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pendermemorial300.jpg Submitted by WWAY on Sun, 09/14/2008 - 4:52pm.

A Pender County Boy Scout created a botanical garden at Penderlea Elementary in memory of his classmates and teachers that have died. Today people checked out the memorial site and the young man behind it all. Colorful flowers, a stone angel, and park benches are Evan Brown's ingredients for the perfect garden. Brown, a 17-year-old Boy Scout, created this garden at Penderlea Elementary. It is a place to remember his former teachers and friends that have passed away. The idea to honor his classmates came from the Boy Scouts, and his goal to earn the organizations highest rank. “To be an eagle scout you have to do a community project that will benefit everybody, and this was the first thing to come to mind.” said Brown. Brown designed the garden and it's every detail. From a stone fountain with rose petals, to its head stone that reads "In memory of loved ones...gone but not forgotten." Several local businesses’s chipped in to help bring the garden to life. Ted Brown, Evans father said, “I am proud of Evan. He's a very thoughtful young man. We have people that have come out that are interested in this. Teachers seem to be moved by this, as well as a lot of parents.” Mary Parker and Andy Johnson's son Brantley was one of Evan's schoolmates. He died a year ago in a car accident. “It makes me happy that his friends haven't forgotten him and the community hasn't forgotten him because he was a very special boy” said Brantleys mother. Elizabeth Stewart’s daughter Charlie died from complications with Leukemia in 2001. She and Evan were in the 4th grade at Penderlea. “It's nice to know that if I want to come here and reminisce, I can do that.” A tranquil place for the community to heal old wounds of lives lost is what Evans memorial symbolizes to the community in Willard, North Carolina. Students at Penderlea Elementary will maintain the garden.

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