REGIONAL NATIONAL CEMETERY IMPROVEMENT CORP.
P.O. BOX 4221
FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS 72702
The Regional National Cemetery Improvement Corporation (RNCIC) was
incorporated in 1984 to aid in the expansion and improvement of the Fayetteville
The incorporators were Col. Larry L. Browne, Jr., Ken Gibson and John Wm. Murphy.
These three were also the RNCIC's first Board of Directors. Clem McClelland was our first president.
It is a legally constituted, not-for-profit corporation (501 c 3) whose officers and directors are volunteers working
without compensation. Membership in the RNCIC is open to all interested parties.
We have kept the Cemetery open for burials and increased its size by over 200% since
our founding. Without past donations for the purchase of land, the cemetery would be
closed to burials today.
Our mission is to secure land adjacent to the Fayetteville National Cemetery to ensure
the cemetery can continue to receive veterans for burial. Veterans living in Northwest
Arkansas, as well as many veterans living outside our region, have planned their final
resting place here. This desire stems from having been born and raised in Northwest
Arkansas, having close family ties here, or having made their homes in the area following
On July 17, 1862, Congress enacted legislation that authorized President Abraham
Lincoln to purchase "cemetery grounds" to be used as national cemeteries "for soldiers
who shall have died in the service of the country."
The Fayetteville National Cemetery opened in 1867. It has been placed on the National
registry of Historic Places and the Civil War Discovery Trail. It has also been declared a
Since September 1, 1973, responsibility for the national cemetery rests with the
Department of Veterans Affairs. Today, there are 136 national cemeteries in all. The
Department of Veterans Affairs, through its National Cemetery Administration,
administers 120 of them. Two national Cemeteries, Arlington and Soldiers Home, are still
administered by the Army. Fourteen national cemeteries are maintained by the Department
of the Interior.
More than 2.5 million Americans, including veterans of every war and conflict - from
the Revolutionary War to the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars - are honored by burial in VA's
national cemeteries. More than 14,200 acres of land from Hawaii to Maine, and from
Alaska to Puerto Rico are devoted to the memorialization of those who served this nation.
Many of the national cemeteries have been closed to further burials and some are open
only for cremations. Expansion to any existing cemetery can only be done by adding
adjacent usable land. Any acquisition must be donated to the National Cemetery with an
unencumbered title and the land cleared of all structures, utilities, pipes, sewers, etc.
We Need Your Support! Many people have given generously in the past.
Your giving will be deeply appreciated and donations are tax deductible under current law.
The RNCIC tax identification will be furnished upon request. Find out more about us from news articles linked below.
Please become a member and/or make a donation. We are the only organization of our kind in the country.
Print out the contribution/donation form and mail it with your check to:
Regional National Cemetery Improvement Corp.
P.O. Box 4221
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72702.
Now you can donate online. Just click on the Donate button
WE ARE EXTREMELY GRATEFUL FOR THE HUNDREDS OF DONATIONS AND OTHER FORMS OF SUPPORT WE HAVE RECEIVED THE PAST THIRTY YEARS TO HELP US ACCOMPLISH OUR GOAL OF KEEPING THE FAYETTEVILLE NATIONAL CEMETERY OPEN FOR BURIALS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
Monthly board of directors meetings are at 10:00 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month
at the American Legion Post No. 27, 1195 S.Curtis Avenue, Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Members and guests are always welcome.
If your club, business or organization wishes to have a speaker to tell our story, please contact us.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Ron Butler, President, 479-445-8336
Merle Williams, Vice President
Lorna Sterrett, Secretary
Peggy McClain, Treasurer
Tom Ruck, ex officio
THE 8TH ANNUAL VETERAN'S MEMORIAL 5K RACE
WILL BE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2016 AT THE FAYETTEVILLE NATIONAL CEMETERY.
Last year over 200 runners participated in the race.
All proceeds will go to buy land for the expansion of the cemetery.
Registration Fees: $25 early and $30 day of the race.
Send registration fees to Veteran's Memorial 5 K Race, C/O RNCIC, P.O. Box 4221, Fayetteville, Arkansas
Contact Ron Butler for info on being a sponsor, making a donation or
to assist in anyway.
Click for more information: Race Brochure and the Race Information Letter and Race Sponsorships.
MANY THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS FOR THE 2016 RACE
$2500 and up
$1000 - $2499
$500 - $999
$250 - $499
$100 - $249
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MET ON APRIL 9, 2016
They celebrated the purchase of more land a few days before.
OFFICERS FOR 2016 ELECTED ON JANUARY 9, 2016
L-R: President Ron Butler, Vice President Merle Williams, Secretary Lorna Sterrett and Treasurer Peggy McClain.
Fayetteville City Map
Fayetteville National Cemetery 2005 aerial photo
Fayetteville National Cemetery 2009 aerial photo
showing Sale Barn property
Fayetteville National Cemetery 2010 aerial photo
shows RNCIC donations being prepared for burials
Fayetteville National Cemetery 2014 aerial photo
shows apartments which replaced the sale barn
Fayetteville National Cemetery Graves
Fayetteville National Cemetery homepage
Fayetteville National Cemetery Interments
Fayetteville National Cemetery map
showing RNCIC land purchases through 2013
Fayetteville National Cemetery map
showing RNCIC land purchases through 2015
RNCIC History dated 1989
RNCIC History dated 1997
RNCIC History dated 2014
RNCIC Life Members
VA Arkansas state summary
VA Burial & Benefits
THE RNCIC ARCHIVES
2009 and older
Many thanks to our contributors for their support!
Many, many thanks to the City of Fayetteville for a grant of $25,000 in 1989, |
the State of Arkansas for a grant of $47,000 in 1997,
Bob and Lorna Sterrett for their $50,000 donation on March 8, 2008,
Don Tyson for his donation of $75,000 on May 28, 2010
Susannah Porter for her bequest of $20,000 on November 22, 2011
and the State of Arkansas General Improvement Funds totalling $64,000 in late 2013:
Arkansas state legislators Charlie Collins and Cecile Bledsoe each facilitated $25,000 of these grants
with David Whitaker and Debra Hobbs adding $5,000 each.
A donor who wishes to remain anonymous gave $62,500 in July 2014.
We received a $20,000 grant from the NW Arkansas Economic Development group in July 2015.
These are the largest gifts received by the RNCIC since it was founded in 1984.
The RNCIC.com website is possible due to a continuing donation from Jake Lamkins|
in memory of Bill Murphy, Larry Browne, Ken Gibson, Clem McClelland, Elvie Heiney, Milo Cumpston,
John Swaim, Bob Sterrett, Joe Hussey, Walker Collins, and veterans everywhere.