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  • Monument Name

    World War II Dead, Avondale

  • Type

    Marker

  • Subjects

    World War II

  • City

    Avondale

  • County

    Rutherford

  • Description

    The memorial to World War II dead is a bronze tablet attached to a lectern shaped block of granite several feet tall. Appearing above the inscription is an eagle with spread wings. The memorial stands on a square concrete pad. Two granite benches are positioned behind the memorial and a flag pole stands a few feet beyond the concrete pad.

    The memorial was first dedicated as a living memorial with a tree planted to each of the 17 names on the tablet. Those listed had been students of the former Tri-Community High School who gave their lives during World War II. As of 2005 four of the trees were still alive.

    Images: Plaque | Distance view

  • Inscription

    THESE TREES ARE PLACED HERE BY / THE COMMUNITY WOMEN’S CLUB / AS LIVING MEMORIALS TO / [Left column] HERMAN CICERO ADKINS / JACK ALLEN / WILLIAM ALEXANDER BAILY / CHARLES EUGENE BALLARD / JAMES THOMAS GREEN / JAMES WILBUR HARRILL / VERNON JOSEPH LOWERY / DANIEL DEWITT MASON / [Right Column] FRANK BROWNING MOOREHEAD / JOSEPH MADISON PRICE / ROY ROBERTSON / CARL JACOB SCHWARTZ / BAXTER WISEMAN TATE / R.C. TESSNEAR / ROBERT WARD / RALPH WALDEN WAYCASTER / [Bottom center] DARRELL JUSTICE WILSON / DIED IN SERVICE OF THEIR COUNTY / IN WORLD WAR II / TABLET PRESENTED BY HENRIETTA AND CLIFFSIDE MILLS

  • Custodian

    Rutherford County School System

  • Dedication Date

    1950. Re-dedication: November 10, 2010

  • Decade

    1950s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.274180 , -81.796460 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      Heather Fearnbach (August 2005). "Henrietta-Caroleen High School". National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office

      “Avondale, NC,” Small Town Traveler, (accessed July 27, 2017) Link

      “TJCA to Dedicate World War II Memorial in New Location,” Tyron Daily Bulletin, November 11, 2010

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze, granite, concrete

  • Sponsors

    Community Women’s Club, Henrietta and Cliffside Mills

  • Location

    The marker is located behind the main building of the Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy (TJCA) that formerly housed the Tri-County High School and across from modern buildings on the school campus. Although the postal address for TJCA is 2527 US 221a Hwy, Mooresboro, the school campus cannot be accessed from US 221a. One must turn onto Cone Street from Ellenboro Henrietta Road.

  • Landscape

    The marker stands in a small green space between two parking lots and two school buildings.

  • Former Locations

    In 2010 the marker was moved to a more prominent location on the school grounds. The previous location was not determined.

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