Tombstone Inscriptions, Et Cetera from the Black Cemeteries of Chester County, Tennessee
By Jonathan Kennon Thompson Smith
Copyright, Jonathan K. T. Smith, 2000

DEAN CEMETERY

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            Located in Henderson, Tennessee. From Main Street (Highway 100) drive north of No. Church Street .3 mile and turn east onto Baughn Street; drive from there .2 mile to Baughn Street Extended and drive .1 mile to this cemetery located on the south side of this street. Entrance is through a gate supported by two tall brick columns, a plaque on the east column reading:

In Memory of MARY C. PHELPS, Sept. 25, 1929-Oct. 29, 1998

This cemetery is maintained by the city of Henderson. It was known for many years as the Jaybird Cemetery and/or simply as the black cemetery of Henderson.

 

East Side

MILLARD F. SPENCER, Tennessee Cpl 2137 Base Unit, AAF World War II, October 24, 1908-November 23, 1960

JAKE HARBOUR, Died Mar. 20, 1942

THOMPSY NEVELS, 1871-1950\LULAR P. NEVELS, 1872-1950

JAMES NEVELS, 1900-1975\SUE NELL NEVELS, 1909-1991

WENDELL RICHARD PHELPS, Aug. 5, 1964-June 2, 1997, photo of him on tombstone, A loving husband

BERTHA A. PHELPS, loving Mother, October 26, 1907-September 26, 1986

GEORGE H. CROOM, August 1959-April 1982

EDGWINA DANILLE FISHER, July 18, 1987-August 20, 1997, In loving memory

Wooden cross:A. EDWARDS, no dates

HATTIE D. GENTRY, Mother, March 16, 1909-Jan. 20, 1972, In loving memory

L. A. HARBOUR, Born 1855, Died Nov. 17, 1922

small tombstone, base only remaining

OBIE CASON, Tennessee PVT Med DT 331 SCBN, QMC, World War I, December 26, 1890-October 31, 1956

TOMIE HYDE, 1902-1956\BILLY D. PHELPS, 7-23-1939 - 10-2-1997, Stephenson-Shaw Fun. Home Marker

WINIFRED ROBERT PHELPS, 1934-1983

Wooden cross: M. PHELPS, no dates

WILMA E. CROOM, Mother, October 30, 1936-January 1966

MARY CATHERINE PHELPS, A loving Mother, September 25, 1929-Oct. 29, 1998

ROBERT M. EDWARD, Tennessee PFC Co B 388 Engr. Rgt World War II, June 14, 1908-November 5, 1954

 

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CALVIN SPEARS, Died September 25, 1952

ALICE SPEARS, Died January 20, 1936

CHARLIE GENTRY, PFC Co F, World War II, September 1, 1905-August 18, 1963

EDNA daughter of Cliff & Lee GIVENS, May 22, 1901-February 16, 1918

RONNIE L. TRICE, August 26, 1903-June 9, 1971\LIZZIE C. TRICE, Died March 16, 1969

 

West Side

            A driveway separates the eastern and western sections in this cemetery.

WILLIE C. LOVING, April 18, 1951-JUNE 14, 1984\BARBARA L. LOVING, November 30, 1951-____

Sis SANDRA DELORES LUSK, April 11, 1962-January 11, 2000, Age 37

Mrs. LUCILE WADE HOLMES, November 15, 1915-October 19, 1992

JOHN W. VINCENT, Father, March 23, 1927-January 15, 1976

LISSIA K. R. VINCENT, Died October 26, 1994, Age 5 years, Funeral Home Marker

COLLIE C. ANDREWS, PVT US Army, World War I, April 3, 1898-May 3, 1967

HAL ARMSTRONG, 1902-1984\LILLIE MAE ARMSTRONG, 1919-____

INFANT of W. H. & M. H. HUMPHREY, Born November 24, 1899, Died November 25, 1899, She is at rest

MICHAEL L. MOTEN, Son, Nov. 20, 1949-May 26, 1997

PAULINE S. MOTEN, Mother, Oct. 22, 1919-May 29, 1997, Meet us in Heaven

SIMON EDWARD, Died February 18, 1902, Age 80 yrs., A loving and kind father, Gone but not forgotten

WILLIE L. THOMPSON, 1913-1999

LUEDEAL MICKENS, wife of Paul, August 11, 1920-March 8, l985

BESSIE MICKENS, Mother of Paul, January 1, 1895-March 22, 1982

Bro. DERRICK C. PHELPS, July 25, 1975-July 25, 2000, Age 26

JESSIE PAUL VINCENT, July 11, 1924-March 24, 1988

JAMES SPURGEON VINCENT, Cpl US Army, World War II, 1914-1974

SPENCER RICE, 1873-1962, A faithful servant, by N. B. Hardeman

WILL RICE, January 25, 1891-October 31, 1963\ADDlE RICE, March 16, 1898-August 16, 1985

HENRY ROBEY, November 15, 1900-July 3, 1996, In loving memory, footstone Uncle Henry

NELLIE D. MOTEN, March 28, 1888-Feb. 15, 1982

ROBERT THOMAS SMITH, PFC US Army, September 19, 1921-Apr. 8, 1995

SAM FLOYD, 12-21-1909 - 10-9-1998, Stephenson-Shaw Fun. Home Marker

WILBURN RICE, 1845-1923

ANNIE L. RICE, 1912-1937, Gone but not forgot ten

 

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S. P. PEDDY, Born 1858, Died January 12, 1910, Alas how sad to part with thee, friend of my better days. Canít forget the agonizing hour when those loved eyes closed to wake no more

MINNIE C. ARNOLD, November 21, 1885-December 15, 1951

WILLIE MITCHELL ARNOLD, SR., Cpl US Army, World War II, April 13, 1909-August 6, 1983

FRANK JOHNSON, PFC US Army, World War II, 1907-1987

LESSIE MURRELL, February 9, 1903-December 24, 1995

MARY ELIZABETH ROBY, 1896-1986

close by M. E. Roby are four graves marked with concrete blocks

HUBERT DOUGLAS son of G. W. &. O. E. CRINER, Born May 9, 1895, Died March 23, 1900

TOMMIE ARNOLD, March 1, 1899-March 13, 1976

JODIE C. ARNOLD, loving husband, Born April 4, 1912, Died April 10, 1990, Wife Clara Tucker

SOLON WILSON, JR., 11-24-1992, Mercer Fun. Home Marker

 

            There are evidences of hundreds of unmarked graves in this cemetery, a few known by death certificates:

ABE POE
Died April 6, 1917 aged 65 years

BERTHA CLAUSELL
February 27, 1895-September 18, 1918; dau of George Evans

WYLEY HURST
1852-July 22, 1919; son of Talbert Hurst

MARY HARMON
1862-June 17, 1920

MATILDA THERMON
Died April 26, 1921, aged about 55 years

BILL DEAN
February 11, 1843-March 1, 1922

MANDY MUSE
December 25, 1887-April 9, 1922; born in Mississippi

MAT EVANS (female)
Died March 11, 1923 aged about 75 years

 

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