Paint Creek Cemetery
The Paint Creek Cemetery, located in Oakland Township, is an old cemetery with an active association managing its burials and
maintenance. The PCCA Board started an ongoing project of monument repairs ten years ago. We currently hire Dave Carter,
who has learned his craft from the noted John Walters of Indiana.
Dave has been an exceptional contractor to work with as we do our yearly repairs. He is honest, accommodating and skilled in his
trade! We are very pleased with the work completed and feel the cost is affordable even for a small cemetery budget! I would
welcome anyone who wants to visit our cemetery and inspect Dave’s work. We feel lucky to have found someone who is local and
is skilled in doing monument repairs!
To whom it may concern:
It is with great pleasure that I write a letter of recommendation for Dave Carter. I found Dave after attending a conference in
Monroe, Michigan where his work was shown in one of their Pioneer Cemeteries. They were very pleased with his preservation and
highly recommended him.
We contacted him for work in the Historical Section of our Pinckney Cemetery. Dave came out and toured our cemetery to give us
some estimates for repair work on our long-neglected grave stones. The cost estimate was very reasonable considering the
degree of work that would be needed. He was very honest with us about the condition of our stones. He discussed with us what
work would be needed and also warned us that some stones might not be able to be saved. He also advised us what we could do
ourselves to maintain the stones from additional damage and to keep them looking good going forward.
Dave’s passion for this work was evident the first day on the job. He and his crew worked tirelessly, even on the weekends to
restore our old stones. They found a stone that had been long buried and the excitement they showed with this discovery made
us true believers that we could count on him to bring our cemetery heritage back to life.
The work he has done has been incredible. The stones look as if they had just been placed on the graves. I might add that those
stones we thought would not be salvageable look great.
I also had Dave do some work for me personally in the Clarenceville Cemetery with my ancestor’s stone from 1875. It was partially
buried and the writing was not legible. It now proudly stands tall for all to read.
You can count on Dave Carter and Carter Cemetery Preservation. He and his well-trained crew take pride in their mission to
restore the history of each stone for future generations.
Linda Van Blaricum
Pinckney Cemetery Board
Goodrich Cemetery – Bruce Township, Mi
“Last year our centennial cemetery, Goodrich, was vandalized. Nearly 40 very old headstones and various other memorials were
destroyed. We contacted Dave Carter and that was the best call we could have made. He came out on the day we had a
community clean up and helped us from the beginning. Not only donating his time, but making sure we were doing things
correctly. He was even teaching others how to restore stones properly. His expertise stopped us from apply glue, baling wire or
whatever just to get the job done. After squaring away the insurance claim Dave and his crew were back and the job they did was
exceptional. If anyone
needs his service, you will be happy with his work.”
Livonia Historical Preservation Committee
David Carter of CCPreservation has performed outstanding restoration work - cleaning and repairing historic headstones in all four
of Livonia's cemeteries - over the past four years. The quality of his work is very high, and he effectively communicates with the
cemetery committee. Dave is personally responsive to our requests and keeps us appraised of progress. We have found that
Dave's 'passion and patience' to be 'as advertised'. Our committee highly recommends David Carter's company.
Kathy Johnson-Bartshe, Livonia Historic Preservation Commission.