Gentlemen, Welcome to the end of 2020, THANK GOODNESS,the economy, the virus, lack of toliet paper, has made it a LOOOONG year.
I am proud to continue reporting that even with the virus our brothers re out there working hard and forwarding Gen Stephen Dill Lee’s Charge.
As the year closes it is again time to thank all of our reporters from around the Confederation, our web page readers, our subscription readers
and most of all our WEBMASTER, JOHN POLO, which without himwe would not have this magizine.Back some 15-18 years ago we mailed the Cracker
and were limited to 4 pages by postage todaywe receive reports and photos from around the confederation. So again thanks all and THANK YOU JOHN.
I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, see you next year. I would like to thank all of our reporters from the Confederation
for their contributions to the Cracker.
Gentlemen Hope this finds everyone well. We had our State meeting this month and it was well attended.
Below you will see our report from the meeting from Jim Edwards.Thanks to everyone who could make it and look forward to
seeing everyone again sooner than later.
The new issue of the Cracker Newsletter just appeared. Another Cracker issue, we proud of the work of our reporters,
that as always reported properly on their activities . I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas , I would like
to thank all of our reporters without them this issue could not have been realized :
Jimmy Edwards (Florida), Brian "Vex" McClure (Louisiana) , Gary Burleigh (Texas) , Joseph Pizzini (Maryland),
Joshua Thayer (Georgia), Bigfoot (Arkansas) , Bruce Warren (Mississippi), Steve “Peg leg” Beeler (Kentucky),
Mark Poag (South Carolina), Duste Craig (Roving Reporter), Shawn Rainey (Tennessee), and Mac McPeters (Virginia)
Please, when you send a report to Wess (editor), send me a copy as well.
This way I have much more time to organize the work, and I get the pictures in original size.
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I was in Facebook jail for 24 Hours, the reason was: inappropriate language or hateful words. All I had been doing was being
advertising of The Cracker newsletter, and I just used the words "cracker" and "confederate".
I know that many members of SCV Mechanized Cavalry have been on Facebook jail, we have a problem with the New World Order
and the the Communist, Now I know what people feel like when they claim they have found freedom after deleting their Facebook accounts.
But we are confederates, we cannot give up and we must continue to fight.
Not much going on here in Arkansas. I believe everyone is just totally burnt from the bogus
election and now just concentrating on some family gatherings and some great feast for Thanksgiving.
So, I'll take this moment to wish all of our Brothers around the globe safe travels, be vigilant and always know your surroundings!
Bigfoot / 1J Arkansas / 1st Battalion / Company J Mechanized Cavalry
11 09, 2020 11:41 PM
Men of the Old North State and beyond,
I am heartbroken to pass along the news of NB Forrest Camp 803, SCV Chaplain and Charter member Dean Cameron passing
away tonight at 8:30pm. He was member #28 in the SCV Mechanized Cavalry and has been active for over 20 years. No arrangements
have been made but I will advise once details are known. Please keep her and the rest of Dean's family in your thoughts and prayers
during this most difficult of times. Please keep members of the Forrest Camp in your prayers as well due to the huge loss we have suffered tonight.
I am ordering all flags to be lowered to half staff from now until one day after his service.
Commander NB Forrest Camp 803 Sanford NC - SCV Mechanized Cavalry Commanding
Nov 12, 2020 11:00 PM
After visiting with Dean's wife Joyce yesterday and meeting with a close friend of Dean's this evening I would like to advise
that she wants the SCV and SCV Mechanized Cavalry to take our Brother Dean on his final ride ending with his Memorial Service.
There will be no wake and I will announce details of the service as we get things nailed down but it looks like early 2021. We are in need
of uniformed reenactors, cannons, and all Heritage organizations are inviting including but not limited to SCV, OCR, MOSB, and UDC.
The ride will begin in Tramway at the Circle K Dean likes to meet at for rides and end in Sanford at Euphronia Church and the route
will include a ride by the Theophilus Hunter Holmes site on I95 of which Dean helped to make a reality. I already sent the address for
cards but here it is again: Joyce Cameron 322 Blackstone Road, Sanford, NC 27330. Feel free to drop off food if so inclined and instead of
flowers I suggest that you make a donation to Euphronia Church
or to the NB Forrest Camp SCV in his memory.
Email me directly with any questions and please make every effort to support this service.
Commander NB Forrest Camp 803 SCV Sanford NC
"It is my sad duty to report that Keith Lovell, SCVMC #1519 has crossed the river to rest in the shade of the
trees after a long battle with cancer. Please keep his family in your prayers at this time"
Captain Kevin Nelms, 1-G Mississippi.
Keith Wayne Lovell, 64, passed away Sunday, November 15, 2020, at his home in Booneville. He was born in Columbus, MS,
on October 20, 1956, to Ray and Emmie Lou Palmer Lovell. He enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, fly fishing in the Smokies,
traveling, spending time with family and his only granddaughter, Kaitlin. He was a Ham Radio operator and had earned the title,
“Keeper of the Cars”, at Hannah Classic Cars.
Funeral service will be 2:00 PM on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at Booneville Funeral Home with Bro. Ricky Peebles and
Bro. Doug Rakestraw officiating. Visitation will be from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM at the funeral home on Wednesday. Burial will be in
Liberty Methodist Church Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Ann Smith Lovell; son, Austin Lovell (Shelby) of Booneville; parents, Ray and Emmie Lou Lovell;
brother, Scott Lovell (Christine) of Booneville; sister, Judy Lovell (Kevin Kragelj) of Guntown, MS; daughter-in-law, Cammy Lovell of Kossuth;
and granddaughter, Kaitlin Lovell of Kossuth. He was preceded in death by his son, Jason Lovell; grandparents, Zelma and Mitchell Palmer
and Virgie and Vernon Lovell. Pallbearers will be Prentiss County Sheriff Deputies.
Memorials may be made to M. D. Anderson Cancer Caring Fund, P.O. Box 4319, Houston,
TX 77210 or to West Clinic Cancer 2001 State Dr., Corinth, MS 38834.
Reported by Jimmy Edwards
FLORIDA MECH-CAV 2020 ANNUAL MEETING
Another Florida SCV-MC statewide annual meeting conducted at the SCV Florida Division Headquarters in Trenton, Florida on
Saturday, November 7, 2020. However, a number of guys arrived Friday afternoon for a two-night stay at the Beach Front
Motel in Cedar Key where friendship came together for two nights with long established brothers re-acquainting and new
members developing brotherhood bonding (pics 1-4). As usual, early Saturday morning Captain King lead the motorcycle pack
to Trenton for our intense Saturday meeting (pic 5). Bikers not staying at the motel were arriving at the Trenton Headquarters
Building from various parts of the state on bikes and vehicles throughout the early morning hours (pic 6). Three Georgia members
arrived as well: LTC Tim 'Trigger' Hawkins, LT Robert 'Road-Dog' Ballard, and SGM Chris 'Son' May. A couple of Florida notables
attended, too: Lloyd Baldwin M-C # 169, and former LTC Greg Kalof M-C # 300.
In all, an estimate of about 30 to 40
attendees were present.
The meeting began (10am) with CPT King calling the group to order. Pledges to our American Flags (U.S. & Confederate) were
conducted and the important issues at hand were discussed and certificates/awards of excellence were presented. Three new
members were sworn in by CPT King: Cmdr Clement Lindsey, Jimbo Talbot, and Keith Turcotte (pic 7). 'Holding the Line' award
was presented to: LT Joe Davis, LT Robert Ballard, SGM Chris May, PVT Mark Ippolito, and PVT Jimmy Edwards. Florida Division
Cmdr Kelly Crocker extended his deep appreciation to CPL Jason Montes, Florida's State Adjutant, by presenting him with the
Distinguish Service Medal and Certificate - an award issued, using strict discretion, to one serving in a position of responsibility
and performing one's duties in an
outstanding manner (pic 8).
Herewith are brief annotations on some of the discussed issues: *Keith Turcotte, our new Mech-Cav member, was voted in as
our state Mech-Cav minister (pic 9); *Per LTC Tim Hawkins, the National Mech-Cav membership is now totaling 3,962, and
per MAJ Johnny Strickland, membership in Germany is growing as well; *PVT Mark Ippolito is now our state Mech-Cav adjutant;
*Cmdr Kelly Crocker announced our next SCV state reunion will be held in Ocala; *BLM damage at the White Springs Flag Site
has been cleaned up and police are investigating the vandalism; *501(c)(3) now established for our state Mech-Cav;
*First National Flag going up at the Tampa Flag Site with the Third National in rotation; *CPT King expressed his enjoyment at
the last Louisiana Gator Run event and will be announcing dates for next year, this includes the Heart of Dixie Run; *SCV-MC
annual will be held July 16th thru 20th in Townsend, TN. Host hotel is the Tremont Lodge & Resort, 7726 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy.
Reservations made (1-865-448-3200) under SCV-MC rate. No Confederate Flags allowed hanging over hotel balconies; *Our state Mech-Cav
now has its own bank account with CPT King, Adj Mark Ippolito and Clay Johnson being account responsible; *Due to improperly
written Cracker articles, hereinafter all submissions must be submitted to CPT King for approval before being forwarded to the
editor and/or webmaster (Wess Frank and John Polo); *Voting was approved for donating $500 to the Kirby-Smith Camp for the
new Confederate Statue being constructed in Jacksonville. $500 donation also approved for completion of a paved parking lot
at the Trenton Hqs Building - $7,000 required to complete the job. And, $100 donation approved for the new SCV museum at
Elm Springs, Columbia, TN; *LTC Hawkins indicated National Mech-Cav donated $15,000 for the SCV museum last year; *PVT Matt Scott,
Chief of Staff for Camp #770, thanked CPT King for the previously submitted money donated toward completing the Trenton Hqs
Building roof; *Cmdr Kelly Crocker announced General Nathan Bedford Forrest and wife's reinternment ceremony will take place next
spring at the Elm Springs SCV Hqs in Columbia, TN. Mech-Cav members who wish can volunteer to participate. Vetting procedures for
volunteers are the same as stated in the 2020 March/April Confederate Veteran; *The best for last news was the delicious home cooked food
provided by the local UDC ladies. Pictures 10, 11, 12 were taken after the meeting adjourned.
Reported by Lieutenant Brian "Vex" McClure
Executive Officer & Communications
2020 FREESTATE FESTIVAL PARADE
The Sabine Rifles Camp sponsored the SCV Procession in the Freestate Festival Parade held in Florien, LA.
A very warm & friendly crowd and a great turnout of participants!
2020 FREESTATE FESTIVAL - SCV
The Sabine Rifles Camp sponsored a SCV Recruitment Booth at the 2020 Freestate Festival in Florien, LA.
Beside the booth was set up a small historical camp display.
There were many people who attended the festival who visited the booth. The SCV was very well received at the event.
CALHOUN PRESENTED AWARD
Katelyn Nicole Calhoun was presented the SCV Certificate of Appreciation & Medal from the Army of Trans-Mississippi,
Sons of Confederate Veterans by Past SCV CiC Paul Gramling at the 2020 Battle of Pleasant Hill Fall Muster. Katelyn has been dedicated and
worked hard with the Battle of Pleasant Hill Association for the preservation of our Southern & Louisiana History. We appreciate all her accomplishments
and endeavors to ensure our Heritage is protected and passed to future generations. Deo Vindice!
SGT. JOHN C. JONES - 8TH LOUISIANA CAVALRY - IRON CROSS DEDICATION
An Iron Cross Dedication and Memorial Service was held for Sgt. John C. Jones of the 8th Louisiana Cavalry in a family cemetery
near Ruston, Louisiana on November 15, 2020. The event was sponsored by the Mary Ann Forrest OCR #23 & the Mississippi Society
Order of Confederate Rose. Many Heritage organizations participated & attended. The groups in no particular order were the Order
of Confederate Rose, Sons of Confederate Veterans, United Daughters of the Confederacy, SCV Mechanized Cavalry, The Battle
of Pleasant Hill Association and members of the Reenacting community. It was also great that the SCV’s Mississippi Division & Louisiana
Division banded together to support Sgt. John C. Jones’ Iron Cross Dedication. Deo Vindice!