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Gibson Bayou Cemetery

Locations of Unmarked Graves

Recorded April 27, 2002

 

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On April 27, 2002 a Homecoming was held at Gibson Bayou Cemetery in an effort to raise funds for maintaining the church.  During the event, several individuals gave information on family members buried in the cemetery without markers.  Locations were also noted for those graves that only have funeral home markers, anticipating that these markers will one day be no longer visible.  The following is location information for these graves.  This information was recorded by Debbie Lunsford Yates and Pat Isabel Brown. 

 

Additional information was later submitted by family members.

 

If anyone has information on unmarked grave locations, please contact me or Pat Brown, and we will add these to this page.

 

(Much of this information was given by Mr. Melvin Watson

who passed away on January 21, 2006.

He was buried at Crittenden Memorial Park Cemetery in Marion.)

 

 

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BRIDGES, Georgia Della Newman, Mother of Tula Homer Bridges

Section E, from the marked grave of John Henry Rodgers, 9 feet south and 3 feet west.  (from Melvin Watson - granddaughter, Georgia Bridges Lunsford/Nelson, verified approximate location)

 

BROWN, Minnie, funeral home marker, section C.  Facing west, beside and right of Betty Ann Powers.

 

CHAPMAN, Raney Jane Linville Spears

Section E, immediately to the right (north) of the unmarked grave of Sarah "Sally" Isham, which is marked with a concrete block.  Two spaces to the right of Louise Linville Hill, who is buried above (west) the marked grave of Ben Hill. As of June 2002, a wooden post marks the grave of Raney Chapman. (from Burdell White) Note: This grave has since been marked

 

CHISUM, Marion Elaine Chisum (Section C) facing west, 68 inches to right of Herbert L. Pegram marked grave, one space between these two graves (from Ruby Miller Ellison)

 

COLE, Infant of Jack Cole & Ella Franklin Cole Savage (C-6)

Section C, from Clay Daniels marked grave, 9 feet west and 2 feet south. If standing in front of Clay Daniels grave, facing west, this grave would be just above and to the left. (from Rev. D. G. Daniels)

 

COLE, Infant of Jack Cole & Ella Franklin Cole Savage (C-7)

Section C, just beside and right of the Infant Cole C-6 (from Rev. D. G. Daniels)

 

COLE, Infant of Jack Cole & Ella Franklin Cole Savage (C-8)

Section C, just beside and left of the Infant Cole C-6 (from Rev. D. G. Daniels)

 

CRIM, Oscar (H-6)

Section H, 32 feet east of Freeda Thomason marker to cedar tree, just left (south) and beside the tree at eastern edge of cemetery (from Melvin Watson)

 

DANIELS ??, (C-20)

Section C, red flag with no data just to the right of Eva Ruth Daniels marked grave. (unknown who placed this flag - this could possibly have been marked for a later burial)

 

DANIELS ??, (C-21)

Section C, second red flag with no data to the right of first red flag, two graves right of Eva Ruth Daniels marked grave. (unknown who placed this flag - possibly marked for later burial)

 

DANIELS, unmarked grave between Clay C. Daniels and the Infant Son of Rev. D. G. Daniels, 1967. Section C.  Identity unknown

 

DOTY, Frank (H-7)

Section H, 18 feet south and to left one space of Wallace W. Abbott marked grave (from Melvin Watson)

 

DOTY, Grace (H-8)

Section H, beside and left of Frank Doty (from Melvin Watson)

 

FORD, Charles (D-3)

Section D, beside and right (north) of Paul Watson unmarked grave, D-2 (from Melvin Watson)

 

FORD, Infant son of Charles Ford (D-4)

Section D, beside and right (north) of Charles Ford unmarked grave, D-3 (from Melvin Watson)

 

GUNN, Leontine (C-12)

Section C, just beside and left of Irvin Lee Knapp, one space between this grave and marked grave of Robert C. Gunn  (from Mrs. Elizabeth Gunn Drew)

 

GUNN, Robert Elliott (C-11)

Section C, just to left of unmarked grave of Leontine Gunn.  Beside and to the right of Robert C. Gunn marked grave (from Mrs. Elizabeth Gunn Drew)

 

GUNN, Susan Katherine Hood (C-10)

Section C, just beside and left of Robert C. Gunn marked grave. (from Mrs. Drew)

Note:  As of June 2002, this grave has been marked.

 

HAGGARD, Margaret, funeral home marker (Section B or C) beside and left of Margaret Ingram marked grave (visible funeral home marker)

 

HILL, Louise Linville White

Section E, just above (west) the marked grave of Ben Hill.  Her grave is marked with a stone.  (from Burdell White)

 

INGRAM, Wife of James L. Ingram (G-1)

Section G, beside and left (south) marked grave of James L. Ingram (from Melvin Watson)

 

ISHAM, Sarah "Sally" Linville

Section E, immediately to the right (north) of the stone marking the grave of Louise Linville Hill.  A concrete block marks this grave.  (from Burdell White)

 

ISHAM, Tom

Section D, two spaces to left (north) of J. H. Pickett marked grave, an unmarked stone and empty space between the two graves of J. H. Pickett and Tom Isham (from Ivy Isham LaComb, photos)

 

LACOMB, Thomas, funeral home marker

Section H, beside and south (left) of Helen LaComb marked grave.

 

LAWSON, Azalee Mettler

Section H, immediately to the right of unmarked grave of Samuel B. Mettler. (See Samuel B. Mettler location, from Mary Maples McKinney)

 

LEE ??, stone located one space to left (north) and 11 feet above (west) marked grave of Walter E. Holmes, written in red paint, very faded, possibly says “Lee Baby”

 

LINDSEY, Bill (Section B or C) Facing west, just beside and right of Jimmy Lindsey (from Lovella Green Morgan, cousin)

 

LINDSEY, Jimmy  (Section B or C) Facing west, just beside and right of Minnie Brown (from Lovella Green Morgan, cousin)

 

LINVILLE, David Crittendon

Section E, immediately to the left (south) of the unmarked grave of his wife, Mary Taylor Linville, who is buried beside Louise Linville Hill.  As of June 2002, a wooden post marks his grave (from Burdell White) Note:  This grave has since been marked.

 

LINVILLE, Mary Taylor

Section E, immediately to the left (south) of the stone marking the grave of Louise Linville Hill.  Her husband, David Crittendon Linville is buried to her immediate left. (from Burdell White) Note:  This grave has since been marked.

 

LINVILLE, Samuel Chester

Section D, buried to the left of the marked grave of his grandson, John Samuel Linville, near the Paris graves, across the highway from the church. (from Linville family history) Note:  This grave has since been marked.

 

MAPLES, Child (E-5)

Section E, facing west, directly above and south of Julius L. D. Maples marked grave (from Ruby Miller Ellison)

 

MAPLES, Infant Female

Section H, stillborn infant daughter of Julius & Ethel Maples, immediately to right of unmarked grave of Azalee Mettler Lawson, two graves to right of unmarked grave of Samuel B. Mettler (See Samuel B. Mettler location)

 

MARTIN, Child (E-4)

Section E, 52 feet west and directly above (if facing west) the marked grave of Shellie B. Harris (from Melvin Watson)

 

MARTIN, (E-5)

Section E, beside and left (south) of Martin E-4 (from Melvin Watson)

 

MARTIN, Will (E-2)

Section E, beside and left (south) of Martin E-5 (from Melvin Watson)

 

MARTIN, Section C (from Melvin Watson, June 6, 2004)

Four unmarked graves are located directly beside (south) the church. Three of these graves are marked with three cinder blocks.  The fourth grave is beside these, but not sure which side (left or right). These blocks are the graves of Ben Martin, his wife Lottie Chambley Martin, and two of their sons, Lee and Jim Martin.

 

MCGILL, Roy & Troy, twins (C-3)

Section C, behind and left of church.  From east side of fence that encloses Cabe Smith grave, 25 feet east. Three cedar trees mark the corners of this fence, most likely four original trees. East side of this fence is from the northeast and southeast cedar tree.  A third tree remains on the northwest corner of the fence. (from Melvin Watson)

 

MEDDERS ??, unmarked double grave lies beside and just to the left (south) of Ruben Early and Sally Medders marked graves.  Section E

 

METTLER, Samuel B.

Section H, left of and behind the church, about 3/4 of the way to the east edge of the cemetery.  Immediately to the right of Ethel Lou Maples Mettler, if standing, facing her stone. (from Mary Maples McKinney)

 

MILLER, Ray Edward (H-15)

Section H, facing west, above and 11 feet west then 9 feet north (right) from Alfred Miller marked grave (from Ruby Miller Ellison)

 

MILLER, Raymond Lee Jr. (H-16)

Section H, 35 feet south of Oscar Crim unmarked grave, between two trees at eastern edge of cemetery (from Ruby Miller Ellison)

 

MOSS, James Arthur

Section C, just below (east) the grave of C. L. Linville and immediately to the right of the grave of Frank Ashby (from Margie Moss White)

 

PANKEY, Billy (H-4)

Section H, facing west, just beside and south (left) of Bethel Thompson Shempert unmarked grave (from Mary Thompson Stanley)

 

PANNELL, Dalton, funeral home marker, facing west, just beside and right of Duffie Marie Pannell.  Dalton Pannell lies in section E, Duffie Marie Pannell lies in Section C.  Section divider between these two graves.

 

PARKS, Pearl, rock with the name Pearl written in black paint.  Section C. This grave lies directly beside and to the left of Cellie Pannell Robinson marked grave.  An unmarked grave lies to the left of the Pearl Parks grave.

 

POWERS, Betty Ann, funeral home marker, section C.  Nine feet directly east of William S. Duncan marked grave (visible FHM)

 

SHEMPERT, Bethel Thompson (H-5)

Section H, facing west, 10 feet above and west of Gladys Forehand marked grave (from Mary Thompson Stanley)

 

SHEMPERT, unmarked grave just to right of Alton Shempert marked grave. Section C

 

SIMS, funeral home marker, no other data

Section H, facing west, 11 feet east and 10 feet south of the marked grave of Freeda Thomason. (visible FHM) Note:  This grave is Bessie Sims, wife of J. B., and has since been marked, beside her granddaughter, Lisa Tyler.

 

SPEARS, Baby (H-1)

Section H, beside and right (north) marked grave of Doyle W. Ford (from Melvin Watson)

 

SPEARS, Franklin, temporary marker (Section C) Facing west, directly below and east of Marley A. & Mildred Hill marked graves

 

STEVENS, facing east, 4 unmarked graves, all next to each other, to right (south) of Boyce Stevens marked grave. Section C (no info)

 

STEVENS, facing east, two unmarked graves to left (north) of Boyce Stevens, with a rusty funeral home marker just left of the two unmarked graves.  These two unmarked graves lie between the funeral home marker and the marked grave of Boyce Stevens. Section C

 

THOMPSON, George (H-2)

Section H, beside and left (south) of R. O. Thompson unmarked grave.  Directly above (west) unmarked grave of Billy Pankey. (from Mary Thompson Stanley)

 

THOMPSON, R. O. (H-3)

Section H, facing west, 9 feet above (west) unmarked grave of Bethel Thompson Shempert. (from Mary Thompson Stanley)

 

TYLER, Lisa

Section H, facing west, beside and south (left) of Sims funeral home marker, below Freeda Thomason. (visible deteriorated wooden cross)

 

UNKNOWN, facing west, a red brick grave marker lies just left of Duffie Marie Pannell, with one space in between this red brick marked grave and the grave of Duffie Marie Pannell, which is marked only with a funeral home marker. Section C.

 

WATSON, George (D-1)

Section D, facing west, 14 feet above (west) marked grave of John H. Pickett (from Melvin Watson)

 

WATSON, Infant of Bill & Minnie Watson (C-2)

Section C, beside and just left of grave of Irvin Leion Watson. (from Melvin Watson)

 

WATSON, Infant of Lewis & Henrietta Watson (C-1)

Section C, just beside and left of Bill & Minnie Watson infant, two graves left of Irvin Leion Watson marked grave (from Melvin Watson)

 

WATSON, Paul (D-2)

Section D, beside and right (north) of George Watson unmarked grave, D-1 (from Melvin Watson)

 

 

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