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Magnolia  Cemetery, #2 

The cemetery is approximately 50 feet on the front, and perhaps 200 feet deep, to the back (south) fence.  There are, however, about 40 - 50  headstones still accessible among the trees and brush, some unmarked, full slabs, and numerous depressions, with burial boxes in the ground.  Also noticed is the preponderance of small palm trees by many of the gravesites.  We also noticed a new “privacy fence” being constructed along the western side of the property in July 2007,  which separates the cemetery from the small church.  The church next door seems to have a new sign on its building which reads:  

First Church Emanuel of Redeemed Saints, Inc.
“A Church on the Move”
Bishop Annie P. Soles
Pastor James E. Webster

This cemetery is little-known.  A long-time Black local resident told us she was completely unaware of its existence, though she drives past the place on a regular basis.  The restoration of this site would make a wonderful public or community uplift project.  The results of the survey, which was accomplished in July of 2007, by Evan R. Strohl, Gene Presley, and local historian, Georgia SMITH, is below. 

The Magnolia Cemetery #2 is not presently in use, but was in  the 1950’s and 1960’s.  It has suffered, at least, the ravages of Hurricane Ivan and has not yet been restored. It is in serious need of restoration.  Surrounding the cemetery is an arrangement of stately giant oaks.  Mrs. Georgia Smith heard that it was an Eastern Star sponsored burial ground.

The earliest date of death seen is 1957, of Rosa FRYSON.  She is resting in the northeast corner, near the fence corner.  Against the new privacy fence on the west side, there is an infant, Isaac Edwards, Jr., born and died in 1959, who was buried by the now-defunct Barge Funeral Home, using its own aluminum funeral marker.   With one more exception, the remaining dates of death appear to be only in the 1960’s.  Another lady, Charlotte Craig, was born in the year the War Between the States ended:   November 1865 to December of 1966—101 years old!

GPS = N300  26.255'            W0870 14.025'

Directions: Drive West from Palafox Street (US29) and Cervantes Street (US90) about 0.75 mile to “E” Street and turn right.  Proceed north on “E” Street for an additional 1.2 miles, to Scott Street and turn left again.   Drive west another 0.3 mile on Scott Street to this Black cemetery, which is on the left side of the road.  This cemetery is directly across the street from the Englewood Baptist Church.  The cemetery is partially chainlink-fenced on the north and west sides and has a gate on the front (north) side. 

—Evan R. Strohl, July 31, 2007

Please send corrections or additions to Evan Strohl, Chairman, WFGS Cemetery Committee, or the Webmaster. All sources will be credited.


ANDREWS, Eddie E. 
“Father”      
Jan 24, 1939 - Jun 28, 1964

BARGE, Mary A. Sep 17[?] xxxx - Sep 19[?] xxxx
CALHOUN, Lottie Bell Nov 23, 1911 - Nov 27, 1964
CALLAWAY, Cecil  Nov 30, 1948 - May 01, 1966
COLE, Willie Aug 01, 1900 - Sep 11, 1962
CRAIG, Charlotte Nov 10, 1865 - Dec 06, 1966
EDWARDS, Isaac, Jr.                                     1959 - 1959
FRYSON, Deacon George  Jun 09, 1914 - Aug 14, 1968
FRYSON, Rosa July 18, 1899 - Feb 07, 1957
GABLE, Eddie B. Dec 17, 1948 - July 16, 1967
GANT, Jackson, Jr. May 10, 1886 - Jun 24, 1961
GUNN, D. W., Rev. Oct 12,  1898 - Sep 17, 1966
LATTIMORE, Howard July 13, 1888 - Feb 04, 1964
LATTIMORE, Susie Oct 20, 1897 - None
McCASTLER, Charlie                      Jan 15,  1934 - Jan 07, 1967
MILHOUSE, Philip   [ mil H/S ]         Jun 25,  1922 - Dec 25, 1964
July 22, 1900 - Oct 19,  1962
PALMER, Jesse Oct 08,  1943 - May 20, 1962
PAYNE, Susie Mae Feb 14, 1912 - Sep 02, 1965
POTTER, Debbie Elizabeth Jan 26,  1917 - Oct 01,  1968
SIMMONS, Johnny Aug 08, 1935 - July 01, 1967
SMITH, Woodie H. Jan 02,  1948 - Aug 03, 1964
TIPTON, James   [ mil H/S ] Mar 01, 1892 - Apr 14,  1960 { Virginia  – Pvt,  CO A, 510 Engr Service Bn }
WASHAM, William   [ mil H/S ]       Jan 18,  1902 - May 04, 1963 { Florida – Pvt, 15 CO, 155 Depot Brigade, WW I }
WATSON, James Edward                             1944 - 1965

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