Ashport / Bluff Cemetery
(Afro-American)

Highway 19 W & Becton Williams Road
Lauderdale County, Tennessee
This cemetery is right in the corner of Becton Williams Road, on the left as you turn off Highway 19 West.

Read 20th October 2000 by Sarah Midyett Hutcherson. Submitted in 2000 as "Bethleham Cemetery".

(Note: provided by Rosie Lemons, April 2016) - - Death certificates for the old burials in this cemetery have the burial place as ASHPORT, while some death certificates in the 1950's have Arp (the community) as the burial place. New burials in the newspaper list this cemetery as BLUFF CEMETERY. I recently spoke with an owner of one of the black funeral homes in the county and asked him if the Bluff and Ashport cemetery were the same; he said it was. For many years when I was a child, we lived within 100 yards of this cemetery, there was no church there just the cemetery and it was not called Bethlehem Cemetery. Most of the people who are buried there lived in "Ashport Bottom" where the Mississippi River flooded almost every year which prevented burials there, so they brought their loved ones to high ground on the Ashport Bluff for burial. In recent years, both the white Baptist Church and the black Bethlehem Gold Dust Baptist Church have moved their church building from "Ashport Bottom" to high ground. The black Bethlehem Gold Dust Baptist Church is now near this cemetery and I guess that's why Sarah Hutcherson who originally transcribed the cemetery thought it was named Bethlehem, but it's not and never has been Bethlehem Cemetery.

This list is in "Sorted" sequence. Click "Here for the same list in the Sequence it was recorded".

  • Thomas Funeral home marker; all could read was age 66 years
  • concrete stone unable to read
  • stone of concrete unable to read
  • BAILEY, Ruby Mae; 29 Aug 1913--19 Jun 1968
  • BARLOW, Lucretia D.; 6 Jan 1889--1 May 1993
  • BONDS, Emmitt, Sr.; 9 Jun 1903-- 5 Sept 1993
  • BONDS, George Noble; 1880--1956
  • BOOKER, Lucille; 14 Dec 1920--7 Dec 1959
  • BOOKER-??; concrete stone
  • CARTER, Annie M.; 11 May 1905--29 Jun 1979; double stone with W. Richard
  • CARTER, Cornetta; 23 Nov 1954--31 Oct 1992
  • CARTER, Josie Subject; 15 May 1869--25 May 1967; double stone with William Bill CARTER
  • CARTER, W. Richard; 20 Feb 1903--; double stone with Annie M.
  • CARTER, William Bill; 15 Nov 1850--2 Mar 1941; double stone with Josie Subject CARTER
  • COLEMAN, Lillie B.; 1924--1937
  • COLEMAN, Willie M.; 14 Jul 1930--30 Mar 1982
  • COLLIER, H------; 1871--1960
  • CROOK, Mattie; 15 Jan 1892--27 Sept 1951
  • CROOKS, Carrie Sue; 10 Jan 1917--23 Aug 1932
  • CURRIE, Travis L.; 22 May 1984--14 Oct.1991
  • CURRY, Richard, Jr.; wooden cross; name only
  • DAVIS, Anthony W.; 8 Sept 1961--4 Oct 1999; double stone with Vanessa A.
  • DAVIS, Charlie E. Jr.; 5 Mar 1959--2 Jan 1999
  • DAVIS, Finis; 29 Feb 1913-- 22 Jun 1962
  • DAVIS, Pete; 1869--1939
  • DAVIS, Vanessa A.; 21 Apr 1964--; double stone with Anthony W.
  • DAVIS, Wm. F. Jr.; 4 Sept 1942--16 Feb 1991
  • DAVIS, Wm. F. Jr.; 4 Sept 1942--16 Feb 1991
  • DAWSON, Ruthie Mae; 30 May 1915--6 May 1987
  • DeBERRY, Billie; 1st 1925--3rd 1965
  • DeBERRY, Mr. Leroy ; 10 Sept 1926-- 31 Aug 1997; funeral home marker
  • DRIVER, Bumbardy; 8 Jan 1921--15 Oct 1999; double stone with Juanita
  • DRIVER, Henderson; 1879--1954
  • DRIVER, Juanita; 29 Jan 1926--; married: 4 Oct 1941; double stone with Bumbardy
  • DRIVER, Lucian Sr. (Spoon Man); 3 Sept 1903--11 Nov 1973
  • DRIVER, Luella Fitzpatrick; 15 Feb 1906--29 Jul 1991
  • DRIVER, Peggie Jean; 1956--2000
  • DRIVER, Wallace; 6 Feb 1884--14 Dec 1953
  • DRIVER, Walter, Sr.; 2 Sept 1904--1999; funeral home marker
  • FINLEY, Lovie Coleman; 1915--1937
  • FLEMING, Leona; 1864--1938
  • FLEMINGS, Martha; 10 Apr 1895--8 Aug 1984
  • FORD, Arric Jr.; age 22--d. 10 May 2016;
    • parents: Arric L. Ford, Sr. and Devora Robinson of Clarksdale, Miss.;
    • brothers: Anthony Spencer, of Ripley, Aaron Ford, of Arkansas, Stephen Dixon, of Clarksdale, Miss
    • sisters: Disha Spencer, Stephanie Dixon, both of Ripley, Arianna Ford of Clarksdale, Miss, and Tandelyn Spencer, of Minn.
  • GLASS, Lorenzo; (one date) 7 Feb 1965
  • GREEN, Druecilla; 1907--1956
  • GRIGGS, Porter Arthur; 1 Jun 1909--28 Jan 1994
  • HALEY, Christopher; 25 Sept 1969--12 Dec 1988
  • HALEY, Harriett Savanah; 10 Mar 1925--12 May 1992
  • HARRIS, Annie; 1900--1968
  • HARRIS, Henry; 1900--1975
  • HENDERSON, Bessie Mae; 18 Dec 1921--29 Jan 2000; funeral home marker
  • HILL, Sue Ella; 17 Dec 1916--1 Jul 1964
  • HUTCHERSON, Everett Howard; 9 Sept 1915--25 Jul 1998
  • INGRAM, Lewis; 1912--1961
  • JAMES, Frank; 10 Jan 1895--10 Jan 1958; TN PFC CO A 324 Service BN QMC WWI
  • JAMES, Oscar C.; 23 June 1921--10 Nov 1945; Illinois Sgt.3124 QM Service Co WWII
  • JAMISON, Bertha M.; 24 Jun 1899--18 Dec 1980
  • JAMISON, John III; 1 May 1947--26 May 1967
  • JIMMERSON, Will; 18 Mar 1900--15 Dec 1945
  • JOHNS, Gertrude Simmons; 1918--1939; same stone as Bernie LOGWOOD
  • JOHNSON, Jessie; 1 Jul 1922--; double stone with Solomon
  • JOHNSON, Joe Roy; (one date) 6 Mar 1956
  • JOHNSON, Solomon; 25 Oct 1913--14 Sept 1992; double stone with Jessie
  • JONES, Clinton, Jr.; 28 Jan. 1992--2 Mar. 1992
  • JONES, Larry Tucker; 17 Oct 1952--29 June 1954
  • LEE, Clay; 15 Oct 1903--29 July 1996; double stone with Louella
  • LEE, Geraldine; 2 Oct 1931-- 5 Aug 1994
  • LEE, James A.; Tennessee; rest of headstone under ground too deep to read.
  • LEE, Louella; 15 Sept 1902--14 Mar 1991; double stone with Clay
  • LEE, Mrs. Clara Mackerway; 17 Jun 1906--4 Jun 2000; 94 years; funeral home marker
  • LEWIS, Henritta; 13 Mar 1904--15 Jan 1993
  • LOGWOOD, Bernie; 1918--1939; same stone as Gertrude Simmons JOHNS
  • MACKERWAY, Robert Lewis; 13 Jan 1928--25 Oct 1999; 71 years; funeral home marker
  • McCLISH, Captoria; 3 Oct 1902--29 Sept 1978
  • McCLISH, Jettie Mae; 10 Oct 1925--25 Oct 1988
  • McCLISH, M. C.; 4 Feb 1900--29 Apr 1971
  • MOORE, Inez; 29 Aug 1904--13 Aug 1994
  • MOORE, Russell Sr.; 4 Jul 1902--6 Jan 1974
  • MORGAN, Frank J. Jr.; 1979--2000; metal marker
  • MOTON, Buddie; 29 Nov 1897--21 Mar 1952; Oklahoma PVT 33 AAF Aviation SQ WWII
  • MOTON, C. T. (Big Boy); 21 Jul 1917--1 Jan 1991
  • ORR, Henietta Johnson; 15 Feb 1947--28 Jul 1987
  • PARKER, Earia; 16 Dec 1906--11 Jan 1991
  • PARKER, Melvin “Mike”; 28 Feb 1900--14 Oct 1987
  • PAYNE, Henry; 15 Apr 1872--13 Oct 1936
  • PERRY, Joe, Jr.; 3 Aug. 1922--4 May 1997
  • PERRY, Mrs. Rosa Mae; 19 May 1939--9 Oct 1999; funeral home marker
  • PERRY, Robert; 16 Jul 1939--12 Dec 1988
  • PERRY, Robert; 16 Jul 1931--12 Dec 1938
  • PITTS, Little Jimmie W.; 1949--1950
  • PORTER, Paul A. “Too-Tall”; 22 Jan 1966--6 Mar 1988
  • RICHARDSON, Essie L.; 17 Jan 1925--20 Jan 1993
  • RICHARDSON, Greene; 16 Sept 1893--29 May 1972; TN PFC US ARMY
  • RICHARDSON, John E. (Buttercup); 25 Aug 1927--11 Oct 1995
  • ROGERS, Dorothy Ruth; 29 Jan 1916--4 Jan 1979
  • ROSS, Delores Davis Hopes; 13 Jul 1938--8 Sept 1962
  • SIMMONS, Charlie; 18 Dec 1878--25 Feb 1942
  • SIMMONS, Florence W.; 4 Dec 1882--31 Jul 1964
  • SIMMONS, Haxel Lee; 14 June 1920--8 Oct 1986
  • SIMMONS, Hugh; 11 Apr 1909--12 Apr 1984
  • SIMMONS, Johnny B.; 1 Apr 1911--13 Aug 1977
  • SLAUGHTER, Delores Ann Glass; 2 Feb 1948--27 Sept 1992
  • SLOTER, Gus; 1872--1949
  • SMITH, Birdie W.; 10 Mar 1895--9 Mar 1962; TN PVT 37 CO 158 Depot Brigade WWI
  • SMITH, Essie Mae (Mama Crobie); Oct 1920--Aug 1999
  • TATE, Emma T. “Nook”; 8 Jul 1939--30 Jun 1988
  • WADE, Luegine McClish; 7 Feb 1926--2 Feb 1996
  • WALKER, Irene Lee; 4 May 1879--24 Dec 1965
  • WILLIAMS, Delisa Hopes; 4 Oct 1968-- 1 Feb 1999
  • WILLIAMS, Murray; 26 Feb 1908-- 21 Dec 1991
  • WILLIAMS, Ular V.; 21 Oct. 1914--7 Apr. 1998
  • WINBUSH, Cora Mae; 24 Nov 1930--; Double Stone with M. C.
  • WINBUSH, M. C.; 18 Apr 1929--2 Jul 1993; Double Stone with Cora Mae
2000 Lauderdale County Coordinator
updated June 1, 2016

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