Randall Whitener uses his body weight to steady a 1,200-pound marble headstone that will fit onto the base of the new Order of the Purple Heart monument at Veterans Memorial Park and Gardens. Holding the line on the back of their work truck is Kelly Whitener. The brothers work at their family business, Neal and Whitener Monument Co., in Blue Ridge.
urple Heart recipients Tom Richardson, left, and Larry Fraliex, of Ellijay, stand beside the finished work in a photo snapped by Tom’s wife, Fran. The monument had a temporary top piece during the recent Memorial Day observance when it was dedicated.