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." National Cemeteries were established following an Act of Congress of February 22, 1867 and put under the jurisdiction of the War Department.
The War Department purchased four parcels of land in Fayetteville totalling 6.009 acres from Stephen K. Stone, merchant, on May 20, 1867 and David Walker, lawyer and judge, on June 14, 1867. This land constituted the Fayetteville National Cemetery which opened July 2, 1867. The Cemetery has been placed on the National registry of Historic Places and the Civil War Discovery Trail. It has also been declared a National Shrine.
The present size of the Fayetteville National Cemetery is nearly 15 acres and had 9,830 interments as of April 2017. The increase in size has come about from many donations of land by the Regional National Improvement Corp. (RNCIC) beginning on August 1, 1989. Most recently another 2.3 acres of land was donated on November 9, 2013. Presently, in May 2017, the RNCIC has 2.4 acres ready for donation to the Cemetery pending the completion of paperwork by the Department of Veterans Affairs. This donation will coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Cemetery's establishment.
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
Albert Maxwell, ex officio
THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE
REGIONAL NATIONAL CEMETERY IMPROVEMENT CORPORATION
was held on Saturday, January 14, 2016,
at the American Legion Post 27,
1195 So. Curtis Avenue,
Fayetteville, AR at 10:00 a.m.
Ron Butler, Harold Crivello, Josh Sakon and Aubrey Shepherd
were elected to serve three year terms.
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR 2017THE 9TH ANNUAL VETERAN'S MEMORIAL 5K RACE
L-R: Roger McClain, Lorna Sterrett, Harold Crivello, Peggy McClain, Albert Maxwell, Merle Williams,
Gary Culp, Ron Butler, Wes Stites, Jake Lamkins and Josh Sakon.
Jim Glover and Aubrey Shepherd were absent.
OFFICERS FOR 2017
L-R: Secretary Lorna Sterrett, Treasurer Peggy McClain, Vice President Merle Williams and President Ron Butler .
WILL BE SATURDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 4, 2017
AT THE FAYETTEVILLE NATIONAL CEMETERY.
Over 200 runners participated in the last 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.
We also have
ONLINE RACE REGISTRATION.
Take a look at the race route.
MANY THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS AND PARTICIPANTS IN THE 2016 RACE
2016 RACE RESULTS OVERALL AND BY AGE
2017 RACE SPONSORS
$2500 and up
$1000 - $2499
$500 - $999
$250 - $499
$100 - $249
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
Fayetteville National Cemetery map
showing RNCIC land purchases through 2016
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,
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,
and 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.
We received a $15,000 grant from the NW Arkansas Economic Development group on October 18, 2016.
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.