Fines Creek War Dead, Fines Creek
The Fines Creek War Dead memorial is a rectangular tablestone style marker on a double base. Carved out of the tablestone is a full sized World War Two style military helmet draped with a flag. In addition to war dead from World War I and World War II the name of a man who died in 1937 while on duty in Panama was added later.
Images: Far-off view | Fines Creek Fire Department
Front: KILLED IN ACTION / 1917 WORLD WAR I 1918 / HERMAN RATHBONE / 1941 WORLD WAR II 1945 / CHARLIE SUTTON / JAMES ROGERS / CLEM JENKINS / HARRY NOLAND / GLEN PRICE / BOYD MESSER / JOHN RATHBONE
THESE DEAD SHALL NOT HAVE DIED IN VAIN
Upper base top: DIED WHILE IN SERVICE TO THEIR COUNTRY
Upper base left front edge: DAVIS ROWE CLARK / 1912-1937 / USN PANAMA
Fines Creek Volunteer Fire Department
July 6, 1947
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“A Short History of Fines Creek, North Carolina,” Fines Creek.org, (accessed June 26, 2017) Link
“Fines Creek Monument to Be Moved to Fire Department,” Asheville Citizen-Times (Asheville, NC), December 7, 1994
“War Memorial Dedication Set at Fines Creek,” Asheville Citizen-Times (Asheville, NC), July 3, 1947, 5
Veterans of Foreign Wars and subscription from the local community
The marker stands in front of the Fines Creek Volunteer Fire Department to the right of the front door. The address is 244 Fines Creek Road, Clyde, NC. To reach the memorial one travels north about 8 miles on highway 209 from I-40, then left onto Max Patch Road and left onto Fines Creek. The Fire Department is on the right behind a large stone building that once housed the local school.
The fire department and surrounding buildings are located in an open mountain valley with wooded ridge lines behind and in front.
The marker was first located on the Fines Creek School grounds. It was relocated to the Fines Creek Volunteer Department in late 1994 after the school was permanently closed. The Fire Department is on a large open lot behind the closed school. It was planned to rededicate the marker during the spring of 1995.