The John N. Smith Cemetery Restoration and Preservation, Incorporated seeks community members to support the cemetery and ensure that its future is maintained forever as a unique and respected site for celebrating an honorable past. The urgency to restore the cemetery comes as a result of disappearing gravesites and from the aging and deaths of persons with knowledge of the cemetery's known inhabitants.
We are fully reliant on the generosity of those who believe in the work we are doing. Without their support, we could not fulfill our vision. As we continue to strengthen the cemetery's presence in the Southport community, DONATIONS are needed to complete the following projects:
Design and implement a landscaping plan
Publish a narrative and pictorial history
Install markers on unmarked graves
Install interpretative markers throughout the cemetery
We welcome all community members to join us in this important work. VOLUNTEERS are needed to assist with the following tasks:
Ensure regular maintenance of the cemetery
Promote public education about the cemetery
Gather oral histories
Locate unmarked graves
Produce a map that identifies burial sites, walking paths, etc.
Tax exempt donations to aid the restoration and preservation of John N. Smith Cemetery North Carolina Non-profit and 501 c(3) organization can be mailed to :
The John N Smith Restoration and Preservation, Inc.
Post Office Box 11241
Southport, North Carolina 28461
Current List of Business Donors:
AARP - North Carolina
City of Southport
Downtown Southport, Inc.
Ricky Evans Gallery
Southport Beautification Committee
Southport Historical Society
Private Citizen Donors ($500 or more)
Abraham and Barbara Scott
In Kind Donations
Dennis Stokley - Web Designer
"Southport, North Carolina's John N. Smith Cemetery announces generous grant from Louis Bacon's Orton Foundation" Moore Charitable Foundation
Community volunteers Lynne & Ken Geiman made, donated and installed a bench for rest and reflection in the cemetery.
Community members Sharon & Jim Lightbourne and Lynne & Ken Geiman made, donated and installed a bench in Memory of Helen Moore who passed away in 2020.
Volunteers attempt to clear tree stump that remained after removal of tree that fell during Hurricane Isaias so that the fence can be repaired.
Young descendants receive help in clearing the cemetery boundary for new fencing.
Volunteers work to lift and repair grave markers.
Volunteers spend hours cleaning up the cemetery.