by Terry Thornton
A favorite Bible verse is Psalms 37:37 --- "Mark the perfect man and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace."
I found this verse as an epitaph on a grave marker recently in a cemetery in Itawamba County, Mississippi. On closer examination, however, the "strike-over" on the stone mason's work made me ponder the situation. These two photographs explain. (Left click for a larger image)
Mistakes made in stone are difficult to correct --- when ordering a stone be sure of your information. When receiving a stone, make sure that the mason has done it correctly too. Although my pre-need stone had no mistakes in the spelling of names, the marble company installed it backwards contrary to the written set of instructions/contract I had provided/signed with them. They most willingly came back to the cemetery and did it correctly when I complained (of course I was holding 1/3 of the agreed upon price in reserve for a final inspection of the stone).
Mark the perfect men and women in your family with correctly written and correctly placed markers.