at her home after a long illness. She was the widow of Thomas D. "Mickey" McGuire. They owned and operated Mickey McGuire Garbage Service for 33 years, and sold land to what is now Benson Valley Area Landfill in Franklin County.

Jim Richardson, superintendent of Frankfort Cemetery, said the $100,000 was "totally unexpected and a very nice gesture." Frankfort Cemetery is a nonprofit organization and any donations are tax deductible, he said.

The last large bequest to the cemetery, around $30,000, came about 10 years ago, Richardson said.

"This doesn't happen too often," he said. "Through the years, we've received some donations but nothing as significant as this. The money will go into a fund used exclusively for the upkeep and maintenance of the cemetery, as all our funds are."

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