Since we were so close to Arkansas, there would have been no excuse not to see Scott and Wendy in Green Forest. After all, it was only 2 1/2 hours away! While there I had to get a “cemetery fix” and Scott knew it and suggested we go to Yocum Cemetery in Green Forest. Wendy has family buried there so the four of us headed on over.
The first interesting headstone we found belonged to Pistol Powell. He had varied interests, from playing dominos to four-legged animals. Wendy’s family was in the back of the cemetery so we were winding our way back there when we found this.
The Robinettes are part of Wendy’s family and Clifford has two headstones! One you can see above and the other, below. It is a military issued headstone and is in the same site as the one he shares with his wife. We found that occurred throughout this cemetery.
As we walked from the area the Robinettes are buried in, we, of course, stopped to look at others. Scott was fascinated by this seemingly homemade headstone for W.C. Callen who died 29 December 1938.
It was created out of a plain piece of stone, no particular shape, and Callen’s name and information appeared to be chiseled in it. The headstone in the picture below was evidently made out of a type of stone that does not withstand the elements. No matter how hard I try, I cannot read the name! The stone is decaying away as are the remains of the person it is honoring.
Although the shadows were long, we still had one more cemetery to visit! Glenwood Cemetery was established by the IOOF and Masonic organizations in 1904 according to the sign. Not limited to just members of those organizations, citizens of the community were buried there also.
Although this appears to be a military type of headstone, it is doublemounted on slabs to keep it above the ground. Pretty good idea in cemeteries that do not maintain the grounds as well as this one seems to.
Ruby is buried next to Thomas with a similar style of headstone mounted the exact way. Her headstone was evidently placed there at Thomas’ death and the dates added upon her death.
Jesse McNemar’s headstone stood out to me for several reasons. Number one, living in a “Northern State,” I very seldom see Confederate flags adorning headstones and number two, I’m impressed with the flag holders I’ve seen at this cemetery. Thirdly, either this headstone is a replacement, or it has stood the test of time and weather well. Pvt McNemar died almost 100 years ago and the headstone is clear, easy to read and appears as new.
This was the first Woodmen of The World monuments I’d seen in a long time! It was difficult to read, but the round insignia towards the bottom gave it away. I saw no others in this cemetery.
Woodmen of the World is a fraternal, beneficial organization that was founded in 1890. It is still in existence today, providing insurance and a number of programs to their members. In the early days of the organization, they also provided headstones in various log shaped styles. They are easy to pick out in cemeteries due to this design. They discontinued providing these headstones sometime in the 1920’s due to the cost involved.
John Trantham’s headstone had a whole lot of symbolism going on! See the Dove and the road of life leading to the Gates of Heaven opening to receive him? At the bottom is the world, which he is leaving. At the top is the IOOF insignia. This is a beautiful headstone and the perfect one to close our day.
The sun was sinking behind the hills telling us our time was up. We had seen several cemeteries, Eureka Springs, Thorncrown Chapel and spent time with Scott, Wendy and Stephen! It had been a full day!
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