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Board of Director meetings:

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
Advanced Concepts

City of Southport
Coastal Monuments

Downtown Southport, Inc.
Orton-Moore Foundation

Ricky Evans Gallery

Southport Beautification Committee

Southport Historical Society

Private Citizen Donors ($500 or more)

Peggy Campbell

Abraham and Barbara Scott

In Kind Donations
Dennis Stokley - Web Designer

Law Firm of Ryan Johnson

Owen Gidlow-Surveyor


 "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.

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Volunteers work to lift and repair grave markers.

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Donation Margaret Campbell Donation Camp
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Volunteers spend hours cleaning up the cemetery.


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