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Pleasant Grove Cemetery

Also called “Crabtree Cemetery” or “Taylor/Crabtree Cemetery”

Contributed by: Faye Dreadin McBurney

The Pleasant Grove Cemetery is located in Molino, behind the site of the Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church (original church building 1905; rebuilt in the early 1950’s; completely destroyed by arson May, 2003).  Regular church services here were discontinued in the mid-1960’s when members merged with Aldersgate United Methodist Church, or moved to McGhee or Lathram Chapels.  Annual “Homecomings” are, however, still held here by the many descendants of the founding members, and the cemetery continues in use for those families.  (The “left” side of the cemetery is generally used by descendants of the Taylors, while the “right” side is allocated to Crabtrees and Vaughans.)

Directions:  From Pensacola, go North on Hwy 29 to Molino Road (State Road 182); turn left (West) on 182 and go west 2.4 miles to Sunshine Road.  Turn right and go north 1 mile to Crabtree Church Road.  Turn left and go west again for 1.8 miles to Gibson Road.  Turn right and go north about 100 yards on Gibson Road.

This cemetery was surveyed on October 18, 2003 by Andrea (Golightly) Clark, Martha (Dreadin) Davis, and Faye (Dreadin) McBurney, all granddaughters of Andrew Jackson Taylor and Martha Adeline Smith Taylor.

Please send corrections or additions to Evan Strohl, WFGS Chairman, Cemetery Committee, or the Webmaster.


LEFT SIDE (moving from entry gate to left fence line):

Double Headstone, TAYLOR

Andrew J. “Jack”      [son of Andrew J. Taylor and Addie, see below]     

Dec. 5, 1914                   

Apr. 9, 1996

Victory in Jesus

  On slab itself: To his faith he added virtue, knowledge, temperance,

  patience, godliness, brotherly kindness and charity.

                                                         2 PETER 1:3-8

 

Genevieve V. “Jean” [Villon]

June 7, 1918

Aug. 31, 2001

Amazing Grace

   On slab itself: Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

                                                          MATT: 5:8

 

Double Headstone, TAYLOR

Andrew J. [his grandparents and father are buried at Latham Chapel]

June 17, 1979

Feb. 14, 1965

Precious memories - how they linger.

 

“Addie”  [Martha Adaline Smith Taylor]

Nov. 4, 1888

Mar. 27, 1968

She served with love.

***

Rollin E. Golightly [grandson of Andrew J. and Addie Taylor]

Dec. 3 1946

Dece. 29, 1967

“Pete”

 

Military Footstone:

ROLLIN E. GOLIGHTLY

FLORIDA

PFC US ARMY

VIETNAM

DEC 3 1946 DEC 28 1967

 

DOUBLE HEADSTONE, GOLIGHTLY:

Rollin

Dec. 22, 1920

Mar. 20, 2003

A generous and loving heart.

 

Ruth Taylor

Dec. 23, 1922

(still living at time of survey)

***

 

John Isaac Dreadin

Sept. 9, 1910

Dec. 8, 1960

 

Malissa Adaline Taylor Dreadin (wife of John Isaac)

Sept. 23, 1912

July 11, 1994

***

Marvin L. Lucas [called “Marvalee”]

Florida

TEC 4 115 SIG SERVICE CO

WORLD WAR II

DEC 30, 1920    DEC 31, 1952


Donald Ray Lucas [“Dick”]

MSGT

US AIR FORCE

WORLD WAR II

Nov. 14, 1922

June 4, 1993.

***

DOUBLE HEADSTONE, LAWS:

George Luther

Feb. 13, 1925

Nov. 21, 1991

A loving husband and father

 

Military footstone:

George Luther Laws

BM2 US Navy

World War II

1925     1991

 

Mossie Ellen

Oct. 16, 1931

(still living at time of survey)

Devoted to God and family

**

Jacob C. Taylor [the “C” stood for nothing; brother of Andrew J. Taylor]

Sept. 14, 1872

June 22, 1952

 

Maggie Lucas [Margaret Mae Taylor, sister of Andrew J. Taylor; she married 1st Joseph L. Barks, and 2nd William Riley “Bud” Lucas]

1876 - 1957

Loved By Everyone

 

Susan Manning [stone is effaced, but believed by the surveyors and an aunt to be Susie Manning]

NOTE:  the genealogy that Faye McBurney has indicates that Susan (Susannah Missouri Taylor, sister of Andrew J. Taylor), married John C. Manning; Aunt Susie’s dates are 11/23/1874-11/14/1956. She had a daughter, Ila Mae Manning, who married Larry Edgerman. The Edgermans had a daughter, Juanita, who married first Joseph Edward Thompson, and 2nd Cary Paul.

 

Joseph M. Thompson [grandson of Ila Mae Manning Edgerman/Paul]

Nov. 19, 1972

Nov. 22, 1972


(slab only -- no writing)

Ila May Edgerman [some say Ila May Paul; see note above]

 

Carl [Carey?] Paul

(stone effaced, cannot read)

 

Eugene Taylor  [brother of Andrew J. Taylor]

1882    10, Sept.

 

DOUBLE HEADSTONE, GILLEY:

Delmas

May 3, 1907

Jan 13, 1972

His life was beauty, truth, goodness and love

 

Lottie Taylor  [daughter of Andrew J. and Addie]

Oct. 12, 1909

Mar. 10, 1979

She was the sunshine of our home

always loving, always loved.

***

 

David E. Laws

Oct. 22, 1956

June 29, 1971

In loving memory

 

DOUBLE HEADSTONE, TAYLOR:

Brooks

Mar. 9, 1911

Apr. 13, 1983

Amazing Grace

 

Helen M. [McFadden]

July 2, 1916

Jan. 11, 1992

Garce will lead me home.

 

RIGHT SIDE (left to right facing north at south fence):

1.  William H. Churchill                  2. Billie L. Simpson, Jr.

     AMM 2 US Navy                            Aug. 16, 1960

     World War II                                   July 30, 1984

     1925   1975                                     Father of Nitasha-Billie III

                                                             When you think of me do not weep, for the prize of peace is mine.

 

3.  William D. Vaughn          4. Infant                    5. Patrick Warren Monroe

      Jan. 21, 1933                       Mary Ann Luth         Jan. 31, 1982

      Feb. 28, 1933                      July 25, 1964             Lord, we give you

                                                                                    our littlest angel.

6/7.  DOUBLE HEADSTONE, VAUGHN:

                Father                               Mother

     William Albert                     Bernice Crabtree

     July 1, 1984                          Nov. 12, 1900

     Feb. 22, 1959                       Feb. 27, 1981

 

8/9. DOUBLE HEADSTOINE, GORANSON (under Vaughn):

     Robert A.                             Leslie D.

     Dec. 28, 1922                      July 12, 1918

     June 9, 1987                        May 16, 1998

 

   Military footstone:

   ROBERT ADAIR GORANSON

   US NAVY

   WORLD WAR II

   DEC 28 1922      JUN 9 1987

 

10. (next to Vaughn)               11. Woodmen of the World/tree trunk on pedestal

    James D. Tyree                               Eschol D. Burroughs

    May 21, 1885                                           Born

    Jan. 4, 1955                                       Aug. 6, 1884

                                                                     Died

                                                              Mar. 20, 1917

                                                    A loving father and a devoted husband.

 

12. Eva Burroughs [Crabtree]                 13. Chester E. Watson

      Sept. 21, 1891                                             SGT US Army

      Jan 23, 1969                                              1912           1990

   Mother, dear to our hearts.

 

14. [next to Chester Watson -- unmarked grave of Alma Burroughs Watson]

 

15. [under Chester E. Watson]

      Sept. 23                Dec. 22

      1942                      2002

          Betty F. Haycraft

          Beloved Mother


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