MRS. LEE PERKINS DIED YESTERDAYThe date of birth provided on Mary's urn-topped tombstone is 1 May 1832. When I visited in 2011, the burial ground holding the remains of Mr. and Mrs. Perkins was known as Forsyth Cemetery.
Her Remains Will Be Taken to Forsyth for Interment -- Mother of Mrs. S. B. Price.
Mrs. A. L. Perkins died yesterday afternoon at 1:45 at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. S. B. Price, No. 2 Daisy Park.
Since the death of her husband, Capt. A. Lee Perkins, of near Bolingbroke, Monroe county, Mrs. Perkins has resided in Macon with Mrs. Price. She had been in ill health for some time and gradually grew worse until yesterday the end came.
Mrs. Perkins was an estimable woman and drew about her many warm and devoted friends. Her life was replete with deeds of kindness and charity to those in distress. Her delightful country home in Monroe county was noted for its hospitality.
Mrs. Perkins was the only sister of Capt. L. A. Ponder, a prominent planter of near Forsyth. She leaves two daughters, Mrs. S. B. Price and Miss Joe Perkins. The remains will be carried to Forsyth tomorrow morning over the Central railroad, where they will be interred in Oakland cemetery by the side of her lamented husband.
Why do people put rocks on grave stones? Some time ago, I learned that the rocks signified a visitor. That is true enough, but I decided to learn a little more about the custom and share my findings with you. Putting rocks on tombstones is most often described as a Jewish custom. There are many "Ask a Rabbi" columns out there, but I did not find one that knew for sure where the custom originated. They all agreed, however, that a rock symbolized a visitor and when put on a tombstone said, "I remember you." I also read that some people pick up a rock wherever they are when they think of a person that has passed. Then, the next time they visit the grave, they place the rock to say, "I wish you were here." Rabbi Shraga Simmons offers a deeper meaning: "We are taught that it is an act of ultimate kindness and respect to bury someone and place a marker at the site. After a person is buried, of course, we can no longer participate in burying them. H