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Hometown Hernando for May 20

Headstone returned:  A headstone stolen from the Spring Hill Cemetery years ago was recently found and returned to its proper place. Friends Hunter Mello and William Lorentsen called police after stumbling upon a headstone and bones in a vacant lot near their home in Brooksville. Police determined the bones were not human, and then suggested they try to connect the headstone with its owners. Rich Lorentsen, William’s grandfather, researched the family name and learned that the headstone belonged at the Spring Hill Cemetery, west of Brooksville. The Historic Hernando Preservation Society was contacted, as was cemetery caretaker Alyce Walker, who recognized the name, Jim Blount. Walker put the preservation society in touch with Margaret Blount Hart, 98, of Brooksville, daughter of Jim Blount. Family members Ruby Hart of Brooksville and William and Pat Hart of Illinois met to discuss plans for the return of the headstone. Members of the preservation society, including president Don Moses, vice president David Letasi (and their wives) and secretary Jon Yeager, along with Mello and William and Rich Lorentsen were present when Jim Blount’s headstone was returned to its rightful place, next to his wife, Nora. From left are: Rich and William Lorentsen, Mello, William Hart and Moses.
Headstone returned: A headstone stolen from the Spring Hill Cemetery years ago was recently found and returned to its proper place. Friends Hunter Mello and William Lorentsen called police after stumbling upon a headstone and bones in a vacant lot near their home in Brooksville. Police determined the bones were not human, and then suggested they try to connect the headstone with its owners. Rich Lorentsen, William’s grandfather, researched the family name and learned that the headstone belonged at the Spring Hill Cemetery, west of Brooksville. The Historic Hernando Preservation Society was contacted, as was cemetery caretaker Alyce Walker, who recognized the name, Jim Blount. Walker put the preservation society in touch with Margaret Blount Hart, 98, of Brooksville, daughter of Jim Blount. Family members Ruby Hart of Brooksville and William and Pat Hart of Illinois met to discuss plans for the return of the headstone. Members of the preservation society, including president Don Moses, vice president David Letasi (and their wives) and secretary Jon Yeager, along with Mello and William and Rich Lorentsen were present when Jim Blount’s headstone was returned to its rightful place, next to his wife, Nora. From left are: Rich and William Lorentsen, Mello, William Hart and Moses.
Published May 20, 2016

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