TOMBSTONE INSCRIPTIONS FROM BLACK CEMETERIES
IN CARROLL COUNTY, TENNESSEE

Compiled by Jonathan K. T. Smith
Copyright, Jonathan K. T. Smith, 2000

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REEDY CREEK CEMETERY

Located in McLemoresville, Tennessee. From Highway 77 in this town turn onto College Street, drive about .3 mile to Adams Street, drive over this street about .1 mile to the Reedy Creek Missionary Baptist Church (built in 1957); the cemetery is located behind the church, on a long, gentle slope. This black congregation has been in existence since 1868 when the local whites turned it over to them and their Baptist congregation moved into Trezevant. It has long served as a community burial ground for black folk of the area. It may be that blacks were buried in the large cemetery in McLemoresville, near Reedy Creek Cemetery, in antebellum times, but if so evidences of their graves have disappeared.

D/DAVID HALL
July 10, 1906-
LUELLA B. HALL
December 15, 1913-March 8, 1988
They gave their today for our tomorrow

MAE HENRY BELL
May 25, 1925-April 3, 1991

JOE DAVID HALL
August 8, 1930-December 12, 1981

D/THELOPIS TOWNSELL
December 25, 1907-December 17, 1997
MAMIE LOU TOWNSELL
July 15, 1913-May 6, 1944; married 1938
/Their photo is on the tombstone./

D/J. D. BELL
August 2, 1912-April 14, 1984
(Masonic emblem)
ELLA MAE BELL
June 20, 1920-November 7, 1987
(Eastern Star emblem)

 

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HESSIE HOLMES, Aunt
1889-1980
in loving memory

SANDY HALL
April 17, 1905-February 17, 1996

DELLAR MAE ALLEN
July 8, 1930-February 1, 1970
In loving memory

JOSIE BELL
1880s-1965
In loving memory

D/OTIS BELL
1910-1967
ESSIE M. BELL
1904-1978

MATHIS L. BELL
PFC U.S. Army, World War II
1922-1977

JUDEAN WITHERSPOON
1918-1972
In loving memory

GEORGE BELL
Hay 15, 1871-January 5, 1951
At rest

JOHN WEBB
July 14, 1907-August 12, 1935
At rest

ELIE THOMAS, Mother
November 25, 1911-October 21, 1931

SAM LUTER
1864-1951

BOB, Husband of Harriett ADKINSON
Born June 1853
Died December 20, 1903

CARMAN F. NANCE
PFC U.S. Army, World War II
November 12, 1921-August 28, 1947

TOM HARRIS
Tenn. PVT 20 Engrs.
Died August 11, 1923

OTHER CLAY
August 2, 1884-October 11, 1912

D/J. D. PEARSON
February 21, 1914-
SAMMIE REE BELEW
December 8, 1922-October 30, 1994

ALVINA FUQUA, no dates

EDNA TAYLOR, no dates

AREALIA PEARSON, no dates

WILLIE ESTER PEARSON, no dates

RUBY D. BELEW
May 7, 1916-December 7, 1937

D/JOHN McCOLLUM
April 11, 1928-October 15, 1994
IDA M. McCOLLUM
February 4, 1935-
/Their photo is on tombstone./

D/GEORGE LEE BELL
1903-1988
ZODIE WILLIAMS BELL
1903-1981

LUCILLE BELL WEBB
July 15, 1903-September 26, 1983
Love, Faye

MATTIE BELL, Our darling Mother
1873-1972

D/RUBIN BELL
1900-1969
ZELMA BELL
1912-1996

CHRISTINE BELL
June 3, 1888-August 6, 1958

CHARLIE BELL
April 1, 1883-March 26, 1953

OLA D. BELL
March 5, 1898-January 1, 1944

ANNA L. DOUGLAS LOCKHART
November 6, 1911-August 16, 1944

HATTIE TURNER
188 1-1948

JUDIE LUTER
1864-1946

ARTHUR WILLIAMSON
1870-1963

GENEVA WILLIAMSON
April 28, 1908-April 24, 2000
FH marker

LULA H. WILLIAMSON
1884-1937

ODDIE CLAY
April 18, 1884-June 15, 1928
A voice is still. . . .

'LUE BELL
Born 1858
Died October 20, 1900

D/WESTLEY BELEW
1887-1955
ALICE S. BELEW
1890-1957

A. Z. PEARSON, no dates

SAM PEARSON, no dates

 

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D/WILLIAM HOLT
1875-1963
LOTTIE HOLT
1880-1931

D/DONNIE McCULLOUGH
1893-1964
ELIGIE McCULLOUGH
1883-1973

L. B. McCULLOUGH
Sunrise October 20, 1914
Sunset October 13, 1996

DUBOIS McCULLOUGH
January 17, 1937-December 26, 1961

MAUD HILLSMAN
August 2, 1885-October 9, 1963

OATEN E. HILLSMAN
July 11, 1891-February 18, 1946
In loving memory

SHERMAN HILLSMAN
Tenn. PVT Co. L, 809 Pioneer Inf.,
World War I
February 28, 1895-December 20, 1964

BETTIE COLEMAN
June 15, 1865-July 30, 1945
Gone but not forgotten

WILLEZRA HARRIS
February 8, 1884-January 18, 1945
Gone but not forgotten

MARY NELL HUNT
July 4, 1909-April 8, 1998

SANT HUNT
1865-1954

WAITSTELL FRAME
1915-1940
In loving memory

ELIHU HUNT
1913-1930

EVA JEAN HUNT
1920-1955

LANCE FRAME, Husband
1906-1985

ELNORA FRAME, Wife
1903-1983

EBB McCULLOUGH, Father
1873-1955 At rest

MAMIE HUNT
April 8, 1902-February 28, 1985

MAGGIE LUCILLE COLEMAN THOMPSON
July 3, 1937-May 2, 1993

JIM HANDSBER /HANSBRO/
Born 1801
Died June 10, 1887

YUMA WEBB
Died May 4, 1997 Age 64 years
Rawls FH marker

D/ZELNER CARTER
January 1, 1912-September 7, 1988
/S1 U.S. Navy, World War II/
NAOLA CARTER
August 16, 1922-March 31, 1995
wed July 21, 1942

D/LANNIE G. McCULLOUGH, SR., Father
February 21, 1892-March 17, 1974
CASSIE ANNER H. McCULLOUGH, Mother
August 22, 1892-January 27, 1975
married December 27, 1911

MILDRED FOREMAN
October 13, 1928-June 29, 1981
In loving memory by Ann & M. T.

DARNELL HILLSMAN
1922-2000 Rawls FH marker

ROBERTA BARDWELL, Mother
1888-1938 At rest

ORA DINWIDDIE
1861-1951

OTHELL HUNT, SR.
August 29, 1906-May 22, 1998

SUSE HUNT
Died October 10, 1917 Age 30 years
Gone but forgotten
/Someone tried to superimpose "born" over "died" on this tombstone./

D/BOLIVAR HUNT
Born 1860
Died September 23, 1939
NICIE HUNT
Born 1867
Died January 25, 1943
Gone but not forgotten

MAYO HUNT
Tenn. TEC 5 Field Artillery, World War II
October 3, 1924-March 30, 1947

A. G. GREER
September 4, 1895-December 13, 1949

JAMES O. WILLIAMSON
Tenn. Sgt. HQ Co 2 Bat GD, Korea
May 3, 1933-July 2, 1958

LURLEAN BYRANT
June 8, 1918-November 1, 1976

CORNELIUS E. TAYLOR
August 1, 1955-August 21, 1988
Rest in peace

 

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P/ROBERT COLEMAN, Daddy
January 15, 1905-October 29, 1982
RETHA M. COLEMAN, Mama
February 15, 1911-September 14, 1985

D/GERMAN HALL
1891-1983
ELLA HALL
1895-1970

PETER NEWBILL
1852-1936 Age 84
Gone but not forgotten

GERTRUDE HUNT
February 3, 1900-May 7, 1987

ADDIE LEE COLEMAN NEWBILL
Loving wife & Mother
no dates

DOCK WILLIAMSON
Died October 25, 1918 Age 73 yrs.

D/CORNELUS WILLIAMSON
Born 1884
Died December 26, 1931
VIOLA WILLIAMSON
born 1877
Died September 16, 1961

WILLIE MAE HILLSMAN
March 2, 1900-September 16, 1938

GEORGE HUNT
September 30, 1830-Oct. 20, 1908
Godís finger touched him and he slept
(a fallen tombstone)

GEORGE BIGHAM
October 15, 1880-December 23, 1942

D/OTIS MEADOWS
December 9, 1929-
LA FRANCES MEADOWS
November 16, 1931-December 20, 1997

FAYE BELL BIGHAM
April 3, 1905-August 12, 1992

SAM ALLISON WILLIAMS
Tenn. SP4 U.S. Army, Vietnam
November 4, 1948-March 26, 1974

EARLINE WILLIAMS
January 3, 1929-
Wife of Roger

MARY LEE LUTER
1905-1969
In loving memory

WILLIAM REEVES , Husband
1903-January 13, 1978

"NANCE", nothing further

LETORIA RAY
1908-1972

CHARLES APRON RAY
U.S . Army , Korea
1929-1994

JOHN W. HALL
1919-1966

BENNIE WILLIAMSON, Husband and Father
1905-1956

LULA ADAMS ALGEE
February 27, 1897-October 6, 1969

LEAN NEWBILL
October 15, 1935-November 28, 1992
In loving memory

ABE NEWBILL
J. D. Elder Circle No. 1350
Died June 9, 1926
(a fallen tombstone)

JOHN HILLSMAN
J. D. Elder Circle No. 1350
Died November 24, 1925

L. W. WILLIAMSON, JR.
September 16, 1907-December 1, 1927

L. W. WILLIAMSON
February 28, 1883-June 23, 1952

Rev. JOHN HILL
Pastor Reedy Creek Baptist Church,
June 4, 1983-July 7, 1995
/SP 4 U. S. Army, Vietnam,
November 11, 1941-July 7, 1995/

ELLA BIGHAM
October 3, 1886-June 4, 1952

W. C. BIGHAM, no dates

DEMMIE BROWNING
October 22, 1896-September 16, 1963

ODARTHA LUTER
January 31, 1903-December 4, 1964

EMANUEL BIGHAM
January 20, 1910-July 8, 1963

ROGER L. WILLIAMS
TEC 5 U. S. Army, World War II
1924-1992

DON McCARTHY LUTER
Sgt. U.S. Army
June 9, 1949-January 21, 1999

JOSEPHINE BELEW REEVES
November 26, 1918-

"NANCE" , nothing further

"NANCE" , nothing further

On a sandstone: JD /only/

 

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FELBERT NANCE
September 5, 1895-December 15, 1972
Not my will but thine

JOHN C. "Sonny" BIGHAM
July 10, 1944-October 8, 1991

CURTIS BIGHAM, Beloved Brother
August 29, 1912-August 17, 1987

Rev. SAM H. BIGHAM
December 4, 1917-March 31, 1999
Loving Husband & Father

D/ROBERT BIGHAM, Husband
September 22, 1922-March 25, 1994
EARLENE BIGHAM, Wife
February 24, 1918-

JIMMY R. BELL
U.S. Army
1939-1993

PAUL ADAMS
1898-1945 At rest

VIRGINIA M. ADAMS
1942-1988
Williams FH marker

LUCIAN HURT
Born April 1, 1878
Killed by train June 7, 1895
Son of Margarete Dorsey

WAKE HILLSMAN
Born March 3, 1831
Died March 14, 1901
Gone but not forgotten

TINNIE MAY BARDWELL
Born March 13, 1905
Died June 18, 1906
Of such is the kingdom of heaven

DOSSIE MULLINS
Born August 12, 18_0
Died February 20, 1918

JESSIE R. WILLIAMSON
June 28, 1906-March 22, 1981

D/ROGER LEE BIGHAM
February 7, 1929-October 25, 1997
JUSTINE OWENS BIGHAM
January 2, 1937-
married September 6, 1958

MATTIE O. BIGHAM, Wife
April 27, 1928-July 2, 1974

JOHNNIE ADKISSON
June 27, 1908-December 2, 1991

DULLIE ADKISSON
May 28, 1916-

WILLIAM O. ADAMS, Son
August 17, 1936-October 1, 1977

LEONIA CLARK, Mother
November 23, 1891-April 14, 1948

HATTIE ADAMS, Mother
1880-1953

SAM WRIGHT
Born September 28, 1871
Died July 26, 1918 Age 47 yrs.

FRANK, Husband of Edith LUTER
Born February 1839
Died April 8, 1903
Only sleeping

JANE HANDSBER /HANSBRO/
Born 1833
Died October 1914 Age 81 yrs.

EMANUL CLAY
Born September 12, 1888
Died September 10, 1904

ANTHONY, Husband of Martha MURPHY
Born July 2, 1854
Died February 1895

ELVI HILLSMAN
Born 1858
Died June 20, 1916 Age 58 yrs.
Rest Mother rest

 


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