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Ask The Times: World War I statue raises questions
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If you’ve been wondering about something in your community, Ask The Times is your place to get answers. The following questions were submitted by readers and answered through the efforts of our news staff.

In the Yellow Creek Baptist Church cemetery in Murrayville, there is a life-sized statue of a World War I soldier. What is the story behind this gentleman who died so young and the story of the statue?

The statue is of Pvt. Lee Earnest Garner, who died at 19 while serving in World War I. Deacon David McClure at Yellow Creek Baptist Church said the statue was put up to commemorate the young man’s life. Other than that, he did not know much about the soldier’s background. Garner was one of millions who died while serving in World War I, one of the deadliest wars in history. If you have more information on Garner and the cemetery’s statue, email

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