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Cemetery Project Needs Your Help!

The Cemetery Records of Johnston County were compiled between 1975 and 1982 and published as a seven-volume set of books. Despite that effort, many cemeteries were missed in this first attempt of documenting the gravesites of our ancestors. The North Carolina State Archives is now encouraging every county in the state to complete and update records and to keep this as an ongoing project. The Johnston County Heritage Center and the Johnston County Genealogical and Historical Society are directing the local effort. Numerous church, family, and community cemeteries need to be surveyed for the first time. Others need to be revisited for changes made since the 1982 survey. If you can help with this project, call the Johnston County Heritage Center at (919) 934-2836 or e-mail We'll give you instructions on how to survey and document this genealogical information, including how to identify unmarked graves and read tombstones. Participants will be given credit for their work in the new compilation.

Other Ways You Can Help Us

The Johnston County Heritage Center operates as a department of County Government, funded by the taxpayers of Johnston County. Even so, we still call on individual citizens to help us with donations of historical materials, their time as volunteers, and their money as memorial donors and annual contributors.

Materials Acquisition Policy

Collection of significant artifacts of local history helps fulfill the Heritage Center’s mission of “preserving the history and material culture of Johnston County.” For purposes of this policy, “artifacts” include books, manuscripts, correspondence, reports, journals, photographs, audio-visual recordings, and other memorabilia that may be securely stored yet made accessible to the public.

The Heritage Center director will determine whether an object meets the center's collecting criteria. In evaluating the object for acceptance into the Heritage Center’s archives, the director will consider the following questions:

  • Was the object made or used in Johnston County?
  • What is the object's historical significance?
  • Is there documentation, written or oral, on the object?
  • Does the object need conservation work?
  • Does the object augment or duplicate items in existing collections?
  • What is the object's exhibit potential?
  • What impact would the object have on available storage space?
  • Is the object’s size and weight manageable by the Heritage Center’s staff?

If the object meets the criteria, the director may accept it outright or report to the Johnston County Heritage Commission for advice on whether the object should be accepted. If the object is accepted, the director will provide the donor a Deed of Gift. This legal document certifies that the object is the donor’s property and that the donor agrees to assign all rights associated with the object to the Heritage Center. When the donor signs and returns the Deed of Gift, the object becomes part of the permanent collection of the Heritage Center.

The Heritage Center does not appraise a donated item for income-tax purposes. That is the responsibility of the donor. The Heritage Center will provide a letter to the donor acknowledging receipt of the gift.

In some cases, a donor may wish to lend an object to the Heritage Center rather than make an outright donation. In that case, the donor may sign a Loan of Artifacts or Materials Agreement allowing the Heritage Center to archive and display the object until such time that the donor requests that it be returned. The Heritage Center will safeguard loaned objects in the same manner as deeded objects are secured.

Contributing Patrons

We gratefully acknowledge the following contributing patrons who have made cash donations to the Johnston County Heritage Center totaling $30,000 in 2015-2016.

DIAMOND ($1,000+)
Allegro Charitable Trust/Nan Ogburn Cullman
Dr. and Mrs. John M. Booker
Fair Fund of Triangle Community Foundation/Tom and Joy Howerton
Dr. Norman B. Grantham and Family, in memory of Hilda Peedin Grantham
Mary and David Stephens

Atkinson Milling Company
Carroll Pharmacy
Ann and Rich Huckenbeck
Denton and Jane Lee
Charles and Jenelle Moore
Jack and Claudia O’Hale
Ed and Becky Renfrow

GOLD ($250+)
Rudolph and Belle Allen
Jack and Diane Austin Jr.
Matt and Amy Dean
Grover T. Dees Sr.
JoAnne and Claud Dunn
Jerry and Mary Nell Ferguson
Edwin C. Holt, in memory of Dorothy Creech Holt, Mr. and Mrs. J. Rufus Creech
Nell Howell
David M. Huggin
Tom and Hope Humphrey
Faye W. Jones
Susan and Wingate Lassiter
David and Joyce Lee
Margaret and Joseph Maron
David and Margaret Marshall
Julia and Earl McCullers
Cliff and Joyce Mitchell
James W. Narron
Melvin J. Oliver Jr.
Mayor Don and Vicky T. Rains
Smith-Bryan Chapter, NSDAR
Jay Vinson
Gloria C. Wells
Henry and Joyce Wright

SILVER ($100+)
Kim and Emery Ashley
Jean and Wallace Ashley
Michael D. Atkinson
Gail and Joe Austin
Jay and Belinda Baker
Kenneth and Eva Baker
Jerry and Michelle Ball
Bob and Bet Barber
Bob and Linda Barefoot
Janice and Ken Bateman
Richard and Pam Baumgartner
Brian and Tisha Beasley
Joe and Jean Beasley
Edward and Pearl Blackmon
Sarah Ogburn Blalock and Tara Blalock Johnson
Spencer and Beverley Braswell
Tim Braswell
Tony Braswell
Janet Wall Brown
Landis and Paula Bullock
Joyce Lipscomb Canady
Steve and Gwen Canady
James and Ramona Cash
Sharon L. Castleberry
Jack and Judy Coats
Bryan and Ann Collier
Jane and Cornell Cox
Charles and Carmen Creech
Grover and Ruby Creech
Lynda Creech
Will R. Crocker
Dr. Matthew Delbridge and Lola Stephenson Delbridge
Bill and Patsy Denning
Jean Dunn
Bobby and Anne Eason
Sybil M. Edwards
Dr. Ossie Fields
Ellen Dupree Fleming
Hursell M. Fowler
Jim and Joyce Talton Gibson for John Baptist and Jessie Smith Talton Oral History Memorial Fund
Patricia and Calvin Godwin
Jennie and Franklin Grimes
Warren and Genie Grimes
Gayenell Campbell Gull, in honor of Creola S. Campbell
Jeff and Denise Hall
Faye Hardee
Sam and Joan Narron Hardy
Perry and Jean Harris
Cecil B. Heavner
Tom (W.B.) and Kathleen Hinnant
John and Frankie Hobart
Ray K. Hodge
Hon. and Mrs. Paul A. Holcombe
Elizabeth Myatt Holsten
Ronald J. Horton
Bettylynne and David Johnson
Carroll F. Johnson
Dr. James C. Johnson
Marshall H. and Beverly R. Johnson
Myrtis E. (Parker) Johnson
Dr. and Mrs. Oliver Johnson
Todd and Donna Johnson
Jean Lassiter Jones
Jimmy Jones and Jackie Jones
Mr. and Mrs. William T. Kennedy
Frank and Betsy Knott
Faye and Ross Lampe
Ken and Janet Langston in honor of Marjorie D., Danny and Robert Langston
Frank and Kay Lanier
John C. Lassiter, in memory of Mary Frances Bingham
Tony and Anita Liverman
Kay and Barry Long
Stanton and Pam Massengill
George B. Mast
John P. McPhail in honor of Zelda Wood
Harold M. Medlin Sr.
Nellie Lee Millsaps
Katharine I. (Kit) Ogburn, in memory of Mabel Ogburn Surles
Parrish Cleaning Services
Tom and Phyllis Parrish
Joe and Jane Patterson
Ben H. Peterson, Jr.
Virginia W. Powell, in memory of William Stevens Powell
Chap and Ann Ragland
Betty Coates Ramos
Walter and Jill Rasor
Gene and Donnye Rooks
Velvaline and Nathaniel Sanders, Jr.
John and Meg Scovil
Richard Self and Becky Veazey
Jesse and Kathy Sellers
Mr. and Mrs. Pete Sellers
Charles and Jean Simmons
Herb and Louise Simmons
Ray and Dr. Peggy Smith
Talmadge and Rochelle Snead
Durward and Ann Stallings
Millard and Patti Stallings
Rebecca S. and Michael V. Starling
Vickie and Durwood Stephenson
David and Margie Stubbs
Mike and Annie Sutton
James L. Talton
Marvin and Gunilla Taylor
Jack and Janie Temple
Harold and Carolyn Tharrington
Lanny and Helen Thomas
Tom and Emily Vinson
Quinton and Thelma Wall
D.R. and Elgie Wells
Tresa W. Wheeler
Donna McDowell White
Janice C. White
Hampton and Betsy Whittington
Carolyn Williams
Roy A. and Jean S. Williams
Ed and Brenda Wood
Bruce and Ann Woodard
Carlyle Woodard
Lanie and Jim Woodard

BRONZE ($50)
Ernie and Margo Allsbrook
Bill and Sarah Avery
Stephen Aschmann and Carol Benson
Keith Beamon
Margaret Powell Benton
Rose Boyd
Mary Wood Britt
Judge Andy Corbett
Bertha Crabtree
Eleanor N. Creech
April and Chad Culver
Selma W. Davis
Julia Elsee
Barbara T. Ennis
Dr. Carolyn G. Ennis
Thad E. Hardee
Dennie T. Harris
Linda S. Hester
Rick Hester
Harold Hinnant
Bill G. Johnson
Dorothy G. Johnson
J.M. Johnson Jr.
Helen Little
Tucker Lyon
Betsy B. Massengill
Helen Carter Moore
Mr. and Mrs. Billy R. Morris
Mary George Narron
Richard P. Nordan
Frances Dawson Norris
Mayor Cheryl Oliver
Osborne and Rebecca Smith Owens
Reggie Parker
Lena Patterson Parks
Dr. Dicky E. Parrish
Martin L. Pfinsgraff
Pattie B. Proctor
Margaret S. Reid
Hazel F. Sanders
Sarah Ann Butts Sasser
Mary Cooper Sauls
Louise Penny-Sewell
Festus and Edna Snead
Bobby T. Stephenson
Shelby Stephenson
Larry C. Strickland
Col. and Mrs. George Summers
Patricia Taylor
Rachel Kirby Thomas
Gerald and Glenda Toler
Susan Kilgore Wiley
Darcy Jarrell Willis
Mary S. Windley
Genevieve M. Woodall
Noela Woodall
Richard V. Woodard